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March 2011

Student Profiles

Finding Hope During the Dark Days of Preparation

McQuills Slides

Matt McQuillan, Senior Catholic Studies student, writes of his experience preparing for his last Tommie baseball season this Spring as he spends a much deserved Spring Break in Florida with the team.  His reccount of the toils and tribulations of such preparations seem to be reminiscent of each Catholic’s journey during the Lenten Season.  This is a great opportunity for reflection on this Lenten experience, as the Eternal Ray of Hope, Jesus in the Resurrection, remains waiting on the horizon to dispell the long dark days of Lent.  Here is Matt’s experience:

It has been a very, very long winter.  The long dark days, the high cost of heating a poorly insulated duplex, and the seemingly endless cycle of snow emergencies have all contributed to its incessancy.  But for myself, and the University of St. Thomas baseball team, this winter has been particularly long.  Perhaps it was the month of 5:30 A.M. practices we endured.  More likely it is the monotony of attempting to practice baseball indoors by doing the same drills day after day…after day.  Needless to say, there were many mornings when we asked ourselves, “is this really worth it?” Continue Reading

Lectures and Conferences

Recapping ‘Why Newman Matters’


On March 1st, Dr. Don Briel, director of the Center for Catholic Studies and avid Newman scholar, gave a lecture titled “Why Newman Matters,” the first of a series of lectures on Faith and Culture. Although he acknowledged a variety of possible reasons for the importance of John Henry Newman, Briel chose to speak about Newman as an educator who had profound insights into the nature and end of higher education. Newman’s Idea of a University was the primary source of Briel’s reflection.

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Social Events

Monte Cassino

Monte Cassino

On February 25th Catholic Studies sponsored its fourth annual Monte Cassino night–an event that has become quite the spring semester tradition.  Dressed to the nine, students pack themselves into the warm and homey atmosphere of Sitzmann Hall.  This time, however, the building is disguised as a casino.  The elegant evening is comprised of a poker tournament, blackjack, a karaoke contest, prizes, food, and a bar with cleverly named virgin drinks (Sanctus Soda, Mimosa Mary, Ave Maria Apple…to name a few).  Below are pictures from the festivities.

Pictures courtesy of Miriam Stella and Nathaniel Binversie