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					                       Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

  Summer 2009
                            Update    the accu newsletter                                  Volume XXXV. 2

    Update is published              New Location for ACCU’s 2010
 quarterly by the Association
    of Catholic Colleges &           Annual Meeting
Universities. It is distributed to   ACCU’s 2010 Annual Meeting will be held
members of Catholic colleges         January 30 - February 1, at the Mandarin
and universities in the United       Oriental, Washington, DC.       The hotel
  States and internationally.        is only footsteps from the Tidal Basin,
  Submissions are welcome.           Jefferson Memorial and Washington
Please duplicate and circulate       Monument, and 12 minutes from Ronald
     this newsletter freely.         Reagan National Airport. This new
                                     location also offers ample space and
                                     numerous conveniences for our Annual
                                     Meeting. Please check ACCU’s Website
                                     later this summer for themes, speakers,
                                     schedule and registration information.
                                     Visit the Mandarin Oriental Website for
                                     more information on this luxury hotel in
                                     the heart of our nation’s capital.

                                      Catholic Higher Education
                                      and the Environment
                                      Alice L. Laffey, SSD
                                                                  Catholic Colleges and Universities have
      in this issue                                               always taught stewardship of God’s
                                                                     creation, if only in the Scripture classes
                                                                       of their theology departments. More
 Table of Contents              2
                                                                         recently, however, all colleges and
 President’s Letter             3                                         universities, just as our nation and
 Michael’s Minute               4                                          globe, have become frighteningly
                                                                            aware of the damage we have
 ACCU Announcements             5
                                                                            done to creation, some of which
 Conferences and Events         9                                           is irreparable.     We are now
 Environmental Stewardship
                                                                            moving to renew our commitment
                                                                            to good stewardship with the
 Peace and Justice Initiatives 18                                           goal of creating a sustainable
                                                                           environment for all of creation.
                                                                          That movement is taking many                                                   forms.
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                                                     TABLE OF CONTENTS

       President’s Letter..........................................................................................................................................3
       Michael’s Minute. .........................................................................................................................................4
       ACCU Announcements................................................................................................................................... 5
           Board Briefs............................................................................................................................................. 5
           L’Osservatore Romano Covers ACCU’s Annual Meeting ........................................................................ 5
       HR and Misson: Discussion Forum ................................................................................................................ 6
       Conference and Events .................................................................................................................................. 9
       Campus Notes .............................................................................................................................................. 10
           The iSJU Program at St. Joseph’s University: Teaching Students the Way of Saint Ignatius ............... 10
           Poetry Jam at Saint Mary’s College Helps Students Connect with the Homeless ................................ 10
           New Play Offers a Way to Spread the Pro-Life Message on Campus .................................................. 10
           “Slow-Food” Dinners at the College of the Holy Cross.......................................................................... 10
           Dominican Republic Project by Hilbert College Students is Changing Lives .........................................11
           Operation Hope Receives Volunteer Help from Fairfield University’s MBA Students ........................... 12
           Documentary Film by St. Benedict Student Spotlights Microlending in Chile ....................................... 12
       Mission-Focused Courses, Concentrations and Conferences ..................................................................... 13
           Canisius College Launches Institute for the Global Study of Religion .................................................. 13
           Fairfield University Hosts Conference Focused on Social Justice ........................................................ 13
           Cabrini College Announces its 2nd Biennial Common Good Symposium ............................................ 13
           University of Notre Dame to Host Conference on Sustainability and the Catholic University ............... 13
       Environmental Stewardship .......................................................................................................................... 14
           Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Environment...................................................................... 14
       Points of Interest........................................................................................................................................... 16
           Submissions Requested for Campus Ministry Catholic Social Teachings Clearinghouse .................... 16
           D+E+I Dialogues 2009: Collaboration and Transformation ................................................................... 17
           The 2010 CCHD Multi-Media Arts Contest............................................................................................ 17
           Volunteer Opportunities and The St. Vincent Palloti Center in Washington DC .................................... 17
       Peace and Justice Initiatives ........................................................................................................................ 18
           The Social Side Effects of the Environmental Crisis ............................................................................. 18
           Has Your School Taken the St. Francis Pledge? ................................................................................... 19
           CRS Global Solidarity Network Study e-Broad ..................................................................................... 19
           Universities to Promote Dialogue in the Middle East ............................................................................ 20
       Journal .......................................................................................................................................................... 21
           Call for Journal Submissions to the Journal of Catholic Higher Education ........................................... 21
       Update Newsletter ........................................................................................................................................ 21
           Subscriptions ......................................................................................................................................... 21
           Submissions .......................................................................................................................................... 21
           Editorial Staff ......................................................................................................................................... 21

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President’s Letter
C     harles Dickens’ opening to A Tale of Two Cities
      - “It was the best of times, it was the worst of
times” – readily comes to mind during the current
                                                                       political action groups, and the print media. Truth
                                                                       is masked by recourse to inflamed language and ad
                                                                       hominem arguments. Meanwhile, the gap between
period of global economic turmoil. Hardship and                        the economic haves and have-nots is widening here
anxiety can be found nearly everywhere, including                      and across the world, and growing numbers of people
on our campuses. Yet, Dickens’ complete opening                        experience religion not as a living faith but as a tool
sentence also should remind us that we need to                         of socio-political struggle. Ideologies of various
evaluate the status quo in terms of wisdom, hope, and                  kinds exhibit mounting rigidity and aggressiveness
faith – not just economics.                                                                       rather     than     humility
                                                                                                  and compassion.         These
    It was the best of times, it was
    the worst of times, it was the
                                         Ours should be a consistent voice                        tendencies are not universal,
                                                                                                  of course, but they are
    age of wisdom, it was the age        of reason, of faith, of respect for all                  prevalent and worrisome
    of foolishness, it was the epoch                                                              both in our nation and
    of belief, it was the epoch of       people, of compassion for the poor                       abroad.
    incredulity, it was the season
    of Light, it was the season of
                                          and suffering, and of confidence                            Catholic colleges and
                                                                                                  universities, by virtue of
    Darkness, it was the spring            that a loving God will be with us                      their mission to unite reason
    of hope, it was the winter of                                                                 and faith, are especially
    despair, we had everything                     to the end of time.                            well positioned to push back
    before us, we had nothing                                                                     against polarization, against
    before us, we were all going                                                                  inflamed rhetoric, against
    direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way           materialist visions of humanity, and against actions
    - in short, the period was so far like the present period,         which create unjust disparities or dysfunctional
    that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being        divisions. Ours should be a consistent voice of reason,
    received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of       of faith, of respect for all people, of compassion for
    comparison only.                                                   the poor and suffering, and of confidence that a loving
                                                                       God will be with us to the end of time. Viewed in this
    The particulars of Dickens’ description are                        manner, current socio-economic pressures provide
worthy of further reflection, but I wish to focus more                 excellent opportunities for us to tilt our teaching,
particularly on Dickens’ candid exposure of the role                   research, and institutional practices toward matters of
of noisy authorities in polarizing public debate and                   enduring significance.
creating social division rather than in following                          In brief, the mission of Catholic higher education
Christ’s call to peaceful pursuit of love and truth in a               remains as important as ever.
just society.
    Numerous commentators have observed that                              Richard Yanikoski, Ph.D.
contemporary American society is increasingly                             President/CEO
fractured by political, economic, religious, and
ideological differences.      Hard-line conservatives
and liberals shout at each other in talk shows, blogs,

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Michael’s Minute
Catholic Higher Education and Spaceship Earth                 dream dreams of a better environmental day and to

A     re you optimistic or pessimistic about the future
      of our world and the environment? Paul Hawkens,
in a commencement address to the class of 2009 at the
                                                              equip them with the skills and know-how to make
                                                              it a reality. On our best day, Catholic colleges and
                                                              universities will be able to redirect those who don’t
University of Portland, answered thus:                        understand “the data” and teach them the importance
                                                                                   of improving our appropriate use
    If you look at the science about                                               of earth’s resources.
    what is happening on earth and                                                     Many of our schools are
    aren’t pessimistic, you don’t          Our Catholic colleges and               already engaged in designing
    understand the data. But if you       universities are challenged              buildings and systems on their
    meet the people who are working          to assist those who are               campus that are eco-friendly,
    to restore this earth and the           willing to dream dreams                as well as teaching an ethic of
    lives of the poor, and you aren’t
    optimistic, you haven’t got a
                                           of a better environmental               environmental stewardship in
                                                                                   and out of the classroom. As
    pulse. What I see everywhere in
                                          day and to equip them with               Alice Laffy demonstrates in our
    the world are ordinary people         the skills and know-how to               lead story, we have begun, but
    willing to confront despair, power,         make it a reality.                 we have much more to do.
    and incalculable odds in order to                                                  While many claim that
    restore some semblance of grace,                                               spaceship earth is spiraling
    justice and beauty to this world.                                              downward, may the hopefulness
                                                                                   and the good work of the new
     As a Catholic committed to preserving and                generation redirect it upward. May Catholic higher
improving our environment, I couldn’t agree more.             education continue to rise to the occasion as good
And as a Catholic involved in higher education, I             steward: teacher, mentor and co-traveler. Our world
believe that our Catholic colleges and universities           deserves nothing less.
are challenged to assist those who are willing to
                                                                     Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D.
                                                                     Vice President

                 “Respect for life and for the dignity of the
             human person extends also to the rest of creation,
             which is called to join humankind in praising God.”
                 ~John Paul II, 1990 World Day of Peace Message, no. 16.

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ACCU Announcements
Board Briefs                                                L’Osservatore Romano Covers

A     CCU’s Board of Directors met June 11-12 at            ACCU’s Annual Meeting
      the University of San Diego. Gratitude was
expressed to Dr. Anthony Cernera, president of Sacred       A     CCU’s Annual Meeting was highlighted in an
                                                                  article of L’Osservatore Romano, the “semi-
                                                            official” newspaper of the Vatican. In his article,
Heart University, whose term as ex officio member
just concluded.                                             “Catholic Higher Education as an ‘Apostolate of Hope,’”
    In response to a request from Bishop Thomas             Giancluca       Biccini
Curry, chair of the United States Conference of             retells    Archbishop
Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education,          Marchetto’s message
the Board held a lengthy discussion concerning              of hope delivered in
campus speaker policies. This conversation continued        the U.S. as it relates
a dialogue started by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick,          to the pastoral care
who informed bishops in 2006 that their document            of        international
“Catholics in Political Life” warranted further             students. The author
clarification regarding its application to Catholic         notes      that     the
higher education.                                           Archbishop was in
    The Board asked ACCU staff to draft a document          the U.S. from January
portraying the nature of the student body entering          19 - February 5,
Catholic colleges and the principles which guide            speaking to students
Catholic higher education’s mission, programs, and          at various colleges
processes. The document will be national in scope           and universities throughout the country. In early
and also reflective of considerable differences among       February, Archbishop Marchetto addressed the
institutions. The document’s principal purpose is           participants at ACCU’s Annual Meeting. The article
to shed light on the core educational challenges,           stresses Archbishop Marchetto’s conviction that U.S.
opportunities, and contributions of Catholic higher         Catholic higher education is “infused with hope,” a
education.                                                  theme developed by Pope Benedict on his U.S. visit
    ACCU’s next Annual Meeting will be at the               last year.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC, January
30 to February 1, 2010.

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HR and Mission: Discussion Forum
Health Care Reform – A New Day                                              that is sustainable over time.
Gary Miller and Craig Mousin of DePaul University                                 With health reform discussions moving closer to legislation,
with an opening statement by Sister Carol Keehan,                           it is critical for employers, Catholic and otherwise, to pay close
DC, president and chief executive officer of the                            attention to the emerging details, understand the implications of
Catholic Health Association of the United States                            various policy options and sort through the misinformation that
(CHA)                                                                       often surfaces. Visit CHA’s Website at to track all

                                                                            the important developments.
      raig and I are dedicating this column to a discussion of
                                                                            *(The Catholic Health Association is the nation’s largest group of not-for-
      health care reform, one of the most significant issues
                                                                            profit health care sponsors, systems, and facilities.)
for our country in recent times. We expect that, beginning
this year, health care reform measures will create entirely                      Sister Keehan raises many excellent points. Taking only
new challenges and opportunities for Catholic colleges                      her comments about the rapidly growing cost of health care
and universities, as well as for their faculties and staff.                 since 2000 would be reason enough for all employers to
President Obama has said, “Health care reform cannot                        embrace health care reform, including universal coverage.
wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.”                 Simply put, without dramatic reform, the current health care
Following through on this bold statement, the president                     system in the United States is unsustainable. By the way,
started a national dialogue on this issue that included round               this applies not only to employer group plans and individual
tables representing a wide range of interest groups. We are                 policies, but also to Medicare, which officials have warned
deviating from our typical back-and-forth dialogue style to                 will be exhausted by 2017 at the current rate of expenditure.
present more straightforward coverage of this topic.                        To bring Medicare into actuarial balance would require
    We are extremely honored that one of the round table                    more than doubling the payroll tax currently set at 2.9
participants and one of the nation’s foremost experts in health             percent for both employers and employees. Without getting
care, Sister Carol Keehan, DC, president of the Catholic                    cost under control through dramatic reform efforts, quality
Health Association*, provided us with some insights on this                 health care will very soon be beyond the financial reach of
issue as it pertains to Catholic employers:                                 most Americans.
      As the national health care reform dialogue moves into the                 Sister Keehan also stated that access and quality are
next phase, employers should watch developments closely. If reform          related to cost and that all three components must be
efforts are successful, the three related issues of cost, quality and       addressed in a cohesive way for reform to be successful.
access will be addressed in a cohesive way. Currently employers
                                                                            It’s worth taking a little time to understand some ways that
that provide any kind of health benefits to their workforce face
“cost shifting,” wherein they pay ever-increasing premiums to               quality and access interact with cost. One way to assess
cover employees because the costs of treating the uninsured are             quality is by looking at the number of medical errors. By
offset by higher prices elsewhere in the system. For employers              some measures, medical errors are the third-leading cause
and workers alike, this means group coverage comes at a high and            of death in this country. The cost of these medical errors
growing cost: between 2000 and 2008, health insurance premiums
                                                                            is high not only in terms of human life, but also in terms of
rose more than 78 percent, while wages rose only 15 percent,
according to U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the                the additional medical expenditures necessary to treat the
Senate Finance Committee. Reform can change this scenario by                health problems created by these errors. This is one reason
making coverage more affordable across the board. Effectively               why quality must be part of the formula for a successful
using tools like information technology to provide safer, greater           reform effort.
quality care will also help to slow cost growth.
                                                                                 Regarding access to coverage, the costs physicians
      Catholic employers in particular should support a reformed
system not only because of the economic consequences but because            and hospitals incur when treating uninsured individuals
of the social justice implications. As a matter of human dignity,           who cannot pay end up being passed along to patients
everyone is entitled to health care. Like any basic element of              with insurance. So as the number of uninsured Americans
life, health care sustains us and should always be accessible and           increases, so does the cost of health care for those who pay
affordable for everyone—when they need it, where they need it,
                                                                            the medical bills—insurance companies, the government,
no exceptions, no interruptions. The Catholic Health Association
(CHA) advocates for a system that protects human dignity from               and employers as well as those who have medical coverage
conception to natural death, showing special concern for the poor           through these organizations (to the extent that they are
and vulnerable and delivering efficient, high-quality care at a cost        required to pay a share of the premium).

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        Additionally, uninsured individuals tend to delay             Catholic colleges and universities to drop their group health
treatment of health conditions until their conditions become          plans altogether. Naturally, this course of action would
severe resulting in more intense and costly treatments.               only be prudent for Catholic employers if a high quality-
When they do receive treatment, it’s usually in a hospital            public plan option were available; such an option is one
emergency room, which is one of the most expensive and                of the health care reform issues currently being debated in
least effective ways to obtain non-emergency care.                    Congress. That being said, relief from having to provide a
        Of course, as Sister Keehan states, health care reform        group medical plan would save millions of dollars annually
is not just a cost issue, but also a matter of principle. Her         in premium payments (or in direct claim payments for self-
point that health care is a basic element of life is a strong         insured plans) for most institutions. No longer offering group
argument for Catholic employers, in particular, to support            health coverage to faculty and staff would also relieve these
health care reform. Health care is a basic human right                institutions from onerous administrative and compliance
directly connected to each person’s fundamental right to              requirements—no more insurance brokers and consultants,
life.                                                                 health plan ERISA attorneys, or annual enrollments.
        That being said, however, employers need to be astute             Another consideration for all employers, and possibly
about how they integrate their internal group plans with              even Catholic employers that purchase fully insured plans
the reformed health care system. It’s not too early to begin          off the shelf, are the issues of inadequate benefit levels and
considering these issues that include employer mandates,              gaps in coverage. An example of the first concern would be a
the creation of a public plan, additional requirements                group medical plan with a low lifetime coverage maximum,
related to plan design and eligibility, and revised tax rules         say one million dollars or less. Once that maximum is hit,
for employer group health plans. Catholic colleges and                the plan stops paying, resulting in a participant’s medical
universities should begin internal discussions on these               bills no longer being covered by insurance. Individuals in
important issues very soon in order to be ready to act when           these circumstances essentially then join the ranks of the
legislation is proposed or passed. For those who want to              uninsured, even though they are not counted as such. Many
get involved in the national dialogue, the time is now. The           are forced into bankruptcy each year by overwhelming
importance of private higher education getting involved in            health care bills. Employers unwilling to increase low
the development of reform legislation is discussed toward             lifetime coverage limits would be doing their employees a
the end of this column.                                               service by allowing them to opt into the public plan, if it
        Before discussing the first issue of employer mandates,       becomes available. Of course, under present circumstances,
it’s important to note that employer coverage itself isn’t a          there is no public plan option so even a plan with a low
contested issue. The Obama administration, as well as both            lifetime maximum is better than no insurance at all.
large and small employer groups, appears to be committed                  Gaps in coverage can be harder to detect. Sometimes
to the current model of employer-provided group medical               a gap can be caused simply by an insurance company that
coverage.       In fact, health care reform legislation will          has a proclivity to deny large claims or exclude claimants
likely require employers to offer group medical coverage              as eligible for coverage. Questionable denials of claims and
to employees.       Under such a mandate, employers would             eligibility are a frequent occurrence in our country’s private
either have to “play” by offering coverage to its employees           medical insurance system and hopefully health care reform
or “pay” into a government fund that subsidizes a public              legislation will address these abuses.
health plan, a plan for those for who do not otherwise have               A related concern is that of employers who offer group
access to health insurance or cannot afford coverage. If a            coverage, but simply cannot afford to cover all of their
mandate were enacted, small businesses would likely be                employees. For instance, non-profits and small businesses,
exempted.       For employers not exempt from the mandate,            especially those that rely heavily on part-time staffing, are
the pay portion remains to be worked out by Congress: How             often forced to exclude these employees because of cost.
much should employers pay if they do not offer medical                If health care costs can be contained with effective health
coverage or restrict certain classifications of employees             care reform legislation, this may provide an opportunity
from their group plans?                                               for such employers to use the savings to expand affordable
        If non-profits or smaller colleges are exempt from a          coverage to all classifications of employees.     Of course,
mandate (if they don’t have to pay or play) or if the pay             if the health care reform legislation includes an employer
amount is minimal, this may be an opportunity for some                mandate, employers may be required to cover all employee

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classifications anyway. Consequently, as early as next year           effectiveness of the reform efforts. An example, already
some institutions could be put into a position of making              mentioned above, is the possible new requirement to
hundreds or thousands of additional participants eligible for         identify health plan coverage eligibility based on hours. If
coverage in their health plans.                                       this requirement had a slight modification that permitted
    As of this writing, it appears that only employees who            higher education to use credit hours taught versus hours
work 30 hours or more per week would be subject to an                 worked for determining adjunct faculty eligibility, this
employer mandate.     However, this raises other issues for           would relieve the necessity of possibly costly system and
Catholic colleges and universities. For instance, how will            administrative changes.
hours be measured for adjunct faculty? What about part-time                While     clearly     for   Catholic      employers,       principled
staff employees who are scheduled for less than 30 hours per          leadership with a concern for mission, social justice and
week, but actually work more? For many institutions, this             human dignity will drive the direction Catholic institutions
hours tracking requirement alone could involve complicated            take on these health care reform issues, effectively
and expensive system, reporting, health plan eligibility              integrating internal plans and policies with the reformed
management, and time reporting changes.                               health care system will require informed and astute business
    While the nuances surrounding these issues alone are              decisions and effective management in order to achieve the
a lot for employers to process, there will also likely be tax         desired mission, quality, and cost objectives.
changes to help finance the reform initiatives. The cost of the            As always, Craig and I invite our readers to enter into
reform measures being considered has been put at roughly              this dialogue by sharing their thoughts and experiences, as
$1.2 trillion over 10 years, possibly less if the reform              well as their practical and effective solutions, on any of
efforts are phased in. One very likely source of revenue              the topics we address in our columns.                 To facilitate this,
being considered by Congress is reducing the tax exclusion            we have a blog ( where
employees receive when they purchase their medical                    readers can comment on this column or any of our past
insurance through an employer ’s group plan.        Currently,        columns. We encourage your feedback to help direct more
not only is the employee’s portion of the premium tax free            attention to these issues.
(through a Section 125 plan), but also the share of the                    We would also like to post links to your mission
premium picked up by employers is nontaxable to covered               statements as well as HR and compensation philosophy
employees.    This tax break costs the federal government             documents if you would like to share them with our readers.
roughly $200 billion per year. Limiting this tax break could          This will permit a fuller discussion of how mission and
go a long way toward financing the reform initiatives.                Catholic Social Teaching enters into the employment
    It’s not likely that the entire tax exclusion would be            process.
eliminated, but group medical plan premiums could become
taxable for highly paid faculty and staff. Or premiums for            The opinions expressed in this column are ours alone and do not represent
insurance beyond the cost of a basic plan could become                DePaul University.

taxable for all covered employees.         Flexible Spending
Accounts may also be on the chopping block and the loss
of this tax savings device could affect all faculty and staff.
These possible tax code changes, if enacted, would raise
some touchy issues for Catholic colleges and universities:
Should affected employees be made whole? Should other
tax-savings health accounts, such as Health Savings
Accounts, be implemented?
    We’ll close with a thought on the importance of Catholic
higher education getting involved in the health care reform
dialogue as legislation is being finalized. Simple legislative
changes that take into account the unique needs of private
higher education could make the new rules significantly
less administratively onerous without diminishing the

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Conferences and Events
2009                                                  2009 Conference of the Association for
                                                      Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and
June                                                  Universities
Campus Ministry Leadership Institute
                                                      July 29-August 1, 2009
June 6-12, 2009
                                                      Siena College, Loudenville, NY
Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

Catholic Social Teaching                              August
and Issues of Justice:                                D+E+I Dialogues 2009
Curriculum Development Workshop                       August 13-15, 2009
June 8-12, 2009                                       University of New Mexico
Villanova University, Villanova, PA                   Continuing Education Center, Albuquerque, NM
Website                                               See page 17 for more information.
Substantially Catholic Seminar:
English Literature and Philosophy-
June 14 –19, 2009
Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, California
                                                      A Summons To Build
                                                      Meeting the challenge of providing social service
                                                      ministries in today’s parish.
                                                      NCR and Rockhurst University
Institute on Christian-Muslim Relations
                                                      October 8-9, 2009
June 14-20, 2009
                                                      Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Transforming the World                                2010
and Being Transformed
Social Justice conference for Jesuit colleges         January
and universities                                      ACCU Catholic Social Teaching
June 18-20, 2009                                      January 15-17, 2010
Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT                   University of San Diego
                                                      ACCU Annual Meeting
                                                      January 30-February 1, 2010
July                                                  ACCU, Washington, DC
2009 Institute for Administrators in Catholic         Website
Higher Education
July 13-17, 2009
Boston College, Boston, MA                            March
Website                                               Common Good Symposium
                                                      March 25-26. 2010
Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social             Cabrini College, Norristown, PA
Action Directors                                      Website
Social Action Summer Institute
July 19-24, 2009
Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ
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Campus Notes
The iSJU Program at St. Joseph’s University:                    New Play Offers a Way to Spread
Teaching Students the Way of Saint Ignatius                     the Pro-Life Message on Campus

i  SJU introduces and acclimates first-year students
   to the Ignatian mission and motto (spirit, intellect,
purpose) alive in the campus community of SJU. The
                                                                T    he premiere of Jeremy Stanbary’s two-person,
                                                                     one-act play The Vitae Monogogues took place
                                                                on campus at the University of St. Thomas, MN in
“i” comes from the focus on finding one’s individual            early 2009. This performance, based on inspiring true
vocation through 5 values: the person as Imago Dei;             stories, explores the “difficult reality of post-abortion
Imagination in action; Immersion in social justice and          trauma as well as the healing that’s possible after
community; Intellectual pursuit and Individual talents          abortion” (The Vitae Monologues Webpage).
and vocation. A series of residence “hall programs”                 To learn more about the Monologues, and for
including speakers from the student body, the faculty,          information on hosting the performance at your
and the Jesuit community are offered. The Program               campus, visit Epiphany Studio Productions’ Website.
reaches over 60% of the freshmen class and, since
its inception, participation in service and retreat             “Slow-Food” Dinners at
opportunities has risen significantly.                          The College of the Holy Cross
     For a link to the source of this article, Xavier           Michael Kennedy, ACCU Intern
University’s Jesuit Identity Resource, click here. For
more information on this initiative, visit St. Joseph’s
University’s Webpage.
                                                                A     rthur Korandanis, the director of auxiliary
                                                                      services at the College of the Holy Cross, has
                                                                been offering “slow-food” dinners to students since
                                                                being inspired by the ideas of Italian food writer
Poetry Jam at Saint Mary’s College Helps                        Carlo Petrini. Korandanis introduced the program to
Students Connect with the Homeless                              encourage students who have been raised in a fast-

S    tudents from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana
     have set up a weekly poetry reading at their local
homeless shelter. As part of a project for a religious
                                                                food culture to take the time to enjoy the experience
                                                                of eating with fellow diners and appreciate the people
                                                                who prepare and serve the food.
studies class, three students, Lauren Theiss, Meghan                A recent dinner at Holy Cross began with a short
Larsen and Nikki LaGare, volunteered at the local               introductory talk from Chef Tim Trachimowicz who
Center for the Homeless to help men study for their             described in detail the origins of the food served. The
upcoming GRE tests. During the time they spent at               food, he said, was all local, even minor items such
the shelter, they were inspired to help the men express         as the blueberries in the mesclun salad were locally
themselves through writing poetry.                              sourced.
    According to Theiss, the students felt it would be a            These bi-monthly events have become so popular
“good, healthy way for [the students] to express their          that the booking schedule for the spring semester was
feelings.” Religious studies professor Joe Incandela            full prior to the end of classes fall semester. Helping
paid tribute to the students saying “One of the goals           fuel popularity among students is the focus on good
of the projects for this course is to enable the student        food and good conversation; this is maintained by a
to view our society from the perspective of those on            total ban on cell phones and blackberries during the
its margins. The poetry jam has been an innovative              event.
way for these students to accomplish this goal.”                    For more information contact Cristal Perriello at
    The students went on to “publish” the men’s poetry          (508) 793-2419
and distribute the book at the homeless shelter.
    For further information visit the Poetry Jam
Webpage at St. Mary’s College.

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                                                                Elmwood Avenue shop that sells fair trade goods from
Dominican Republic Project by
Hilbert College Students is Changing Lives                      third world countries. Profits from the ongoing project
Hilbert College Newsline                                        benefit the artisans and Hilbert SIFE, an initiative that

U     sing a moped outfitted with two sturdy baskets,           will allow the group to purchase more goods on next
      a woman in the Dominican Republic makes one               year ’s trip to again sell locally.
of numerous trips for her weekly delivery of 50,000                 “It’s our way of assisting the artisans in expanding
eggs that will be sold in various village stores known          their market reach. Certainly, making their items
as “Colmados.” For the young attorney, this small               available nearly 2,000 miles away accomplishes this
business venture is a much needed supplement to her             goal. At the very least, it’s a positive step toward
income in a country considered among the poorest in             energizing their business efforts,” said Roland.
the world. And it all started with $100.                            Chad Thomson of Hamburg, Hilbert SIFE’s project
    The “micro-loan” the woman received to launch               manager for the Dominican Republic trip and an Iraq
her business is one of several intensive projects the           War veteran, came back from the service learning
Hilbert College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)              initiative with a fresh perspective.
members contributed to as part of the group’s annual                “I’ve served overseas but it was a different type
service-learning endeavor in the Dominican Republic.            of experience than that in the Dominican Republic.
As the SIFE group discovered during their winter                Many of the residents we encountered didn’t even
recess service trip in January, the micro-loan program,         have running water and yet they didn’t complain,” he
created in collaboration with Dr. William and Dawn              said. “Seeing first-hand their living conditions and the
Maher, coordinators of Jesse’s Children, has paid off           poverty, it made me realize I have a lot to be grateful
well for last year ’s recipients.                               for and it has made me appreciate everything here that
    “It was amazing to see what the micro-loan                  much more. I returned home a better person.”
recipients have done in only a year since receiving the             For Thomson, one of the most engaging projects
support,” said Daniel Roland, Hilbert SIFE advisor              involved building a repair shop, called Taller Bautista,
who accompanied the students. “While $100 may not               for a caretaker who works with the Sisters of Charity.
seem like much to people in the U.S., it’s a sizeable           The 12-by-20 workspace, attached to the residence of
figure for many in the Dominican Republic where their           the married father of four, involved everything from
annual income may be as little as $3,000-$4,000.”               shoveling gravel and building block walls to installing
    “In addition to the egg-selling business,” he said,         window frames and pouring a concrete roof.
“previous recipients have set up ventures ranging from              “We all pitched in to create something that will
clothing to school supplies. It’s a small investment            enable this man to kick off his own business and help
in something big for recipients with the potential to           him and his family for years to come,” said Thomson,
improve their quality of life.”                                 an economic crime investigation major.
    Last year ’s program proved to be so successful                 Each Hilbert SIFE project has had its own personal
that Hilbert SIFE provided an additional 10 micro-              and economic impact on the residents involved from
loans, made possible through the organization’s fund-           this small Caribbean island, and, too, has left a
raising efforts, to go toward small start-up businesses         lasting impression on the students who implemented
for recipients selected with the assistance of the              the projects.
Sisters of Charity, the congregation SIFE partnered                 “The students have come to understand that the
with when in the Dominican Republic.                            state of the economy is not just affecting people in
    Beyond this, the group is lending an entrepreneurial        the U.S., but also is affecting the lives of people
hand to some of the country’s artisans. Hilbert SIFE            around the world,” said Roland. “For the residents of
students brought back to Western New York numerous              the Dominican Republic touched by what we’ve done
hand-made goods, such as crafted cedar boxes,                   and continue to do in Western New York, like selling
paintings and jewelry made with stones indigenous               the artisans’ goods, they’ve gained much appreciated
to the country. Following an initial sale held recently         economic support, and, in the process, built their self-
on the college’s campus, remaining items were then              worth. Remarkable results can happen when we pull
provided to El Buen Amigo (a good friend), an                   together.”

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    Along with Thomson, other Hilbert SIFE members             Documentary Film by St. Benedict Student
who participated in the “Diggin’ Down in the DR!”              Spotlights Microlending in Chile

service learning trip were Hilbert SIFE President                    ndrea Carrow, a senior at the College of St.
Christopher Balon of Holland, Jonathon Clark of West                 Benedict in MN, produced a documentary, Del
Seneca, Denisa Krezic of Hamburg, Kevin McKenzie               Micro al Cambio, which debuted March 30 at the
of Orchard Park, and Krysten Sauer of Buffalo.                 College of St. Benedict and at St. John’s University.
    To access the original article, visit Hilbert                  In 2008 Carrow founded Extending the Link, a
College’s Website. For more information contact                nonprofit organization that produces educational
Paula Witherell.                                               documentaries to raise awereness of global concerns
                                                               witihin the St. Benedict and St. John’s communities.
Operation Hope Receives Volunteer Help                             The documentary examines microlending, which
from Fairfield University’s MBA Students                       is common in underdeveloped and developing
Fairfield University Press Release, April 30                   countries.

O     n Saturday, April 25, students in the MBA program
      at Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School
of Business restocked the shelves of Operation Hope,
                                                                   For the full article by Jackie Taylor of Catholic
                                                               News Service, click here.

a local food pantry, as part of the Jesuit MBA National
Day of Service. That day, the Dolan School students
along with every Jesuit MBA program nationwide did
a community outreach project.
     The Dolan School students decided a food drive
would fill a great need this year to help those who
are struggling during these turbulent times, especially
as food pantries across the country face challenges
keeping up with demand.
     The students’ service project embodies the Jesuit
tradition of educating the whole person while servicing
the community in an attempt to move an individual
from experience to reflection to action.
     Operation Hope provides a variety of helpful
services to people who are homeless and at-risk of
homelessness. A majority of program participants
first contact Operation Hope when they are in need of
assistance with housing, shelter and food. Often, they
are already homeless. The Shelter and Food programs,
which include a community kitchen and food pantry,
offer emergency assistance.
      For the complete news release, visit Fairfield
University’s Webpage.

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 Mission-Focused Courses,
 Concentrations & Conferences
Canisius College Launches Institute for the                      Cabrini College Announces its 2nd
Global Study of Religion                                         Biennial Common Good Symposium

R      ev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J. recently announced
       the creation of the Institute for the Global Study
of Religion (IGSOR) at Canisius College. Timothy
                                                                 T    his Symposium, “The Promises and Challenges
                                                                      of Solidarity: Campus-Community Partnerships
                                                                 and the Mission of Higher Education,” will take place
H. Wadkins, PhD, professor of religious studies will             March 25-26, 2010.
serve as director of the institute. The institute is an              The theme of SOLIDARITY is emerging as the
educational, research and public outreach initiative             future for civic engagement initiatives based on
of the Religious Studies and Theology Department.                mutual collaboration with and empowerment of
IGSOR programs and activities will facilitate dialogue           communities whose vision outstrips their resources.
about the complex relationship between religion and              Cabrini welcomes Catholic, other faith-based, and
culture around the world, promote the Catholic identity          secular colleges and universities and their community
of Canisius College, and complement the Jesuit                   partners to join them in dialogue about:
mission to educate men and women for the service                     • Solidarity and Mutual Empowerment in Campus-
of faith and the promotion of justice throughout the                   Community Partnerships
     The institute’s public outreach program features                • The Role of Institutional Mission and History in
the Joseph J. Naples ’41 “Conversations in Christ                      Shaping Mission-Centric Partnerships
and Culture Lecture and Performance Series.”                          Mirroring the theme of the symposium, joint
Inspired by H. Richard Niebuhr ’s famous study of                presentations by presenters representing both campus
the ways that Christianity historically interacted with          and community are encouraged. Proposal deadline:
cultural contexts, the series emphasizes academic,               October 15, 2009.
interdisciplinary and interfaith attempts to comprehend               Proposals may be sent to: Dr. Mary Laver
and foster conversation about all aspects of religion.           610-902-8409 A web-based posting of presentations is likely,
It is funded by a permanent endowment established by             following the symposium.
the Joseph J. Naples Foundation.
     For more information visit Canisius College’s               University of Notre Dame to Host
Webpage, or contact Eileen Herber at 716-888-2790.               Conference on Sustainability
                                                                 and the Catholic University
Fairfield University Hosts Conference
Focused on Social Justice                                        O     n October 9th - 11th 2009, the University of Notre
                                                                       Dame will host a national conference, Renewing

F    rom June 18-21, Fairfield University will host the
     “Transforming the World and Being Transformed”
                                                                 the Campus, with the goal of advancing the engagement
                                                                 of Catholic universities with the most pressing
                                                                 environmental challenges of our time, primarily
    Representatives from the nation’s 28 Jesuit                  those related to climate change. This conference
universities and colleges, and from developing                   will serve to enhance understanding, activism, and
countries, including Nicaragua, India, and Colombia,             cooperation among Catholic universities in the area
will discuss avenues for working together to strengthen          of sustainability and to contribute a valuable faith
the tradition of social justice that is the hallmark of a        perspective to the national and international dialogue
Jesuit education.                                                of university-based sustainability efforts.
    The presentations include a wide range of topics                 Individuals and institutions interested in
on academic and experiential efforts in the developing           participating can find more information and online
world. Attendees should leave with a renewed sense               registration here.
of purpose and feel encouraged by the support from
peers. For more information, visit the Webpage.
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Environmental Stewardship
Catholic Colleges and Universities                               a C- in 2009. Endowment transparency is the factor
and the Environment                                              for which most schools receive the lowest grade.
Alice L. Laffey, SSD                                                  The National Wildlife Federation has published
(continued from page 1)                                          a National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher

T    he Association for the Advancement of                       Education on which it lists nineteen Catholic Colleges
     Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)                  and Universities in twelve states attributing to them
has at least forty four-year and graduate Catholic               “excellent programs” in conservation. While some
institutions as members.        Some twenty-four of              of the Catholic Colleges and Universities are to be
the presidents of those institutions have made an                found on all of the lists, some are found on only
institutional climate commitment, pledging to work to            one, making the total number of Catholic schools of
neutralize greenhouse gas emissions and to accelerate            higher education recognized for making strides in
the research and education needed to stabilize the               sustainability more than fifty. And how many are not
earth’s climate. Also, through AASHE, a Sustainability           formally recognized?
Tracking, Assessing, Rating System (STARS) is being                   In addition to the mechanisms created to evaluate
developed to measure the relative progress toward                colleges and universities with respect to their
sustainability of colleges and universities. This year ’s        environmental behaviors, the behaviors themselves
pilot program includes 70 schools of which at least              are becoming better known. Georgetown has an
three are Roman Catholic (College of St. Benedict, St.           energy management team that monitors and fine-tunes
John’s University, and Santa Clara University). The              energy use in campus buildings. Last year St. Xavier
goal of STARS is to develop a formal rating system               University opened Arthur Rubloff Hall, a green
for campus sustainability, by which institutions may             building that is LEED certified, that is, that received
measure themselves and qualify for different levels of           the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
recognition.                                                     gold designation from the U. S. Green Building
    The Sustainable Endowments Institute has                     Council. Fordham has several buildings that are
produced the College Sustainability Report Card in               computer-controlled for energy efficiency and have
order to evaluate schools and their efforts to become            environmentally-friendly lighting.        Notre Dame
“green.” Colleges and universities are evaluated from            has opened an Office of Sustainability to oversee
several perspectives: administration; climate change             sustainability aspects of the university such as the
and energy; food and recycling; green buildings;                 school’s power plant, dining services, transportation,
student involvement; endowment transparency;                     structures and information technology. St. Michael’s
transportation practices; investment priorities, and             in Vermont has also opened an Office of Sustainability.
shareholder engagement. Each category receives a                 Santa Clara University has participated in the U.S.
grade and an overall grade is averaged. Because the              Dept. of Energy’s solar decathlon; its students
report card has been in existence for at least three             participate in environmentally-geared residential
years, it is possible to track schools’ improvement.             learning communities. Santa Clara has also integrated
Also, each year new schools join the effort. Of the 300          ecological education into the curriculum and each year
schools ranked, none has earned an A grade; only 15              conducts a sustainability assessment with respect to the
have earned an A-. In 2007 only four Catholic colleges           university’s use of fossil fuels, behaviors associated
and universities participated. In 2009 twenty-seven              with waste and recycling, chemicals and water. The
Catholic schools are participating. What is gratifying           list goes on. Barry University, the College of the Holy
is to see the improvement: in 2007 Boston College                Cross, Gonzaga, King’s College, Loyola of Chicago,
earned a C-; in 2009, a B-. Notre Dame in 2007 earned            St. Peter ’s College, and the University of San Diego
a D-; in 2009, a B-. In 2007 Georgetown earned a C+              have all taken explicit steps to change behaviors so as
but in 2009, it earned a B-, and Trinity University in           to become more environmentally friendly, to educate
2007 earned a D- but the school improved and earned              the community about the need to change and ways
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to change to lessen the school’s and their individual          made by Catholic individuals, groups and institutions
carbon footprint.                                              to honor God’s creation and serve poor people by
    The Catholic Rural Life Conference has developed           prayer, education, assessment, behavioral change, and
a questionnaire relative to      Climate Change and            advocacy. While not explicitly directed to Catholic
Catholic     Institutions                                                                      schools     of   higher
of Higher Education.                                                                           education, to the extent
Four questions have to                                                                         that its aims coincide
do with the planning                     Today the great gift                                  with the sustainability
of renovations and                                                                             efforts of the schools,
new construction on
                                          of God’s Creation                                    it is hoped that many
campuses (i.e., water             is exposed to serious dangers                                Catholic educational
use efficiency; energy                                                                         institutions        will
use efficiency; content                      and lifestyles                                    participate.
of material, and indoor                                                                             The information
environmental quality).
                                        which can degrade it.                                  presented above is
The      other     seven         Environmental pollution is making                             only the tip of the
questions are intended                                                                         iceberg, to use a
to be asked on an                    particularly unsustainable                                nature-derived image,
ongoing basis. These                                                                           meant to inspire the
assess the use of the
                                                the lives                                      commitment of other
grounds for experiential             of the poor of the world …                                Catholic schools of
learning; the existence                                                                        higher education to
of a special group                   we must pledge ourselves                                  both become even
on campus to advise                                                                            more        responsible
the administration on
                                       to take care of creation                                stewards of creation
environmental issues;                and to share its resources                                and to work even more
mechanisms to help                                                                             cooperatively       with
students,        parents,                     in solidarity.                                   others—other schools
alumni and the local                                                                           of higher education
civic community make
                                         ~Pope Benedict XVI                                    and other Catholic
the connection between                                                                         organizations—to
the college’s operation,                                                                       develop attitudes and
climate change, and Catholic social teaching; waste            behaviors that will sustain our earth. Just as schools
reduction efforts; the purchase of local, seasonal             improved dramatically from 2007 to 2009 in their
foods, and the reduction of transportation-related             ranking on the Green report card, we look forward
emissions.                                                     with hope to their continuing improvement and to
    Finally, the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change          their assuming leadership roles in the education of all
has recently launched “A Catholic Climate Covenant             toward conservation and an ever more respectful use
and the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the        of God’s creation.
Poor.” The St. Francis Pledge is a solid commitment

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Points of Interest
Submissions Requested for Campus Ministry                      on the website will be attributed to the college or
Catholic Social Teaching Clearinghouse                         university with which the submitter is affiliated, not

T    he U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
     is currently collecting “best practices” in
promoting Catholic social teaching in campus ministry
                                                               the individual who is submitting the resource. Please
                                                               send all submissions to:
for possible feature on a new, online clearinghouse                On behalf of all of the organizations involved
that is being developed by the Teaching Catholic               in the Teaching Catholic Social Teaching Subgroup
Social Teaching Subgroup on Higher Education.                  on Higher Education, thank you for taking part in
Campus ministers, students, and others involved in             this effort to promote awareness of CST on college
campus ministry are encouraged to submit electronic            campuses. For more information, please contact Jill
copies of activities and programs that they would like         Rauh at the USCCB at
to share with others. The ideal submissions will:     or (202)541-3297.
   • clearly indicate how the activity or program
     contributes to raising awareness about Catholic           In Christ,
     social teaching on campus;                                -United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
                                                               -Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
   • describe your activity or program in enough               -Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA)
     detail that others can replicate it on their own          -Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)
     campuses;                                                 -The National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry

   • include your contact information in case                  (NADDCM)

     clarification is needed about your submission             -National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA)

     when it is being reviewed by the USCCB.                   -Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)
                                                               -Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM)
    Some topics of particular interest that would be
                                                               -National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW)
useful for inclusion on the clearinghouse include
                                                               -Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)
materials or resources:
   • for theological reflection on Catholic social

   • for use before, during and after service projects
     and during immersion trips, to help students
     reflect on CST and the root causes of injustice;

   • that creatively use technology and/or multi-media
     to educate about Catholic social teaching;

   • that connect issues of human life and human

   • that help prepare students to live out Catholic
     social teaching in the post-graduate, professional
     world, or within their major.
    Submissions on other topics are also welcome. We
encourage submissions by October 16, 2009 in order
that submitted materials can be reviewed and made
available for use during the Spring 2010 semester.
Please note that submissions chosen for highlight

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D+E+I Dialogues 2009 Collaboration and                         The 2010 CCHD Multi-Media Arts Contest
    The Dominican Ecclesial Institute in New Mexico
is sponsoring a Conference on Catholic adult faith
                                                               T    he Multi-Media Arts Contest is an annual contest
                                                                    organized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic
                                                               Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development
formation Thursday August 13 through Saturday                  (CCHD). It is designed as a tool for schools and
August 15, 2009. The conference will focus on                  parishes to learn about the causes of poverty, Catholic
promoting lifelong Catholic learning.                          social teaching, and CCHD.
    Topics will include, “Challenging the Collaborative            The 2010 contest theme is: “Empowering
Models”, “Discovering Pentecost Models”, “Living               Communities, Uprooting Poverty.”
the Challenge”, “What Could We Do? Making It                       Lesson plans and activities, contest information,
Real”, “What Will We Do? Making It Happen” and                 and rules can be found here. Please note that all types
“Preparing for Collaborative Ministry.”                        of art (e.g. video, song, painting, acting, writing, etc.)
    There will be Eucharistic Celebration with the             are welcome! The attached flyer provides additional
Most Reverend Michael Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa             information.
Fe, and homilist, Fr. Allan White, O.P.                            Please contact Jill Rauh, the CCHD Youth and
    The conference will be a time of meaningful                Young Adult Coordinator, at for any
networking, with fun and food as well.                         questions about the contest.
    For registration information, visit the D+E+I
Website, or contact       Kris Coffey: (505)400-0272           Volunteer Opportunities and The St. Vincent
or Jan Keleher: (505)268-6286.                                 Pallotti Center in Washington, D.C.

                                                               T    he Pallotti Center is a Catholic non-profit that
                                                                    encourages laity and religious to collaborate
                                                               through long-term volunteer service. The center does
                                                               this by promoting over one hundred Catholic-based
                                                               volunteer programs through publications and the
                                                               Website. The Pallotti Center also assists prospective,
                                                               current, and former volunteers by providing many
                                                               additional resources, again on the website and in the
                                                               publications Shared Visions and Staying Connected.
                                                                   If you would like to receive copies of the center ’s
                                                               annual publication: Connections 2009: A Directory of
                                                               Volunteer Opportunities, please email or call the St.
                                                               Vincent Pallotti Center. If you have a mailing list of
                                                               your members that you distribute or sell, the center
                                                               would also be interested in learning how to obtain
                                                               your list.
                                                                   For more information, please email:
                                                      or call: 1-877-VOL-LINK

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Peace & Justice Initiatives
The Social Side Effects of                                           • The natural world is a gift from the Creator, and
the Environmental Crisis                                               humans should view it as such;
César J. Baldelomar                                                  • Nature and its diversity attest to God’s creative

W       e are at a global turning point. Rampant
        deforestation, mass extinction of species,
global warming, the melting of polar ice caps, and

                                                                     • Nature possesses a Divine Spirit which makes it
the rapid depletion of fossil fuels are all symptoms of                sacred;
today’s ecological crisis. Few, however, tend to see                 • The environment, by virtue of it being an organic
any relation among environmental unsustainability and                  system that was created by the Divine, deserves
poverty, political instability, and economic crisis.                   judicial protection;
     According to Elizabeth Kolbert’s article,
“Changing Rains” in the April 2009 issue of National                 • Essential to engaging in authentic spiritual
Geographic, climate models generally agree that                        growth is overcoming the “myth of the master
over the coming century areas that depend heavily                      species,” that is, the notion that humans are
on rainfall for crop irrigation, and that paradoxically                fundamentally distinct from and superior to the
already receive little rain, will be severely crippled                 rest of nature; and
due to global warming and its climate effects. Many                  • Since humans are not the only sentient beings who
experts postulate that rising sea levels could displace                can communicate and develop family structures,
billons (mostly poor) who live along the coastlines of                 they are not the only animals that deserve “moral
Africa, Asia, and Latin America. I often wonder how,                   concern.”
given our current inability to handle immigration
                                                                      Understanding what world religions teach on
justly in the United States, our government would
                                                                the environment may inspire us to work together in
handle a mass international immigration.
                                                                forging an alternative society where ecology precedes
     What role can faith play in halting this crisis? It
                                                                economics. Universities - the breeding ground of
is essential to recognize the common environmental
                                                                future societal leaders - should in their curricula
teachings of the world’s religions. Doing this reveals
                                                                make environmental sustainability a priority. Then,
that being faithful to a particular faith entails not
                                                                equipped with the understanding that an ecologically
only concern for other human beings or for our prayer
                                                                sustainable society is possible and profitable, these
life, but also how we relate to the Divine’s creation,
                                                                students will indeed envision and construct alternative
which is also the Divine’s dwelling. And, as the many
                                                                models of society. But for this to occur, we need to
social side effects of environmental destruction attest,
                                                                leave behind our current unsustainable practices,
showing concern for the environment is tantamount to
                                                                which many claim are partially responsible for the
caring for our fellow brothers and sisters. In his book
                                                                current economic crisis.
A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our
Planet’s Future, philosopher Roger Gottlieb claims              César J. Baldelomar is the executive director of Pax Romana Center for Inter-
that theologians within the world’s major religions             national Study of Catholic Social Teaching and blogs at www.holisticthoughts.
                                                                com. He will begin graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School in the fall.
affirm the following:

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Has Your School Taken                                          CRS Global Solidarity Network
the St. Francis Pledge?                                        Study e-Broad

A     ll across our country, Catholics are taking the
      St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the
Poor and joining the Catholic Climate Covenant. The
                                                               T    hrough modern information and communications
                                                                    technology (ICT) tools, the Global Solidarity
                                                               Network (GSN) brings CRS and the Catholic colleges
St. Francis Pledge is a promise and a commitment by            and universities it partners with closer together,
Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations        bringing also greater contact with the organizations
and institutions to live our faith by protecting God’s         that work closely with the poor and marginalized.
Creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty             GSN’s Study e-broad links classes in Catholic
who face the harshest impacts of global climate                Higher Education institutions to one another and to
change. To join the Covenant, you commit to act on             Catholic Relief Services overseas and headquarters
each of the five elements of the St. Francis Pledge.:          staff, taking Catholic humanitarianism and studying
                                                               abroad to new heights. GSN partners with Catholic
   • PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s            Relief Services (CRS), Villanova University,
     creation and for the poor and vulnerable;                 Cabrini College, Santa Clara University and Seattle
   • LEARN about and educate others on the moral                   Study e-broad sessions include topics such as
     dimensions of climate change;                             Human Trafficking, International Development 101,
   • ASSESS our participation-as individuals and               Food Security, Peace in Israel and Palestine, Migration,
     organizations-in contributing to climate change           Peacebuilding in Africa, etc. Each Study e-broad
     (i.e. consumption and conservation);                      session takes place over a 2 week period, and there are
                                                               usually 4 or 5 different sessions each academic year.
   • ACT to change our choices and behaviors                   Participants engage in web-based written discussion
     contributing to climate change and;                       and a live video-conference among other students,
   • ADVOCATE Catholic principles and priorities               and are given the ability to take action!
     in climate change discussions and decisions,                   Faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, such
     especially as they impact the poor and                    as Economics, Nursing, Ethics Modern Languages,
     vulnerable.*                                              Theology, and Political Science, have participated.
                                                               At Villanova’s Spring 2009 Session #1, on Peace in
    Please visit the Catholic Coalition on Climate
                                                               Israel and Palestine, 21 faculty from 5 universities
Change Website for more information and to take the
                                                               participated, 785 students participated, and there were
                                                               1,203 online postings!
*Text taken from Catholic Climate Covenant’s
                                                                   For more information about participating in study
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A C CU NEWSLETTER                                Update                                         Volume XXXV. 2

Universities to Promote Dialog                                 Universities – both in the United States and in the
in the Middle East                                         Middle East – should embrace a leadership role and

O     ctober 10-17, 2009 A group of representatives
      of five Catholic universities will make a five
day visit to four universities on the West Bank to
                                                           commit human, financial, and intellectual resources
                                                           to finding resolutions.     Catholic universities are
                                                           grounded in traditions of rigorous intellectual inquiry
meet with administrators, faculty and students for         and vigorous dialogue. The Catholic intellectual
the purpose of exploring opportunities for developing      tradition asks what light the Catholic tradition in
relationships between the universities in the US and       its various forms of expression can shed on human
those on the West Bank. The West Bank universities         questions and experiences. It also asks what light
will include: Al Quds, Bethlehem, Bir Zeit and Hebron      human events, discoveries, and reflections can bring
Universities.                                                                           to the Catholic tradition.
    The ground part of                                                                     This area of the world
the trip will be organized            This area of the world is seeking                     is seeking solutions
by     Catholic       Relief        solutions to complex problems which                     to complex problems
Services. Total cost per         encompass many academic disciplines...                     which encompass many
university representative        These challenges are a natural match for                   academic disciplines
is $400-$800 plus airfare                   Catholic higher education                       (e.g.,      economics,
($1000-$1600       to   Tel       which is uniquely characterized by its                    religion,       politics
Aviv). Travel to and from       commitment to developing graduates with                     and        government,
Israel will be arranged by       the ability to examine many perspectives                   natural sciences, etc).
participants.                                  of a single problem,                         These        challenges
    Israel,    Gaza     and              and to seek peace and justice.                     are a natural match
the West Bank serve as                                                                      for Catholic higher
a microcosm for some                                                                       education which is
of the greatest challenges facing the world today.                                      uniquely      characterized
Cultural, political and religious conflicts which have     by its commitment to developing graduates with the
continued for centuries lead continuously to economic      ability to examine many perspectives of a single
discrepancies and political tensions between Israelis      problem, and to seek peace and justice.
and Palestinians. This damages the infrastructures of          Faculty and students can develop a strong sense
the region while impacting the physical and mental         of our interconnectedness by examining the impact
health of citizens and refugees, making a reasonable       events in this region have on the rest of the world.
standard of living impossible for many.                    Understanding these connections through faculty and
    This specific area of the region becomes a case        student research has implications for an expanded
study in conflict resolution, economics, government,       education to take place on home campuses.
inter-religious dialogue, health services and many             Involvement by U.S. Catholic institutions will
more areas. The conflict’s interwoven and complicated      likely support already developed strategic plans
characteristics require partners from outside the          which may include developing global citizens by
region to engage with Israelis and Palestinians in         expanding intercultural awareness and knowledge;
dialogue, education and conflict resolution. Higher        pursuing academic excellence; and advocating for
education institutions, specifically in the United         social justice.
States, can offer a collaborative, cross-disciplinary          For more information, contact Myles McCabe,
approach to seeking a peaceful resolution while            Director of Peace and Justice, Marianist Province of
purposefully engaging students and faculty in cross-       the United States, 314-533-1207
cultural dialogue.

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A C CU NEWSLETTER                                     Update                                              Volume XXXV. 2

 Call for Journal Submissions to the
 Journal of Catholic Higher Education

 W     e are currently accepting article submissions to our newly designed Journal of Catholic Higher Education. We are
       presently receiving submissions for the following issue:

     • Mission and Identity: Articles submitted for consideration should focus on institutional mission/identity at Catholic
       colleges/universities such as governance, leadership, legality, teaching, and sponsorship. Articles related to the
       integration of the Catholic mission in student affairs are also welcome. Articles based on original empirical research
       are strongly encouraged. Article Submission Deadline: August 31, 2009.

     In addition, we are always interested in articles based on original empirical research or articles grounded in theory-
 and/or philosophy-based analysis. We welcome articles related to Catholic higher education on such issues as Catholic
 identity, higher education policy changes, and social justice. No worthy topic about Catholic higher education is beyond the
 scope of the journal. Please visit our Website for journal submission guidelines and contact the editor with any questions:

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