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Upcoming Events

Thursday 3 December, 3:00-5:00pm - STRSSA Coffee Hour sponsored by Biblical Studies (Caldwell 125), followed by STRS Prayer Event = Orthodox Vespers - St. Nicholas (Fr. S. Alexopoulos) (Byzantine Chapel at Basilica of the National Shrine, Lower Level)


Student News

Paul Brazinski (Church History)

“Islamic Sacred Relics,” in Cakmak, Cenap [ed.], Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, forthcoming 2016).

“Imitation of Christ (Practice), Christianity” in Muessig, Carolyn [ed.], Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR): Medieval and Reformation Christianity, Volume I (De Gruyter: Berlin, forthcoming 2015).

“Tertullian,” in Hendrix, Scott & Okeja, Uchenna [eds.], Encyclopedia of World Religious Figures (ABC-Clio: Santa Barbara, forthcoming 2015).

Review: Cameron, Averil, Byzantine Matters, Princeton UP: Princeton, 2014, in Byzantion 85 (2015), Forthcoming.

Andrew Cuff (Church History)

"Duns Scotus and Jacques de Thérines on Free Will and the Word’s Assumption of Human Nature: Two Quodlibeta from Advent 1306," Philosophy and Theology at Marquette (2015).

"Man’s 'Very Special Habit' and God’s Agency in the Illumination Epistemology and Volition Theory of Bonaventure and Aquinas," Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (forthcoming 2016)

Brantly Milligan (Moral Theology/Ethics) presented on "McLuhan, the Microphone, and Vatican II" at the McLuhan's Faith & Works Conference in October 2015 at St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

Marc Rugani (Moral Theology/Ethics) published the article "Whose Justice? Which Rationality?" in the Catholic Social Science Review. -- Marc V. Rugani, “‘Whose Justice? Which Rationality?’ in Catholic Debates on a Living Wage: John A. Ryan’s Canons of Distributive Justice as Locus of Contested Traditions of Enquiry,” Catholic Social Science Review 20 (2015);;jsessionid=DB6D78A16175C0CBA5088610321414B1?fp=cssr&fq=cssr%2fVolume%2f8980%7c20%2f.

Zachary Keith (Historical Theology) presented on "The Problem of enhypostaton in John Damascene: Why Is Jesus Not a Human Person?" at the XVII. International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford, UK in August 2015.

Tyler Sampson (Liturgy/Sacraments) presented on “A Model of Liturgical Formation in the Middle Ages: The Processional ‘Appendix’ to Vespers in Milan and Rome" at the international Societas Liturgica conference in Quebec in August 2015. Tyler also sat on a panel of young scholars that addressed the direction of liturgical studies in the academy and the church.

Fr. Rodrigue Constantin (Moral Theology/Ethics) presented on "Fasting in Isaach of Antioch" at the North American Syriac Symposium of CUA's Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures in June 2015; Fr. Rodrigue's translation of Isaac of Antioch's (5th C) text is the first English translation of his hymn on fasting.

Brett Smith (Historical/Systematic) presented a paper entitled “Luther and Aquinas on Merit” at the Martin Luther and Catholic Theology International Conference in Maynooth, Ireland in May 2015. The conference was an ecumenical gathering of European and American scholars in anticipation of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. A conference volume is planned to appear in time for the anniversary in 2017.

Sr. Chau Nguyen, O.P. (Systematic Theology)

presented on “'You are my garden, my sister, my bride’ (Song 4:23): A Marian Embodiment of the Song of Songs” at the College Theology Society Conference at the University of Portland in May 2015.

presented on “Contemporary Ecclesiological Questions in Light of Lumen Gentium and the Marian Mystery of the Church” at the Ecclesiological Investigations International Conference at Georgetown University in May 2015.

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General Announcements

Very often, job openings are made known to us at STRSSA and we gladly share them with students at all levels who may be looking for a way to pay for their studies or possibly even work after graduation. These opportunities can be found here:

Fellowships and Jobs for Students

Full Time Positions for Graduates

There is a new section of the webiste which provides resources for students. This section will continue to grow and change in the future. We are very excited for the opportunity to help students as they progress through the program.

2015-2016 Events

Always check the STRSSA Calendar for upcoming events!

Upcoming Washington Theological Consortium events can be found on this page.


November/December 2015

!!STRSSA EVENT!! Thursday 3 December, 3:00-5:00pm - STRSSA Coffee Hour sponsored by Biblical Studies (Caldwell 125), followed by...

*STRS Event* Thursday 3 December, 5:00pm - STRS Prayer Event = Orthodox Vespers - St. Nicholas (Fr. S. Alexopoulos) (Byzantine Chapel at Basilica of the National Shrine, Lower Level)


January 2016

!!STRSSA EVENT!! Thursday 14 January, 3:00-5:00pm - STRSSA Coffee Hour sponsored by Religion & Culture (Caldwell 125), followed by...

!!STRSSA EVENT!! Thursday 14 January, 5:30pm - STRS Prayer Event = Sponsored by STRSSA (details forthcoming)


February 2016

*STRS Event* Wednesday 24 February, 12:30pm - STRS Prayer Event = Maronite Eucharistic Liturgy (Fr. G. Abdallah) (Caldwell Chapel) followed by...

!!STRSSA EVENT!! Wednesday 24 February, 1:30pm - STRSSA Coffee Hour sponsored by Spirituality (Caldwell 125)


March 2016

!!STRSSA EVENT!! TBD March - STRSSA Coffee Hour sponsored by Church HIstory (Caldwell 125)

*STRS Event* TBD March - STRS Prayer Event (details forthcoming)

!!STRSSA EVENT!! Tues 29 March - Lecture = Church History's John Tracy Ellis Memorial Lecture: Dr. David Bell of Mem. Univ. of Newfoundland (details forthcoming)


April/May 2016

!!STRSSA EVENT!! Thursday 7 April - Lecture = Biblical Studies' Roland E. Murphy Lecture: Dr. Amy-Joe Levine of Vanderbilt (Happel Room)

!!STRSSA EVENT!! Thursday 7 April, 3:00-5:00pm - STRSSA Coffee Hoursponsored by Catechetics (Caldwell 125)

!!STRSSA EVENT!! Thursday 7 April, 5:15pm - STRS Prayer Event = STRSSA Annual School Vespers (details forthcoming)

!!STRSSA EVENT!! TBD April/May - STRSSA End of the Year Coffee Hour Series sponsored by Moral/Ethics & Liturgy