Past Events 2008-2009


God and the Mystery of the Universe: What Science Can Teach Us About God

Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D.

Tuesday April 7, 2009 from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES) Warren Auditorium

From the campus of MIT to classrooms in Kenya, from the Blue Ice of Antarctica to the observatory atop Castel Gandolfo, Prof. Consolmagno has found that as his understanding of the Universe and its workings deepens, so does his awe of its Creator.

Prof. Consolmagno obtained his B.S. and M.S. from MIT in Earth and Planetary Sciences, and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. He has taught at the Harvard College Observatory and MIT and since 1993 works at the Vatican Observatory as curator of the Vatican's Meteorite Collection.

Prof. Consolmagno has authored/coauthored five books, numerous scholarly articles and has served on the governing boards of various astronomical societies. In 2000, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid in his honor: "4597 Consolmagno". In collaboration with the Science Departments.



Forum 2009: Catholic Health Care and Health Care Ethics

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Room 102

Monday, March 25th and Tuesday, March 26th from 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Participants in the Health Care Ethics Seminar in Rome in January 2009, the inaugural Faculty Travel Seminar through the CCTC, presented papers generated by the seminar experience.

March 25th presentations:

  • "Want Fries With That?: The Catholic Church and Moral Dilemma in Individual Health Care" - Prof. Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, College of Arts and Sciences
  • "The Conundrum of Reproductive Technology" - Prof. Kathy James and Prof. Cynthia Connelly, Hahn School of Nursing
  • "Facets of the Nurse's Role and Catholic Social Teaching" - Prof. Sally Brosz Hardin, Hahn School of Nursing

March 26th presentations:

  • "Social Justice in Health Care: The Church's View" - Prof. Diane Fatica, Hahn School of Nursing
  • "Preparing USD Pre-Med Students" - Prof. Debbie Tahmasebbi, College of Arts and Sciences
  • "Genetic Intervention: Ethical and Scientific Challenges" - Prof. Tammy Dwyer, College of Arts and Sciences
  • "Religious Influences on the Reproductive Health Decisions of HIV+ Latinas Living on the Border" - Prof. Susan Instone and Prof. Mary-Rose Mueller, Hahn School of Nursing



Making Peace With the Earth: A Celebration of Healing and Reconciliation

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Center for Peace & Justice Theater, USD campus
All staff and faculty were invited to take time out to consider our responsibility for and our shortcomings with regard to creation. Join in song and readings from the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions that speak to our relationship with our world.



The Religious Foundations of the Mystical-Prophetic Character of Christianity

David Tracy, S.T.L, S.T.D.

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES) Auditorium

David Tracy is the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religion in the Divinty School at the University of Chicago. Sponsored by USD's College of Arts and Sciences.



Obsession with the Veil - Second Annual Humanities Lecture

Bahar Davary, Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 at 5:30pm

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theater

Sponsored by USD's College of Arts and Sciences



Keynote Lecture for USD's Center for Christian Spirituality

"The Devout Life in Modern Dress: Lay Spirituality in a Contemporary World" - Wendy Wright, Ph.D.

Monday, February 9th, 2009 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Theatre in Camino Hall, University of San Diego

Wendy Wright, Ph.D., is the John C. Kenefick Faculty Chair in the Humanities at Creighton University. She has been invited by USD's Center for Christian Spirituality to be this year's keynote speaker. Wright has authored several books and articles and is a frequent contributor to Weavings. She will offer her insights on contemporary lay spirituality, drawing on Francis de Sales' Introduction to the Devout Life." Sponsored by USD's Center for Christian Spirituality.

Cost: $10, $15 at the door, free to USD students with ID, faculty and staff half price.



Religion, Migration, and National Identity

Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, J.C.D.

Apostolic Nuncio, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants

Wednesday January 28th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

Archbishop Marchetto will visit the United States from January 19th to February 5th to promote The Love of Christ Towards Migrants (Erga Migrantes Caritas Christi), the 2004 Instruction from the Pontifical Council concerning the role of the Catholic Church in extending hospitality to all "mobile persons". He will offer his reflections on religion, migration, and national identity at the University of San Diego as a prelude to the international conference on these issues sponsored by the University's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies and the Trans-Border Institute.

Free admission.



Inaugural Faculty Travel Seminar

Rome, Italy

Jan. 2nd - 8th, 2009

Brian Johnstone, internationally renowned scholar and author in the field of Christian ethics, conducted this seminar on Catholic Health Care and Health Care Ethics. Catholic perspectives on a variety of topics, e.g., human genome project, justice and health care resources, were explored. Ten faculty, 3 from College of Arts & Sciences and 7 from the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, were invited to participate in this inaugural seminar.



Annual Conference on Christian Legal Thought

Saturday, January 10th, 9am-5pm

Hilton Gaslamp Quarter, 401 K St., San Diego, CA

"The Annual Conference on Christian Legal Thought, cosponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute and The Law Professors' Christian Fellowship, brings scholars from across the country to present papers and consider questions that address the intersection of law and the Christian tradition. Each year, panels are selected that focus on contemporary legal issues that engender philosophical and theological reflection. Occasionally drawing on experts in academic disciplines outside of law, the conference enriches thought and broadens understanding as Christian legal academics examine the role that law plays in shaping our common culture." - from the conference brochure

Professor Steven D. Smith, advisory board member for the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego's School of Law, spoke on "Pluralism, Democracy and the Christian Citizen".

Sponsored by The Lumen Christi Institute and The Law Professors' Christian Fellowship



Lessons and Carols - A Festival of Word and Song to Prepare for Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 4th at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5th at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 7th at 2:00 p.m.

Founders Chapel

"Lessons and Carols" is a Christmas service that dates back over one hundred years. Through poignant readings from the Old and New Testaments interspersed with beautiful music, the congregation is invited to reflect on the birth of Jesus in the context of its significance in salvation history. The celebration begins with the Magnificat, the Blessed Virgin Mary's response to her cousin Elizabeth's praise of her faith. The Magnificat sets the theme for the entire celebration: indeed, God has done great things for us through the child He sent to us through Mary; "His mercy is from age to age on those who fear Him"; He has remembered His covenant with Israel and the promise of a Messiah.

The celebration continues with the readings from the Old Testament, "The Promises", which explain the Fall of Man, the need for a Saviour, and foretell the coming of one. The New Testament readings, "The Promises Fulfilled", tell the story of the Nativity of Jesus. The carols and hymns between the readings include "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming", "O Come, O Come Emmanuel", "Joy to the World", "Angels We Have Heard on High", and "What Child is This".

The celebration concluded with a homily by Fr. Thomas O'Meara, O.P., Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology, and a silent reflection. A light reception of cookies and apple cider followed the Sunday celebration.



"Ministry of the Pope"

Thomas O'Meara, O.P., Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology

Tuesday, November 18th at 7:oo p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre



"The Explosion of Ministry in the Local Church Since Vatican II"

Thomas O'Meara, O.P., Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology

Friday, Nov. 7th at 3:30 p.m., (refreshments) lecture at 4:00 p.m.

Hill Reading Room in Copley Library