We continue our weekly series for National Hispanic Heritage Month with a new post on one of the most famous and inspiring scholars and advocates in the "New World."
Has Las Casas inspired or influenced your own ministry?
How important to you is it to recognize the role of the Church in the treatment of native peoples in the Americas?
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Bartolomé de las Casas
Born in 1484 in Seville, Spain, Bartolomé de las Casas has been an influential and important figure in the history of the Americas. A Dominican friar known to many as "Fray" Bartolomé de las Casas, he traveled to the New World where he spent many years witnessing, writing about and opposing the abuses perpetrated upon the indigenous peoples. Widely considered "one of the most important religious figures of the 16th-century Spanish world," (pbs.org) his legacy might have been very different.
National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 this year, and in celebration, we will be running a month-long series on Hispanic leaders in religion and education. Our first post is by The Rev. Fr. Jorge Colón, C.Ss.R., S.T.D. (Gregorian/Rome), Ph.D. and D.D. (GTF), Fellow and François-Xavier Durrwell, C.Ss.R., Professor of Religious Studies here at the Foundation, who writes about Sor Isolina Ferré, a major figure in Puerto Rican education and social transformation.
Dr. Colón is highly published in the fields of spirituality and theological studies, and his specialized areas of scholarship are dogma and spirituality. He also focuses on Caribbean religion and culture, and serves as a Thesis Supervisor, Project Consultant, and instructor for many E-Tutorials at the Foundation. (View his faculty profile in Spanish here, and in English here.)
Sor Isolina Ferré
Isolina Ferré Aguayo (September 5, 1914 – August 3, 2000) was a Puerto Rican-born Roman Catholic nun nun, member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. She was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to Antonio Ferré and Mary Aguayo, a wealthy couple who owned several companies in Puerto Rico, including factories to newspapers. She was inclined towards religious since young. Her mother used to spend her time in charitable, activities, often donating toys to orphaned children. Before entering the convent, she had done evangelization activities with sugar plantation workers and had organized youth groups.
We are pleased to announce the creation of a new online program in Tribunal Studies resulting in a master's or a doctorate. Courses for the Master of Tribunal Studies (M.Tr.S.) and the Doctor of Tribunal Studies (D.Tr.S.) may be completed online under the instruction of new faculty members, The Rev. Fr. David Mulvihill, J.C.D., Judge of the Illinois Ecclesiastical Court of Appeals since 2005, and The Rev. Fr. John Mulvihill, J.C.L., Ed.D., Adjutant Judicial Vicar of the Illinois Ecclesiastical Court of Appeals since 2006. Visit Dr. David Mulvihill's faculty profile here, and Dr. John Mulvihill's faculty profile here.
Culminating in a five-day residential Case-Base Tribunal Studies Practicum in Chicago, Illinois, this online program is the first of its kind in this hemisphere and is designed for working professionals seeking to further their studies in Canon Law without having to give up their jobs. Read more about this new program from Dr. David Mulvihill and Dr. John Mulvihill below.
Congratulations to The Revd Canon Dr. Vincent Strudwick on delivering the opening address to the 2012 Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative International Conference Series this month in England. With a theme of "Shaping the Wisdom, Sharing the Dream," Canon Strudwick spoke to a number of distinguished theologians from the U.K. and Europe. The GCGI International Conference Series is held all over the world, and this year was held in Oxfordshire, England. It strives to further the discussion of values and globalisation in an effort to support the common good.
Read an excerpt of Canon Strudwick's address below, and click on the link at the bottom to access the complete address. You can visit his faculty profile by clicking here or on the photo below.