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Current & Previous International Visiting Fellows
Since the launch of Woodstock's International Visiting Fellowship Program in 1997, dozens of scholars from around the world have been given the opportunity to spend at the Center, carrying out research on a project of their own design. Previous International Visiting Fellows include:
- Rev. Laurenti Magesa Cornelli is a senior lecturer at Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya. Fr. Magesa received his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa, Canada and S.T.D. from St. Paul University, Ottawa. The title of Fr. Magesa’s fellowship research project is “What is Not Sacred?” Between missionary Christianity and African Religion there has been a dissonant relationship since the beginning of the evangelization of sub-Saharan Africa. If missionary Christianity has been unwilling to incorporate any of the values from the African religious worldview as a foundation or vehicle of expression of its beliefs and teachings, African Religion, for its part, has persisted amongst almost all African Christians. Because this radical dichotomy does not make for a healthy Christian life, the Church in Africa insists upon the process of incarnating the gospel message into the culture of Africa. “Known as Inculturation,” this is the goal of this work in the area of spirituality.
- Joseph Selling, S.T.D. is an emeritus professor of Theological Ethics at Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium, where he completed his doctoral studies. The title of his fellowship research project is “Restarting Theological Ethics: Elaborating upon the Goals of Moral Living.” This project aims to investigate concrete ways of describing the goal(s) of moral living as well as particular decision-making. Because traditional moral theology concentrated on moral acts, insufficient effort was put into describing the goals that motivate persons. The resurgence of virtue ethics is a sign of the need to engage in this research, but so far virtue ethics has yielded little in the way of concrete guidance. Dr. Selling hopes that a deeper study of theories of motivation coupled with the developing research into “moral imagination” will contribute to a practical picture of moral living.
- Cristina Vanin, Ph.D. is an associate professor at St. Jerome’s University, Ontario. Dr. Vanin received her Ph.D. from Boston College. The title of her fellowship research project is “Reconciliation with the Earth through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius." Dr. Vanin will develop the theological foundation for an ecologically conscious set of Spiritual Exercises. The work of Bernard Lonergan provides the methodological framework. The thought of Thomas Berry will provide the set of meanings and values that are critical to reconciliation with the earth. This project is significant to the development of an ecological theology. It advances the study of the Spiritual Exercises as a source of ecological conversion. It contributes to the mission work of the Jesuits of English Canada. It expands on the work done by the Ecology Project Working Group at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph, Ontario.
- Luke Chan, SJ is a native of Hong Kong. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1992 and was ordained in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College. The title of his International Visiting Fellowship research project is “The Decalogue from Christian and Confucian Perspectives: A Virtue Ethics Approach.” While at Woodstock, Fr. Chan will follow the method he developed in his dissertation on the construction of a Scripture-based ethics, using specifically the Beatitudes, but in this project he will turn to the Decalogue. He aims to understand the biblical text exegetically and to interpret it through the hermeneutics of virtue ethics so as to identify the virtues it espouses. He will examine how these virtues are analogous to virtues in Confucian ethics. He believes that this method will further the dialogues between biblical and moral theologians as well as between Christians and Confucians.
- Johannes Haryatmoko, SJ is a native of Indonesia and a Lecturer of Theology at the University of Sanata Dharma in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Fr. Haryatmoko received two doctorates in 1996: one focusing on anthropology and the history of religions from the University of Sarbonne, Paris and the other from the Institut Catholique de Paris with a concentration in social moral theology. The title of his International Visiting Fellowship research project is “Government Ethics: In Favor of the Disadvantaged Members of Society.” While at Woodstock, Fr. Haryatmoko will focus his research on government ethics by providing tools of analysis and collecting lessons from practices in improving efficiency and equity in public services provision and strengthening institutions of accountability in governance. Each section of the materials includes definitions, ethical issues, and a description of ethical dilemmas and some tools of ethical analysis. The materials are intended to provide elected officials, businessmen, NGO's activists and ordinary citizens with the basic questions that are to come up in the conduct of public business.
- Manuel Reus, SJ is a native of Spain and a Professor of Theology, University of Deusto SJ Bilbao, Spain. Fr. Reus entered the Society of Jesus in 1980 and was ordained in 1993. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Innsbruck, Austria in 1995. The title of his International Visiting Fellowship research project is “The Public Dimension of the Faith in Catholicism in the USA Today.” His Woodstock research will center on the debate in the American Catholic Church and other Christian churches today, as well as the theological production on the problems of the public dimension of the faith in open democratic societies. The project focuses on detecting the most fundamental debates, diagnosing problems, possibilities, limits and risks. In addition, it aims to understand the teaching of the North American Episcopal Conference on these issues. His hypothesis is that post-liberalism debate has altered the Vatican II doctrine on these matters, which may be a cultural rather than political problem. Post-modernism has changed the public dimension of the faith.
- Ataullah Siddiqui hails from England and is a Reader in Interfaith Relations and Religious Pluralism at Markfield Institute of Higher Education and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Gloucester, England. Dr. Siddiqui received his Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham, England in1994. The tentative title of his International Visiting Fellowship research project is “Changing Perceptions of Islam: Christian Theology and Theologians since 1900.” While at Woodstock, Dr. Siddiqui will examine in detail some of the major questions for Christians in relation to Islamic beliefs. Particularly – a) What to make of Islamic monotheism, the Muslim understanding of the oneness of God. b) What to make of the post Biblical Prophet, the center and horizon of Islamic ethics. c) What to make of Islam’s Revelation (i.e. the Quran) and the role of secular-historical scholarship in shaping its meanings in the future. d) What to do with dialogue so that it can address these issues in future inter-faith relations.
- Sr. Metti Amirtham, A native of India living in the state of Tamil Nadu, Sr. Metti is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, a community whose spiritual guides are St. Francis de Sales and St. Ignatius of Loyola. Sr. Metti received a Master of Theology at Vidyajyoti College of Theology in Dehli and her Ph.D. from the Department of Christian Studies at the University of Madras in Chennai. While she presently serves as the Formation Coordinator for the Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, Sr. Metti also teaches theology at various religious formation houses and theological colleges and regularly publishes articles on theological and social issues affecting women. During her fellowship at Woodstock, Sr. Metti plans to continue her research to develop a theology of spatiality in relation to the female body. According to her initial research, clear-cut socio-cultural and religious practices are established to regulate women’s bodies, thus, confining them within set boundaries. In her fieldwork, she has discovered that the extension of physical space has been a tool of empowerment of women. Sr. Metti believes that her work will benefit Woodstock and the Church by showing how theology could serve as a guide for an expansion of space for women in society in general and in the Church.
- George Karuvelil, S.J. A citizen of India, Fr. Karuvelil received a Master of Philosophy from the University of Pune, India and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Delhi. He presently teaches philosophy at the Papal Seminary in Pune. While at Woodstock, Fr. Karuvelil will focus his research on the development of a new approach to religious pluralism. He says that the existing theories of religious pluralism fall into two categories: the essentialist and the empiricist, both of which have a doctrinal focus. By combining these two theories, Fr. Karuvelil hopes to create an approach to religion from the perspective of experience and not of doctrines. His research is interdisciplinary as it integrates ideas from analytic and cognitive philosophers such as W.V. Quine and Ulric Neisser as well as classical Hinduism, history of religions and Christian theology.
- Fr. James McEvoy An Australian diocesan priest, Fr. McEvoy received Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Flinders University. He currently serves as Senior Lecturer in Theology at Catholic Theological College in South Australia. Fr. McEvoy’s research at Woodstock will address the Catholic Church’s relationship to society and culture in the West today. It aims to give an account of the church-world relationship that both values contemporary self-understanding and is faithful to the Church’s vocation to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth. Using Charles Taylor’s cultural hermeneutics to study the contemporary place of religion and exploring Vatican II’s concept of dialogue to understand the Church’s relationship with the world, Fr. McEvoy says his research makes two primary contributions to critical scholarship. One argument seeks to show that the polarity of the Church’s conservative and liberal factions contributes to the contemporary tensions that exist in the Church. The other contribution will be a fully developed theology of dialogue based on Vatican II’s concept of dialogue.
- Antonio Delfau, S.J. is a Jesuit from Chile, who serves as Chief Editor of three journals, including Mensaje (www.mensaje.cl), Jesuitas–Chile, and Mirada Global (www.miradaglobal.com). He also oversees and edits the official web site of the Society of Jesus in Chile (www.jesuitas.cl). While at Woodstock, Father Delfau will be researching the future trends of communications and the wide-spread use of new media. Particularly, he hopes to learn more about the communication tactics that were used in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. Before leaving Woodstock, he made a brown bag lunch presentation on “The New Media, Presidential Elections, and the Future of Traditional Media”.
- Emmanuel Foro, S.J., is a member of the West Africa Province of the Society of Jesus, who has been working on a doctorate at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He spent June and July 2008 at Woodstock as an International Visiting Fellow. Upon returning to Kigali, Rwanda, he wrote a reflection on “Peacebuilding in Rwanda: Building Theology on Insights out of the Rwandan 1994 tragedy”, which was featured in Woodstock Report No. 91 (October 2008).
- Tomás García Huidobro, S.J., is a Jesuit from the Chilean Province who is completing a doctorate degree from Deusto University in Spain. While at Woodstock, he will be researching and writing on his dissertation topic, the mystical experiences of sky journeys present in Merkabah, Apocalyptical and Gnostic literature from the first centuries. He will be investigating the phenomenon from a sociological perspective.
- Aloysious Mowe, S.J. is director of the Interfaith & Civil Society project at the Middle-Eastern Graduate Center in Malaysia. He completed a Master’s degree in theology at Oxford University, writing his thesis on the doctrine of eternal damnation in the works of Augustine and Aquinas. He transferred to the D.Phil. program after a year, and focused his research on the development of the Hanafi School of law in the early period of Islam as found in treatises on tax administration. He has been, and continues to be, involved in projects such as the formation of a progressive Islamic network in Southeast Asia, the establishment of a media-monitoring center to study the ways in which the Islamist agenda is driven through the media in the Southeast Asian region, and the setting up of alternative formation programs for traditional Islamic schools in Malaysia. While at Woodstock, Aloysius will be researching and writing on the Kitab Al-Kharaj of Abu Yusuf: Reconstructing Early Islamic Administration in the Cabbasid Period.
- Neil Ormerod is a Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education at the Mount St. Mary Campus of Australian Catholic University in Strathfield, New South Wales. During his time at Woodstock, he hopes to finish a major book that he has been writing on ecclesiology, focusing on the relationship between history and theology. His previous publications include Creation, Grace, and Redemption (2007); Method, Meaning and Revelation (2000); Introducing Contemporary Theologies: The What and the Who of Theology Today (1997); and contributions to Vatican II: Did Anything Happen?, Theological Studies, and other publications.
- Peter Bisson, S.J. is a Canadian Jesuit who serves as Director of the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice in Toronto. He was a delegate of the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, and offered a presentation on GC35 at the April 2008 retreat of Woodstock’s Board of Directors. During his stay at Woodstock, Father Bisson also offered a brown bag lunch presentation on “Jesuit Mission in the Post-Conciliar General Congregations: The Construction of a New World of Religious Meaning”; and he later wrote an article on the General Congregation (“Ahead of the Curve: WTC and GC35”) which appeared in Woodstock Report No. 92 (January 2009).
- David Kaulem comes to Woodstock from Harare, Zimbabwe, where he served as Regional Coordinator for the African Forum for Catholic Social Teachings. He earned a master’s and doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Zimbabwe and also lectured there from 1987 to 2001.
While at Woodstock, Dr. Kaulem will be researching the role of the Catholic Church’s social teachings in the social transformation of eastern and southern Africa. His study will examine how the Church, through Bishops’ Conferences in relevant regions, has offered moral vision for the social transformation of society. His study argues that there is a growing awareness of the social teachings of the Church among Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Of special interest to his work are the fundamental differences that have emerged in the interpretation of Church social teaching among various Bishops’ Conferences.
- Yvonne Kambale comes to Woodstock from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she worked as an HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor for the European-based United Evangelical Mission and Mission 21, working especially in the development of congregation-based HIV/AIDS programs in Francophone Africa. Prior to this, her professional and consultancy work exposed her to the efforts of several UN agencies, including the WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNIFEM, and IFRC. She has held full-time leadership positions with several faith-based organizations such as the World Council of Churches, the All Africa Conference of Churches, and the Africa Community Action Network for Health, to mention a few. She holds degrees and diplomas in Education, Regional Planning, and Christian Counseling, as well as a Master’s in International Health from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.
At Woodstock, Ms. Kambale will be researching the experiences and behavioral changes of youth in the context of HIV/AIDs in Eastern Congo. The study thus hopes to make it possible to give informed recommendations to churches for the development of HIV/AIDS policy, based not on a nationally representative sample, but rather on an understanding of the complexity of local contexts and of people’s experiences.
- Father Daniel Madigan, S.J., originally from Australia, is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Interreligious Dialogue at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and is the founding director of the university’s Institute for the Study of Religions and Cultures, which opened in 2002. He is also serving out a five-year appointment as Consultor of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims in the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Before coming to Rome in 2000, Fr. Madigan worked and studied in Australia, India, Pakistan, Egypt, and the United States. Fr. Madigan is also a former publisher of the Australian Eureka Street magazine and author of a number of works including The Qur’an’s Self Image: Writing and Authority in Islam’s Scriptures (2001). Fr. Madigan holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Columbia University in New York.
At Woodstock, Fr. Madigan’s main project is to work on a book on Christianity for Muslims, based on what he has learned over his last seven years of teaching Muslims an introduction to Christianity. He will also be spending some time beginning work on an undergraduate textbook on the Qur’an.
- Father Thomas Michel, S.J., comes to Woodstock as an accomplished scholar in Islam. He studied Arabic in Lebanon and Egypt and received a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago. His doctoral thesis focused on the thought of Sunni Islamic scholar Ibn Taymiyya. In 1981, he was appointed to the Asia Desk of the Vatican Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and in 1988 he became Head of the Office for Islam in the same Vatican department. Since 1994, he has served as Executive Secretary of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences in Bangkok, Thailand. Since 1996, he has been Secretary for Interreligious Dialogue in Rome and Ecumenical Secretary for the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences.
Fr. Michel has taught for many years in Indonesia, the Philippines, and around the United States, Europe, and Turkey. He is on the board of numerous institutions and organizations, including the Academic Council of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, the International Advisory Board of the Khalidi Library in Jerusalem, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Civilizational Dialogue at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Susan F. Rakoczy, I.H.M., is an honorary professor at the school of Religion and Theology at the University of Kwa-zulu-natal in Hilton, South Africa. Susan received her Ph.D. in Spirituality from the Catholic University of America and wrote her dissertation on the meaning of discernment language. She has spent much of her life as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary working in Africa at social ministries ranging from community renewal programs to spirituality training programs. In drawing from these rich work experiences Susan has written books on the topics of: women doing Theology, the Church’s response to sexual violence, and spiritual direction from a cross-cultural perspective. In addition to these academic works, Susan has recently written a book titled, Great Mystics and Social Justice: Walking on Two Feet of Love.
While at Woodstock, Susan will be working on a new book about theology and the praxis of discernment. The book will explore and analyze some of the theological issues relating to the tradition of discernment, as well as address the interface between discernment and psychology and social development. The significance of Susan’s research and writing will provide a basis for understanding discernment in light of psychological issues relating to women and the African Christian life.
- Joanna M. Wnuczyńska, is a professor at the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun, Poland where she recently received her Ph.D. in humanistic sciences. Her dissertation is titled, Angels in “Dziady” czesc III (“Forefathers”. Part III) by Adam Mickiewicz and in the theater realization of this drama in XXth century. Joanna’s field of study consists of literature, drama, theology, and anthropology. She has been the recipient of two John Paul Foundation fellowships in Rome. She also recently held the position of rector of the Nicolaus Copernicus University scholarship for graduate scholars.
While at Woodstock Joanna will be researching and writing on the topic of martyrdom in Literature. She intends to address martyrdom in the context of the works of John Paul II seen from a historical and contemporary perspective. Joanna will also address the theological and anthropological aspects of martyrdom by analyzing the works of Polish writers, in particular Adam Mickiewicz, one of the most prolific Polish Romantics.
- Raul Gonzales Fabre, S.J., Doctor in Philosophy, USB (Caracas); Industrial Engineer, UNED (Madrid); Civil Engineer, UCAB (Caracas). Areas of interest: theory of economic justice, microeconomics, economic anthropology and psychology, theory of war and peace, refuge and migrations. Separate publications: Sobre el estado del Estado en Venezuela. Ifedec. Caracas, 1997. Justicia en el mercado. La fundamentación de la ética del mercado según Francisco de Vitoria. Conicit-UCAB. Caracas, 1998; Ética y economía. Desclée. Bilbao, 2005; La cultura pública en Venezuela. UCAB-Centro Gumilla. Caracas, 2005.
Raul has provided formation on socio-political issues to grass-roots church groups since 1987. A member of the Jesuit Latin-American Group of Philosophical Reflection since 1992, he has published several articles in the books of the group and in other collective works and journals. He has been coordinator of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Latin America (1997-1999) and policy officer of JRS in Zambia (2000-2002). Since 2003, he has been a fellow of the Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas), and teaches Ethics and Economics at the School of Economics of the same university.
- Gill Goulding, IBVM, is a professor at Regis College, the Jesuit Graduate School of Theology at the University of Toronto. She teaches in the area of systematic theology and spirituality. She is originally from Scotland and her doctoral studies were undertaken at the University of Edinburgh, where she was elected a Research Fellow on completion of her PhD. Her publications include: On the Edge of Mystery: Towards a Spiritual Hermeneutic of the Urban Margins ; and Creative Perseverance: Sustaining Life-Giving Ministry in Today's Church . She will be a Visiting Fellow at Woodstock from January to July 2006.
The project she will be undertaking is entitled: "Divine Intimacy: A Trinitarian Dynamic for Ministry." The survival of credible Christian ministry in this already fragmented twenty-first century requires appreciation and imitation of the self-emptying love at the heart of the Trinity. For many pastoral ministers the Trinity is a baffling intellectual concept. This project aims to promote an understanding that the mystery of Trinitarian communion is both the archetype of ecclesial communion and an invitation to deep human inter-communion. The aim is to establish the systematic grounding of pastoral ministry in the life of the Trinity and to make more accessible to ministers the dynamic nature of the doctrine of the Trinity.
- Catherine Halvey holds a degree in Divinity from London University and an STL in Fundamental Theology and Ethics from the Gregorian University in Rome. Additionally, Catherine has completed post graduate studies in Rio de Janeiro and Chicago, specializing in the history of "modernities," critical and hermeneutical theory and the questions raised by the suffering other to faith and rationality.
Originally from Ireland, Catherine comes to Woodstock from the Amazonian region, where she was coordinator of human rights programs for caboclo (mixed Amazonian races) and indigenous peoples during the last nine years. They included the PROVITA witness protection program and the SOS Torture project to combat violence and impunity in northern Brazil. She was active in many social justice conferences as well as lecturing at the local seminary and university. Prior to this, Catherine worked in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza where she conducted ethics seminars and conferences and participated in the Jesuit social development center, IBRADES. While at Woodstock, Catherine will develop special aspects of human rights discourse as these relate to her Amazonian experience.
- Saviar Seshu Raja, a Catholic priest belonging to the Archdiocese of Madurai, South India, holds a Ph.D., in philosophy. He has been working as a Senior Scale Lecturer in the department of Philosophy at Arul Anandar College, Karumathur, Madurai District, South India, besides serving as a pastor in different parishes in his diocese.
His research, "The problem of the marginalized: A search for an alternate process for liberation," concerns itself in the task of exposition of the principles that construe the caste domination (the denial of the "dignity" of the marginalized, the Dalits) in India and attempts to search for an alternate process of their liberation from the way human self is authenticated in Christian ethics.
- Vincent Sekhar, S.J., is a Jesuit priest from South India. After the completion of Masters in Sanskrit and Doctorate in Philosophy on studies in Jain Philosophy and Religion from the University of Madras, he did post-doctoral research as Visiting Fellow at Woodstock Theological Center. He also holds a Master's degree in Theology from Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi.
Besides teaching in the Dept of Philosophy and heading the Department of Religion and Value Education at Arul Anandar College, Karumathur, he coordinates the Jesuit Ministry of Interfaith Dialogue in South Asian Jesuit Assistancy and runs Religious Harmony programs for university college students. He guides doctoral research at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai and has published a number of articles on themes related to philosophy and religion of the Jains and the Buddhists from inter-disciplinary perspective, and on Interreligious Relations. He is interested in learning and sharing on how religion and society influence each other in a multicultural, pluralistic context. His recent publications include Practice of Interreligious Dialogue - Formation and Training of Young Clergy and Religious (2005); Religions in Public Life - A Practical Guide to Religious Harmony (2004); Dharma in Early Brahmanic, Buddhist, and Jain Traditions (2003); and Quest for Harmony: An Anthology of Religions in Dialogue (2002).
- Thomas Zhang Xian, originally from Guangzhou, China, is a philosophy professor and the Vice-director of philosophy department and the Institute of Comparative Religion at Zhongshan (Sun Ya-Sen) University. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy at Zhongshan University and received his Ph.D. from Fribourg University in Switzerland by his Doktorvater Prof. Guido Kueng (the brother of Prof. Hans Kueng). His academic interests include the research fields of Phenomenology, Existentialism, Philosophy of Religion, Christian Philosophy, Western Marxism, and intercultural philosophy. Since 1986, he has published many articles and Chinese translations about philosophy and theology of Judeo-Christian religion. His new book, Christianity and Western Philosophy, will be published next year in China. He is a research fellow at ISCS (Institute of Sino-Christian Cultural Study) in Hong Kong. He is a visiting fellow at Woodstock Theological Center from August until October, pursuing research for his book, Towards A Christian Philosophy in China. He told his American colleagues that he has a Christian heart, a Greek mind, and a Chinese life.
- Sr. Margaret Scott is currently serving as the Provincial Superior for the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She has served as President of the Conference of Men and Women Religious in England and Wales and Vice-President of the Union of Conferences of Major Religious Superiors in Europe. She has degrees in the areas of Classics and International Relations. She will be a visiting fellow at Woodstock Theological Center from September of 2004 to June of 2005.
Her project is entitled "Globalization and the Poor in a Eucharistic Context." She plans to focus on two themes from a Eucharistic reading. The first theme is Eucharist as a global reality; it is "an inclusive project and prophetic word about the whole of humanity." The second theme is Eucharist as a "challenge to our commitment to social justice, with implications for global markets and 'the social responsibility' policies of multinationals, and would constitute an interesting perspective on the aim of many players in the global market to 'make globalization work for the poor.'"
- Ma. Christina A. Astorga is a professor in the Department of Theology at the Ateneo de Manila University and the Loyola School of Theology. She has several degrees in the areas of English, History, Theology, and Moral Theology. She will be a visiting researcher at Woodstock from September of 2004 to June of 2005.
While at Woodstock, Dr. Astorga will be carrying out a research project on "Vision, Norm, and Choice: A Contemporary Theo-Ethical Paradigm." She aims to put together a book in fundamental Moral Theology, which "brings in one coherent whole the foundational elements of Christian morality."
- Dr. L. Anthony Savari Raj is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Madras in India. He holds a Ph.D. in the field of Philosophy. He will be a visiting fellow at Woodstock from September of 2004 to May of 2005.
At Woodstock, Dr. Savari Raj will be working on a research project entitled "Ecosophy or Ecojustice: Discerning Dimensions of Justice in the Intercultural Vision of Raimon Panikkar." The focus of his project is to "discern the soteriocentric and justice dimensions in the vision of renowned philosopher-theologian, Raimon Panikkar." He proposes to indicate more what seems to be missing in Panikkar's ecosophical vision, than what the vision contains. He also intends "not to correct what is false but to complement what appears to be incomplete."
- Bishop Francisco F. Claver, SJ, will join Woodstock as he retires from his position as Vicar Apostolic of Bontoc-Lagawe, Philippines. He holds an STB and an STL from Woodstock College, Maryland, and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Colorado. He was a visiting professor at the East Asian Pastoral Institute, Manila; he is also Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Indigenous Peoples and of the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. One of his previous works is "The Encounter between the Gospel and the Values of Indigenous People in Asia: Challenges of the Future." Bishop Claver will be a visiting fellow from August of 2004 to June of 2005
- Dr. Donna Orsuto is a professor at the Institute of Spirituality at the Gregorian University in Rome, teaching courses on lay spirituality and women mystics. She is also the founder of The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, which provides an academic and community setting for lay theology students in Rome. She holds a degree in Philosophy from Wake Forest University and a PhD in Theology from the Jesuit Gregorian University. Her dissertation was on the Trinity in the works of St. Catherine of Siena. Dr. Orsuto will be a visiting researcher from December of 2004 to March of 2005, after which she hopes to spend the second part of her sabbatical in Jerusalem. Her work at Woodstock will focus on preparing a public lecture to be delivered in Jerusalem.
- Dr. Beatriz Domingues a professor in the Department of History at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora in Brazil. She has degrees in areas such as history, psychology, political science, and the history of science. She has been a visiting researcher at Georgetown University since January 2002.
While at Woodstock, Dr. Domingues will be carrying out a research project on "The Role of Jesuits in the Hispanic and Luso-American Enlightenment and in the Creation of their Cultural and Political Identity." She describes it as a "comparative study" that "calls attention to the similarities and differences between the behavior and intellectual production of Mexican and Brazilian Jesuits.. This comparison can be very useful to continue rethinking the work of the Society of Jesus, before and after the prohibition of the order."
- Mr. Zhang Xianqing is a doctoral candidate from the History Department of XiamenUniversity in the People's Republic of China. He has taught history at the Fujian Education College and has received the prize for excellent academic research work there as well. Mr. Zhang is currently completing work on his dissertation concerning the history of Christianity in China.
Mr. Zhang's project is entitled "The Diffusion of Catholicism in a Chinese Rural Area and Its Influence on the Development of Local Folk Religion." He plans to focus on "the conflict and accommodation between Christianity and the traditional lineage ethics." His research will also try to "approach the evolution of Catholicism and its rituals in Chinese local society".
- Dr. Saban Ali Düzgün is an associate professor of systematic theology at Ankara University in Turkey. His publications include Religion, Individual, and Society and Social Theology. Dr. Düzgün is also an associate editor of the Periodical of Divinity Faculty of Ankara University and the editor-in-chief of an upcoming online theology journal.
While at Woodstock, Dr. Düzgün will be researching aspects of metaphysics, theology and philosophy in his project, "Non-Metaphysical Theology: A New Approach." As he explains, "The reason why we pursue a theological language and methodology apart from the metaphysical ones is that philosophy couldn't manage to respond [to] linguistic philosophy combined with logical positivism in their objections concerning the metaphysical propositions and their justification."
- Dr. Fabrice Blée is an International Visiting Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center for the 2002-3 academic year, conducting research in the area of monastic interreligious dialogue. He is a native of France, and has a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Montreal (with a dissertation on the topic of "Monastic Interreligious Dialogue: The North American Experience, History and Analysis.") Dr. Blee has taught at Sherbrooke University, the University of Montreal, the Pontifico Ateneo S. Anselmo (Rome), Concordia University, and Saint-Paul University. He also conducted post-doctoral research at the Vidyajyoti Theological Faculty with Michael Amaladoss, S.J.
Dr. Blée arrived at Woodstock to begin his fellowship in December, 2002. Much of Dr. Blée's research is inspired by his own personal question of "How is it possible to be a Christian while being spiritually involved in another religious tradition?" His appreciation for Catholic spirituality has been enriched by time that he spent working with Jesuits in India and Egypt; and he also possesses a wonderful insight into Buddhist spirituality, having lived for a time at a Buddhist monastery in Japan.
Dr. Blée's research project at Woodstock seeks "to propose a coherent understanding of the spirituality of dialogue." After considering the spirituality of dialogue that is already emerging from within the monastic interreligious movement, Dr. Blee will then develop a critique and analysis of it, incorporating the thought of Jesuit researchers in this field. He will then seek to "identify a model of spirituality of dialogue which is relevant in our pluralistic world. The proposed study is an answer to the necessity to develop a new way of being Christian in which other believers are not seen as a threat to our own religious identity, but as a constitutive aspect of our spiritual horizon." Dr. Blée's fellowship lasts through June, 2003.
- Vincent Sekhar, S.J., Ph.D. in Religion and Philosophy of the Jains, University of Madras, India. Former program director at the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions Aikiya Alayam, Chennai, India. Father Sekhar currently holds a position as a Lecturer in Philosophy, Arul Anandar College, Karmathur, Madurai, India. He returns to Woodstock as a short-term visiting fellow (April - June 2003) to carry out research for a project on "Religions and Life."
- Father John Chathanatt, S.J., is the principal of Vidyajyoti College of Theology in Delhi, India. He is an executive member of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Delhi, a member of the Justice, Peace, and Development Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, and a former visiting lecturer at several Indian colleges.
While at Woodstock, Father Chathanatt is working on a research project entitled "Debt and Development: An Ethical Analysis." Father Chathanatt explains that "In the Great Jubilee Year 2000, very many efforts have been made to mobilize public opinion around what is clearly envisaged as an issue of justice. It is now widely recognized that, for the poorest countries, debt relief makes sense in terms of economic and development policy. It is in this context I would like to undertake a study on this problem of Debt in the process of integral development."
- Dr. Elzbieta Kislak is associate professor at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. She received the 1992 Alexander Brückner Award for her Ph.D. dissertation on "The Image of Russia in Polish Poetry of the 19th Century", and enjoyed a fellowship at the Institute for Slavic Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
While at Woodstock, Dr. Kislak is carrying out a project entitled the "Contemporary Crisis of Religious Imagination: Literature and Theology." As she explains, "The project has in view a many-sided examining of the relationship between Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz's reflection on the decay of religious imagination with theological diagnosis of this crisis in American thought, especially after 1968. [It] also involves making proper studies of different attempts striving to restore the values of imagination. This aspect of the religious life is of a prime importance in regard to the issue of secularization of society, both in Western and Eastern countries."
- Dr. Herme Josep Mosha is a professor in the department of education of the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Dr. Mosha received a Ph.D. in education planning and administration from the University of Alberta, and also enjoyed a fellowship at the University of Bergen. He previously served as dean of the University's faculty of education, and planning consultant to the Tanzanian Ministry of Education. While at Woodstock, Dr. Mosha is editing a book of readings in educational planning for developing countries.
In addition to working on his primary publication, Dr. Mosha explains that "As a professor of education planning and administration I also wish to use the opportunity to write and publish a paper on professional ethics and morality in developing countries where corruption and other ills are rampant. The two publications will fill the gap of lack of relevant publications in the area."
- Perianayagam Devanesan, Ph.D., Bharathidasan University. Chairman and reader, Department of Social Dynamics, St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirapalli, India. While at Woodstock, Dr. Devanesan will carry out research for his project which examines development from a "Human Resource Perspective of the Poor."
- Adrian Lyons, S.J., M.A., University of Melbourne. Former Rector, Canisius College, Sydney (1994-9); Socius (1982-7) and research team leader (1989-90) for the Australian Jesuit Province; Chaplain, University of Adelaide (1976-82). While at Woodstock, Rev. Lyons will consider new ways of presenting the Christian faith to secular mainstream Australia. His work will especially examine the tension between "holding fast" to a faith and "adventuring forth" in light of the Ignatian tradition.
- Dr. John Rapley, Ph.D., Queen's University at Kingston. Former Visiting Scholar, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Universite d'Aix-Marseille III, France (2000); Post-doctoral fellow, Oxford University (1992-4). Senior lecturer, University of the West Indies Mona; weekly columnist, The Daily Gleaner. While at Woodstock, Dr. Rapley is carrying out work on two volumes of a planned trilogy that offers a critique of neo-liberal political-economic regimes on the grounds that they are inherently unsustainable.
- Bruce Anderson received his Ph.D. in Legal Philosophy from Edinburgh University. From 1990-1998 he held the position of assistant professor at Newcastle Law School at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He is a former research fellow of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College. In 1998 he returned to his native Canada and founded Axial Press, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to publishing monographs on the work of Bernard Lonergan, S.J. Dr. Anderson is the author of Discovery in Legal Decision-Making (London: Kluwer Academic Press, 1996) and several articles dealing with legal issues. While at Woodstock, Dr. Anderson will assist Fr. Gasper Lo Biondo, S.J., with research and writing for the Woodstock project on the Global Economy and Cultures.
- Alvaro Barreiro, S.J., a Spanish Jesuit based in Brazil, received his Ph.D. in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He is currently professor of theology and coordinator of post-graduate studies at the Center for Superior Studies of the Society of Jesus in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Fr. Barreiro is the author of many books and articles, including Basic Ecclesial Communities: The Evangelization of the Poor, translated from the Portugese by Barbara Campbell (New York: Orbis Books, 1982). His fellowship project, "The Contemplation of the Mysteries of the Life of Christ in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola: Actuality of a Concrete Christological Model" focuses on the history, method, and theology of the life of Christ in the Exercises.
- Lancy Lobo, S.J. holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Delhi University and is the director of the Centre for Social Studies at South Gujarat University. His publications include The Thakors of North Gujarat: A Caste in the Village and the Region (Delhi: Hindustan Publishing Company, 1994), Religious Change and Social Mobility (forthcoming), and numerous articles, monographs, and book reviews. Fr. Lobo's fellowship project, entitled "A Paradigm Shift from Paternalistic to Participatory Model of Evangelization," addresses the influence of globalization and "cultural totalization" (e.g., extreme Hindu nationalism) on civil society in India.
- M. Marialouis, S.J. is currently serving as Socius to the Provincial of the Madurai (India) Province of the Society of Jesus, a position he has held since 1995. From 1994-95, Fr. Marialouis was a fellow at the Lonergan Institute at Boston College. Prior to that, he was a senior lecturer in theology and philosophy at Sacred Heart College in Madras. He will be using his fellowship to engage in guided reading in preparation for a return to teaching. The reading will be on the topic of "Authentic Subjectivity as grounds for Objective Knowledge," and will focus on the works of Bernard Lonergan.
- Silvio A. Cajiao, S.J., S.T.D., Gregorian University, Rome. Former Dean of Student Life at the School of Theology, Javeriana University, Bogotá, Colombia (1985-1997), member of the board of directors of the International School of Theology of Madrid abroad (1985-1998), counselor for Our Lady Teams, a spiritual movement for couples (1975-1998) and its general counselor for Latin America (1992-1993), member of the board of directors of Theologica Xaveriana (1985-1997). Publications include Christology and the Kingdom of God, Christology in the Puebla Document, Latin America Christologies (L. Boff and J. Sobrino). Fellowship project: Christology: Violence and Peace -A relationship between the time of Jesus and the current situation in Colombia.
- Carole H. Dagher, M.D., International Private Law at St. Joseph Jesuit University of Beirut, and International Public Law at the University of Nice, France. Journalist and political analyst with major daily newspapers and television stations in Lebanon (1988-1998). Member of the editing committee of the "Observatory of Democracy" in Lebanon, a European Community - sponsored project to promote democracy in Euro-Mediterranean countries. Special Church award for the coverage of the Synod on Lebanon (1995). Currently Research Associate at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. Author of Those Men Who Make Peace (Ces Hommes qui font la Paix, Paris, Beirut: Editions L'Harmattan et FMA, March 1995) and The Challenges of the General (Les Paris du Général, Beirut, Paris: Editions Fiches du Monde Arabe- FMA, March 1992). Areas of interest: intercommunal dialogue and pluralism in Lebanon, history of the Eastern churches, the role and influence of the Holy See in the Levant, Christian-Muslim relations. Fellowship project: a book dealing with "Christian-Muslim power-sharing in post-war Lebanon: what perspective?"
- Terence Farias, S.J., Ph.D., Aligarh Muslim University. Founding member of the Islamic Studies Association, which promotes Christian-Muslim dialogue in India; served as consultor to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican and as director of interreligious dialogue for the Archdiocese of Bangalore. Held the position of visiting professor of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at several Indian institutions. Publications include "Islamic Law in India" in Islam Continuity and Change (Rome: Borgo S. Spirito, 1987) and "Areas of Convergence of Christianity and Islam," in Church and Islam: Report of a Consultation (Varanasi: Nav Sadhana, 1983). Areas of interest: interreligious dialogue, Christian-Muslim relations. Fellowship project: Catholic Image of Muslims in America: A Socio-Religious Study.
- Cristina Montiel, Ph. D., Ateneo de Manila University. Associate professor, Psychology Department, Ateneo de Manila University. Recent publications include: Citizen-based Peacemaking in a Protracted War; Bargaining for Peaceful Termination of Unsuccessful Coup Attempts in the Philippines; Social Psychological Dimensions of Political Conflict Resolution in the Philippines. Currently, chair of the Political Psychology Division of the Psychological Association of the Philippines; executive council member, Division of Political Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology; executive council member, Division of Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Association; and editorial board member, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. In the recent 1998 annual convention of the American Psychological Association, received the Distinguished Contribution Award from Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Division of Peace Psychology. Areas of interest: political and peace psychology in developing societies. Work at Woodstock: A Forceful Peace - Political Psychology of People's Power.
- Izu Marcel Onyeocha, CMF, Ph.D. (Education) University of London, Ph.D. (Philosophy), The Catholic University of America. Rector, Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Nekede, Owerri, Nigeria; Unit Head, Department of Philosophy, Imo State University, Owerri (1993-98); Secretary, Seminaries Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (1993-98); Director, Management Information System Unit, Imo State University, Owerri (1995-98). Devotes a lot of time to delivering lectures and giving conferences and retreats to priests, religious, and institutions. Editor, West African Journal of Philosophical Studies (1996-present). Author of All is Vanity (1985); What is Religious about Religious? (1993); Idealism, Politics, and Nation-Building: The Nigerian Experience (1994); Introfil: A First Encounter with Philosophy (1996); A Brief on Philosophy and Logic (1997); The Role of the Philosopher in Solving Socio-Economic Problems (1998). Currently working on Africa: The Question of Identity.
- Vincent Sekhar, S.J., Ph.D. in Religion and Philosophy of the Jains, University of Madras, India. Visiting Professor of Indian Philosophy and Religions at Satya Nilayam Institute for Research in Philosophy and Sanskrit Madras, Arul Kadal Regional Center for Theology Madras, Gurukul Lutheran College of Theology and Research Madras; involved in Dialogue Ministry, ran a project on Interreligious Education for Peace and Development, especially among youth; published articles mostly on themes related to the Religion and Philosophy of the Jains from an inter-disciplinary perspective; interested in learning and sharing about how religions function in society and how they are interdependent and influence each other; religious pluralism and religious fundamentalism in a secular, democratic society; religious life and formation in general.
- A. Budi Susanto, S.J., Ph.D., Cornell University. Lecturer of cultural and symbolic anthropology at Sanata Dharma University and Driyarkara School of Philosophy. Director of Realino Center of Studies. Publications include: Kethoprak, The Politics of The Past in the Present-day Java (1997). "Planned Parent(and Child)hood Estrangement, A Case Study in Modern Indonesia," in East Asian Pastoral Review, vol.31 3/4, (1994). Fellowship project: "Edging The Ironies: Postcolonial
Catholicism in (Modern) Indonesia."
- Raymond S. Mosha, Ph.D., Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Visiting professor (1993-97) at Duquesne, Xavier University, Loyola University Chicago; before that, associate professor and chair, Spirituality Department, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. Publications in Africa include several articles: "The Prophetic Role of the Church in Tanzania Today," AMECEA Gaba Publications, 1991; "An African Response to Post Vatican II Spirituality," African Christian Studies, June 1988; "The Trinity in the African Context," Africa Theological Journal, 1980.
- Alberto Múnera, S.J., Ph.D., Javeriana University, Bogotà, Colombia. S.T.D., Gregorian University, Rome. Former dean of the Faculty of Theology, of the Postgraduate Interdisciplinary School, and of the Faculty of Education, Javeriana University. Twenty-three years as professor of dogmatic and moral theology at Javeriana University. Former president of COCTI (World Conference of Catholic Theological Institutions), 1987-1993. Publications include Recuerdo y Ofertorio (poems), El Principio Filosófico de Limitación por Semejanza según San Agustin, Teologia Moral Fundamental, El Misterio Trinitario de Dios, Academic Setting of Catholic Theological Institutions, Social Functions of Catholic Theological Institutions, Problemática Religiosa de la Mujer que Aborta, articles in Theologica Xaveriana, from 1973 to 1990. Articles in different specialized periodicals. Co-founder of Cenpro (a Jesuit center for production of TV programs). Founder of the radio station at Javeriana University. Consultant for UNICEF, and consultant in ethics for the Social Foundation (a lay financial institution founded by a Colombian Jesuit in 1911 and oriented to the solution of economic and social problems of the poorest in the country). Special interest in the ethical problems involved in the application of neo-liberal economic policies in Latin America.
- Gerry O'Hanlon, S.J., Ph.D. Queen's University Belfast. Lecturer in Systematic Theology and former Dean of Theology at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin. Publications include The Immutability of God in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar; Solidarity, The Missing Link in Irish Society (with others); Women and the Church (with others); One City, Two Tiers (with others); Freedom, Justice and Responsibility in Ireland Today (with others). Former member of the Department of Theological Questions of the Irish Inter-Church Meeting, and current member of Fr. General's Theological Commission. Area of research: An Irish social theology.
- David T. Stratton, S.M.A., S.T.D., Gregorian University, Rome. A member of the Irish Province of the Society of African Missions. Former associate pastor at St. Gabriel's and house master at the Minor Seminary, Ibadan, Nigeria (1988-92). Areas of interest: John Courtney Murray's contribution to ecclesisology, method in theology, religious pluralism, church organization.
Domestic Visiting Fellows
Since the Center's founding in 1974, many scholars from around the United States have spent a sabbatical at Woodstock, to conduct research, write books, or reflect on topics of current importance. Such Visiting Fellows from around the country have included:
- Peter Bernardi, S.J.
- Edward Glynn, S.J.
- Donald Maldari, S.J.
- Cathy Nerney, SSJ
- Thomas Rausch, S.J.
- Philip Rossi, S.J.
- Thomas Schubeck, S.J.