Faith in Action Blog
Dr. Joan Kingsland (’88), a moral theology professor at Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, R.I., has published her first novel, a suspense thriller titled Ask Me No Questions. She offers the following plot summary:
“When the overwrought Liz Foster moves with her three children to the small backwater town of Fort Davis, Texas, she earnestly strives for her not so cooperative children to keep a low profile. Her eldest son, Jimmie, is much more concerned about learning the identity of his real father from his mother. Her youngest son is busy building booby traps and protection devices against those who killed his father and might come after them. Jackie is just a normal young teenager trying to lead a normal life. Jimmie’s soccer coach, David Johnston finds himself first annoyed, but then intrigued, suspicious and even attracted to Liz. He begins to quietly investigate her and her family but is only more baffled by what he uncovers.”
To find out how the story ends, you can purchase the book online (ISBN: 978-0-692-01410-3).
The Most Rev. Paul J. Bradley, Bishop of Kalamazoo, hands over a Book of the Gospels to Rev. Mr. Francis Marotti (’07) at his 2008 ordination to the transitional diaconate.
Rev. Mr. Francis Marotti (’07) reports that he will be ordained to the priesthood on June 23, 2012, for the Diocese of Kalamazoo (Mich.). That same day, another alumnus, Frater Maximilian Okapal, O.Praem. (’02), will also be ordained, bringing to 54 the number of the College’s alumni priests.
“I would certainly appreciate prayers!” writes Deacon Marotti. Please pray for him and for all of the College’s alumni priests and seminarians.
Periodically, the Catholic Answers Live radio program hosts a show that is directed specifically toward non-Catholics — whether fallen-away believers, Protestants, atheists, agnostics, or adherents of any other faith. Only self-identified non-Catholic listeners can call in during these shows, asking questions about the Church, its teachings, and its truth claims. Sometimes the callers call out of genuine curiosity about the Faith; other times they call out of hostility, hoping to “stump” the host and guests. Invariably, it is a lively exchange.
On Monday’s 3:00 p.m. (PT) “Open Forum for Non-Catholics,” the guest charged with answering these questions will be Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (’94), a Catholic Answers Live regular. No doubt, he will be well-prepared: Speaking at Thomas Aquinas College’s 40th Anniversary Gala in September, Fr. Sebastian said, “as a guest on Catholic Answers Live, I listen to sometimes very diverse questions from people around the world about the Catholic faith. At the College, of course, we have the seminar method of education. So I feel that I have been really blessed with that capacity to hear someone and understand what he is saying and to try to address his questions in a way he can understand.”
Related: Previous appearances by Fr. Sebastian on Catholic Answers Live:
- How Biblical Inspiration Works (October 21)
- The Role of Logic in Apologetics (May 7)
- Are You Predestined? (February 10)
- The Nature of Prophecy (December 6, 2010)
- Can Doctrine Develop? (April 26, 2010)
The latest alumnus to pursue a career in medicine is Timothy Jay (’10), shown in the picture to the right with his wife, Hayley (Cowhig ’10), and their son, Peter. The photo comes from Tim’s recent white coat ceremony at the University of Minnesota Medical School, an event where all new medical students are formally welcomed and inducted into the professional and medical community. Congratulations to Tim and the entire Jay family!
Darrell Wright (’89) has co-founded a new apostolate, the Knights and Dames of the Holy Rosary, to promote the Rosary as well as the Message of Our Lady of Fatima. He writes:
“As you know, we live in very troubled times. The Message of Fatima and the Rosary are crucial ‘antidotes’ to the many evils with which our world is afflicted. The Knights and Dames of the Holy Rosary, besides engaging in the ‘spiritual warfare’ of prayer and penance to which we are all called, have the distinguishing quality of bearing public witness to the faith through, e.g., the wearing of Knights clothing and patches.”
For more information, visit the Knights of the Holy Rosary website.
It is with heavy hearts that we pass along the following words from Sue and Mike Wise, parents of Matthew (’06), for whom so many alumni and friends of the College have been praying:
“Our beloved son, Matthew Joseph Wise, passed away peacefully at 8:27 this evening, November 30th, of heart failure. We're so grateful for all of your sincere prayers and support throughout his ordeal.
“The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away ... blessed be the name of the Lord!
“Matthew, we are so honored to have been your parents. We love you honey! We will always love you!”
Please pray for the repose of Matthew’s soul and the consolation of his family.
Last night Jonathan Monnereau (’05), president of the Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Association, sent out the following urgent prayer request for Matthew Wise (’06):
“As most of you have probably heard or read by now, alumnus Matthew Wise (’06) is suffering from a serious case of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).
“As of today’s date, he has been in the ICU for 46 days. Those of you who have been following his condition on Facebook know that it has been an ongoing roller-coaster ride. Needless to say, prayers are crucial right now
“Therefore, as a united body, I would ask those of you so inclined, to join me in praying a Novena in honor of the Immaculate Conception. Beginning today, we will conclude on the vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.”
Please join us in praying this Novena.
Three alumni of the College who are currently pursuing graduate studies in Rome gathered in the Eternal City last week to celebrate Thanksgiving with some 30 other expats. Pictured above are Frater Maximilian Okapal, O.Praem. (’02), Marie Nuar (’02), and Frater Nathaniel Drogin, O. Praem. (’01). Frater Maximilian studies at the Angelicum; Miss Nuar and Frater Nathaniel are students at the Gregorian.
The friends have extra reason to be grateful this year. On June 23, 2012, Frater Maximilian is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood as a member of the Norbertine Order at the Mission San Juan Capistrano Basilica in Orange County, Calif. His confrere, Frater Nathaniel, will be ordained to the diaconate at the same Mass.
Pontifical Academies Award winner and moral theologian Dr. Pia de Solenni (’93) has a timely offering over at Headline Bistro entitled, “Taking Back Christmas,” about reclaiming Advent and Christmas from commercialism and excess. She also will be appearing on the Wednesday, November 23, 4 p.m. (PST) episode of “Catholic Answers Live” discussing the topic, “A Catholic Approach to the Arts.” The hour-long show is available live on radio stations nationwide and at catholic.com. Or download the podcast any time after the broadcast.
Ever since her graduation from the College, Mary Rose (Bacani ’03) Valenti has done beautiful work for Christ and His Church as a producer and reporter for Salt + Light Television, including documentaries about the Nashville Dominicans and St. André Bessette. Now we have word that Mrs. Valenti is leaving the world of broadcasting to serve the Lord in a very different capacity — as the full-time mother of her baby daughter, Chiara. “I have decided to stay home with her,” writes Mary Rose, “and see what opportunities God provides us.”
Baby Chiara is a blessed child. Thomas Aquinas College offers prayers of thanksgiving for her, her parents, and all of her mother’s great work — past, present, and future.