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December 3, 2013
Corban University Signs Unique Partnership Agreement with Mars Hill Church
Salem, Ore. - Starting in the fall of 2014, Corban University of Salem, Ore. and Mars Hill Church will offer a 24-credit Bible certificate at the Mars Hill Bellevue, Wash. location. Classes are slated to begin in the fall of 2014.
The curriculum will include Bible and Theology Foundation, Ministry Skills Foundation, Introduction to Bible, Introduction to Theology, Christian Worldview and Apologetics, Biblical Spiritual Formation, Gospels, Bible Study Methods.
"We are anticipating a great, ongoing relationship with Mars Hill Church, pending approval of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities,” said Corban Provost Matt Lucas. "This certificate is not included under Corban University’s accreditation until NWCCU approves the program.”
Mars Hill Church began in 1996 as a Bible study in the Wallingford, Wash. home of Mark and Grace Driscoll just north of Seattle. Today, the congregation is distributed across 15 locations in five different states, reaching millions around the world through a robust outward-facing ministry that includes podcasts, music, events, and websites like theResurgence.com. Mars Hill has been named one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in America, as well as one of the most innovative. Driscoll’s sermons are viewed millions of times per year online and regularly rank number 1 on iTunes podcast charts.
"I am enthusiastic and optimistic about Corban University’s partnership with Mars Hill Church,” said Sheldon C. Nord, president of Corban University. "It is consistent with our strong desire to be ‘Christian thought leaders’—a leading voice on cultural, philosophical and academic issues, with a commitment to raise up future leaders who will champion the cause of Christ in their respective disciplines.”
Corban University is an independent Christian university with two campuses and international partnerships in Indonesia, Australia, Germany and Cameroon. It offers more than 50 majors and programs of study including professional, liberal arts, and ministries. Along with traditional and adult degree completion programs at the undergraduate level, Corban offers graduate teacher licensure programs and graduate degrees in education, business, ministry and counseling.
Contact: Dr. Matt Lucas/ firstname.lastname@example.org/ 503-589-8166
December 3, 2013
Pope Francis to Celebrate Bambinelli Sunday, December 15-Pope Francis and the children of Rome will gather in St. Peter’s Square to bless their adorable bambinellis from their family’s Christmas crèches.
(Cincinnati, OH) All eyes will look to Rome, Sunday, December 15 as Pope Francis holds an event that celebrates children, Christmas and "bambinellis.” Pope Francis and the children of Rome will gather in St. Peter’s Square to bless their adorable bambinellis from their family’s Christmas crèches.
Amy Welborn, author of the new children's book, Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing, confirmed that Pope Francis would be celebrating the event this year. Here is the official announcement from the Italian site for "Benedizione die Bambinelli” or as Amy and illustrator Ann Engelhart refer to it in their new children's book, "Bambinelli Sunday."
What Is "Bambinelli Sunday?"
Each year on the Third Sunday of Advent, children gather with their families in St. Peter's Square for "Bambinelli Sunday." The children bring with them figures of the Christ Child -- the "Bambinelli" -- from their family's Nativity scene or precepe. During the noontime Angelus prayer, the pope blesses the children and the figurines they have brought.
The book Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing tells the story of one little boy, Alessandro, and what he learns about family, faith, and love one special day. It is a beautifully illustrated story for children who love to assemble their Christmas creches each year.
U.S. Parishes Celebrate Bambinelli Sunday
Perhaps more parishes will adopt the practice of a day to bless bambinellis? Amy Welborn has a growing list of parishes and celebrations.
Of course, the big event will be on Sunday, December 15, with Pope Francis. Vatican watchers and photographers look forward to another colorful photo opportunity for Pope Francis with the children of Rome and their bambinellis!
To interview Amy Welborn or Ann Engelhart as experts about the upcoming papal event, Bambinelli Sunday, contact Chris Holmes (email@example.com 1-800-488-0488 x161) or Barbara Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-488-0488 x101). More about Christmas and Advent at http://catalog.franciscanmedia.org/advent
December 2, 2013
Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson to be Installed as Temple Emanu-El’s New Senior Rabbi -Fri, Dec 6 at a Special Sabbath Service – New York City
New York, NY – Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York is pleased to announce that it’s new Senior Rabbi, Joshua M. Davidson, will be honored at an Installation event at a special Sabbath Service on Friday, December 6, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Main Sanctuary, Fifth Avenue at 65th Street. Rabbi Davidson succeeded Rabbi David Posner on July 1.
Speakers at the Installation will include Rabbi Jerome K. Davidson, Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-El (Great Neck); Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein of Central Synagogue, Rabbi Dr. Norman J. Cohen of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Senior Rabbi Emeritus Dr. David M. Posner, Senior Rabbi Emeritus Dr. Ronald B. Sobel, and President of the Congregation John H. Streicker. Rabbi Joshua Davidson’s wife, Cantor Mia Fram Davidson, who serves as the Associate Cantor at Westchester Reform Temple, will participate in the service.
This is an historic and rare event for the world’s largest Reform synagogue. The last installation service took place nearly 40 years ago in 1974 for Rabbi Ronald Sobel. Previous installations were held in 1968 and 1948.
Previously, Rabbi Joshua Davidson was Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester in Chappaqua, New York. He is a past president of both the Westchester Board of Rabbis and the Chappaqua Interfaith Council. From 2001-2006, he served as chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ Committee on Justice, Peace and Religious Liberties and vice-chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. He has also chaired the Commission’s task force on Israel and World Affairs. Prior to his arrival at Temple Beth El, Rabbi Davidson served as both Assistant Rabbi and then Associate Rabbi for five years at Central Synagogue in New York City. He is a member of the Hebrew Union College President’s Rabbinic Council and the Clergy Advisory Board of Interfaith Impact of New York State.
Rabbi Davidson was born in Great Neck, New York, son of Rabbi Jerome K. Davidson, now Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, and Dr. Gail S. Davidson, curator at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution in New York. He graduated from Princeton University in 1990 with a BA in English Language and Literature, received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 1995, and was ordained at the New York campus in 1997 at a ceremony that took place in Temple Emanu-El’s sanctuary. He is married to Cantor Mia Fram Davidson. They have two daughters, Helena and Mikaela.
November 25, 2013
Nearly three quarters of household charitable giving goes to organizations with religious ties, new study finds
(Los Angeles, CA) The new report Connected to Give: Faith Communities demonstrates that nearly three quarters of all U.S. household giving—73 percent—goes to organizations with religious ties. The report, which for the first time takes into account donations to religiously identified charitable organizations alongside congregations, highlights the multidimensional nature of religion and giving in America.
"It’s like putting on 3D glasses,” said report co-author Dr. Shawn Landres, CEO and research director of Jumpstart, the philanthropic research and design lab spearheading Connected to Give. "In addition to looking at congregations, when we also look at the religious identity of the organization and the religious or spiritual orientation of the donor, it turns out that a majority of Americans contribute to organizations with religious ties and a majority of Americans cite religious commitments as key motivations for their giving.”
Donations to religious congregations—primarily for religious activity or spiritual development—represent about two fifths of household giving nationally. In addition, there are many nonprofit organizations pursuing other purposes, such as basic needs, health care, or international aid, but which also have religious identities. Another third of household giving goes to these religiously identified nonprofits; examples include Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, World Vision, or Jewish federations.
Jumpstart collaborated with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and GBA Strategies on two national surveys covering 4,862 American households. The report by Jumpstart and Indiana researchers provides breakdowns by age, household income, motivations, and purposes of giving across the five largest American religious groups—Black Protestant, Evangelical Protestant, Jewish, Mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic—as well as Americans not affiliated with a religious tradition.
"Much of what has previously been thought of one-dimensionally as giving to ‘secular’ purposes actually goes to religiously identified organizations,” said report co-author Dr. Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm, professor of economics and philanthropic studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He added that innovative research methods allowed for a clearer picture of the way religious ties shape the giving landscape.
The report focuses on three dimensions that influence whether a person makes a gift to a specific organization: 1) the purpose of the organization, 2) the identity of the organization, specifically whether it does or does not have a religious identity and 3) donor orientation—whether or not individuals consider themselves to be religious or spiritual.
"In the current nonprofit environment, where national conversations rightly are focused on outcomes and impact, our findings are an important reminder that identities and values play a critical role in shaping charitable choices,” said Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon, president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and co-founder of Connected to Give. "Donors keep both in mind when they decide where to make their gifts,” he added.
Connected to Give—which to date has produced three reports with at least three more in the pipeline—is funded and led by a national collaborative consortium of more than a dozen independent, family and community foundations and organizations. In addition to Landres and Wilhelm, the authors of Connected to Give: Faith Communities include Indiana's Melanie A. McKitrick and Amir D. Hayat.
Connected to Give: Faith Communities will be available for download at http://www.connectedtogive.org.
Connected to Give: Faith Communities will also be the centerpiece of Faith+GivingTuesday+SocialGood on Tuesday, December 3, in Los Angeles. Jumpstart will convene philanthropic, nonprofit, and religious leaders to explore the report's broader implications for religion and giving. Scheduled 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. PST at the USC Caruso Catholic Center; the program will be livestreamed. Media credentials available via the contact above.
Jumpstart is a 501(c)(3) philanthropic research & design lab based in Los Angeles whose unique combination of research, convenings, and funding enables creative changemakers—philanthropists and institutional leaders alike—to realize their own visions and advance the common good. For further information, please visit http://jumpstartlabs.org or email email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter or "Like” us on Facebook.
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change. For further information please visit www.philanthropy.iupui.edu. Follow us on Twitter or "Like” us on Facebook.
November 25, 2013
New Book Gives New Life to the Scrooge Story
SEATTLE – Just in time for Christmas, A Modern Christmas Carol replaces Scrooge with a character most of us would agree needs a good soul searching—a televangelist.
In a thought-provoking retelling of the Dickens classic, A Modern Christmas Carol tells the story of a shrewdly successful televangelist who receives unexpected Christmas visitors: first, his long-dead partner, and then three ghostly guides. Finally able to acknowledge the shallowness of his message and doubts he has long suppressed, he makes amends with far-reaching consequences.
Most readers will enjoy seeing a televangelist get his comeuppance, but this book is more than that. It explores faith and the evidence for Christianity, and it should provoke or intrigue any reader interested in the impact Christianity has on modern society. It will engage thoughtful readers who enjoyed the intellectual workout of books such as C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity or Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion.
"Christians should understand the arguments—or lack of them—that underlie their faith,” said Bob Seidensticker, author of the book. "A reboot of Dickens seemed like a great way to explore challenging issues while carried along by a classic story.”
Critics have praised the book. Dr. Robert M. Price, the author of many books on Christianity, calls the book, "Consistently ingenious and beautifully written … thought-provoking!” Gretta Vosper, a minister and author of With or Without God, said, "Clever and brilliantly told, I’ll even admit to tears at the end! A Christmas story I’m happy to share.”
Bob Seidensticker is the blogger behind the popular Cross Examined blog ("Clear thinking about Christianity”) at the Patheos network. He is also the author of several other books including Cross Examined: An Unconventional Spiritual Journey, another novel that explores the intellectual underpinnings of Christianity.
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November 21, 2013
New Documentary Explores C.S. Lewis's Struggle over Intelligent Design
SEATTLE--Just in time for the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis's death, a new documentary is being released exploring the beloved Christian writer's life-long struggle to find intelligent design in a world filled with cruelty, pain, and imperfection.
The documentary "C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design" premieres this week on the NRB cable and satellite network and the YouTube C.S. Lewis Channel. The documentary was inspired by a book edited by Dr. John West titled The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society.
"C.S. Lewis is well-known for defending the existence of God, but he actually struggled for much of his life to see purpose in a universe that often seemed cold and heartless," says West. "In 'C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design,' we explore the fascinating story of how Lewis became persuaded that design in nature was real."
"One of the things that may surprise some viewers is just how angry Lewis's atheism could be in his earlier years, including a little-known poem about nature he wrote around the time of World War I titled 'Satan Speaks.'"
In addition to West, the documentary features interviews with noted Lewis experts Angus Menuge, editor of C.S. Lewis: Lightbearer in the Shadowlands, and Victor Reppert, author of C.S. Lewis’s Dangerous Idea. It also contains footage of from an interview with the late Antony Flew, one of the world’s leading atheists who knew Lewis and who later came to believe in God before his death.
Best remembered today for his Narnian stories and books on theology like Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis also was a renowned scholar of Medieval and Renaissance English literature, first at Oxford University and later at Cambridge University. His books have reportedly sold more than 200 million copies. On Nov. 22, he will be honored with a memorial at the renowned Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, London, placing him alongside other distinguished English writers such as William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and T.S. Eliot.
For more information visit www.cslewisweb.org.
November 12, 2013
Blockbuster film Restless Heart available now on DVD-Ignatius Press announces release of highly anticipated movie on St. Augustine
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 11, 2013 – The wait is over. Ignatius Press will release RESTLESS HEART: The Confessions of Augustine, the first full-length feature film on beloved St. Augustine, as a two-disc collector’s edition DVD Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The highly anticipated DVD features the 133-minute theatrical-length film and a 203-minute extended version of the film, and a 24-page illustrated companion booklet.
Filmed in Europe, RESTLESS HEART uses a historic backdrop to tell the story of one of the Church’s most beloved and well-known saints. Its message of sin, conversion and redemption is as timely today as it was in the fifth century of Augustine. It is the story of a gifted man who pursues fame and fortune without a moral compass — and the dramatic changes that occur in his soul when challenging events lead him to see the light of truth. It also chronicles the collapse of the Roman world and how Augustine laid the intellectual foundations of what became Europe. With Augustine, the stories of two other great saints, Monica and Ambrose, are also portrayed.
"The release on DVD of RESTLESS HEART is a major event for Ignatius Press, as this epic film is the biggest movie project we have been involved with to date,” said Ignatius Press Director of Marketing Anthony Ryan. "For the first time ever, with this film IP did a three-stage release process: an eight-month sponsored-theatrical release, then a five-month parish screening program release, and now the third and final stage, releasing it on DVD in a special two-disc Collector's Edition. The positive response of the public to this powerful film on St. Augustine has been overwhelming, and we are very excited to now release it on DVD, just in time for the Christmas season.”
RESTLESS HEART is directed by Christian Duguay ("Joan of Arc,” "Pius XII”). The cast includes Allesandro Presiosi, Monica Guerritore, Johannes Brandrup, Serena Rossi and Franco Nero.
Ignatius Press originally obtained the North American distribution rights to the movie and made it available via a screening program that was immensely successful; it resulted in over 1,000 screenings in over 200 cities in North America, with large crowds frequently attending each show.
To watch an exclusive, extended trailer of the film, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqJ2daYBevQ.
For more information on the DVD, or to schedule an interview with Anthony Ryan, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or email KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.
November 11, 2013
For Catholics, Scripture just got more mobile-Top-selling GoBible offers features to make spiritual routines easier for those with various needs
ATLANTA, Nov. 11, 2013 – The Word of God has never been more accessible than it is today. With a largely literate society, the explosion of the Internet and the variety of devices to let you access the Web, there’s no reason not to read Scripture. But for some Catholics, actually reading Scripture can present some challenges.
The Original GoBible is a digital audio device about the size of deck of cards that can be tucked anywhere – purse, backpack, even a diaper bag or medical pouch. It even fits comfortably in a pocket. With the addition of the GoBible’s Voice Menu feature, the device will be particularly useful to the disabled and the Catholic ministries that serve them, particularly the sight-impaired, and to the elderly, who may find reading the Bible difficult because of illness or physical challenge.
GoBible gives Catholics the chance to take the Bible with them almost anywhere, and to be able to follow by audio each day’s readings. The Catholic version has the imprimatur of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and is narrated by Emmy Award-winner Stephen Johnston. One of the most important new features in this Catholic version is a daily reading plan accessible by voice menu to both the year and cycle, which are important to Catholics who regularly attend daily Mass.
The Original GoBible is preloaded with over 80 hours of audio; the entire Old and New Testaments and it is searchable by any of the 35,000 plus verses in the Catholic Bible. The unit also has a Story Index of 230 popular Bible storeis, a Topic Index, a Holiday/Event Index and Bookmarks. The Catholic GoBible also features a narrated rosary and common prayers, including the Apostles Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Act of Contrition.
A simpler version of the unit was released last year and sold several thousand copies to date. This expanded version is expected to be a best seller.
For more information, to request a review unit, or to schedule an interview with creator Andrew Block, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.
November 8, 2013
Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine
Usually the idea of a monk conveys the image of a person meditating in a cross-legged position in the middle of a forest or in an isolated monastery up by the mountain peaks. The monastery I live in is in the New York City’s East Village, bordered by nightclubs, bars, tattoo shops, and endless traffic. Of all places, how did I end up here?
After growing up in LA for 21 years of my life, my parent’s multi-million dollar business burnt down and we lost our entire fortune. The business, the house, our savings, and all three cars – the Benz, Lincoln, and my brand new Accord - were gone in the blink of an eye. To say the least, I was worried and afraid about what my future would hold.
After abruptly leaving college, I ended up moving to Bulgaria, a small country in Eastern Europe that had recently come out of the communist bloc. Completely separated from my society, culture, and country, I felt lost and alone. During this critical time, I explored the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita which taught me about the ideas of reincarnation, the soul, karma, consciousness, the universe, and god. These teachings provided me stability while I was on the unpredictable roller coaster of life.
In Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine, I explain the journey that began in Los Angeles, continued to Bulgaria, then to working in finance in New Jersey, and culminating at a monastery in New York. I share the essential wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita that inspired me to lead a balanced life and nourish the restless mind. And I share with you, the reader, the spiritual teachings that I successfully communicate to professionals and students as a lecturer and Hindu Chaplain at Columbia University, New York University, and Union Theological Seminary.
Contact: Pandit Dasa / firstname.lastname@example.org / 614-286-1080
November 8, 2013
The Twible Now Available in Book Form...It's the Bible, now with 99% fewer begats!
For nearly four years, religion scholar Jana Riess tweeted the entire Bible: a chapter a day, 1,189 chapters, from Genesis to Revelation. Her interpretive question in approaching the text was "What would The Onion say about this passage?” The irreverent distillation of Scripture gained thousands of followers and retweets, and was featured in USA Today and The Guardian, among other media. It’s now available in book form: The Twible: All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less . . . Now with 68% More Humor!
Riess understands that busy people with stuff to do want the Bible, only funnier and shorter. With tongue firmly in cheek, she delivers:
- Leviticus 20: More people and animals you can’t have sex with. Death penalty for you and the cow. Though why it’s the cow’s fault we really can’t say.
- Corinthians 13: Love is patient and kind. It does not get annoyed or impatient that this chapter is read at Every. Single. Wedding. Love bears all.
- Revelation 12: A sparkly woman gives birth to baby Jesus with a killer dragon as midwife. This could really spice up the nativity crèche at Christmas.
In addition to the tweets for each of chapter and more than 50 original cartoons, The Twible print edition includes informative sidebars that answer pressing questions such as "WTF is Revelation?” and handy lists such as:
- Top Five Incestuous Relationships in Genesis;
- Ten Biblical Names that Shouldn’t Be Used Again Anytime Soon;
- Five Deuteronomic Laws We Really Hope You’re Not Observing.
Riess also summarizes every book of the Bible in seven words or less and provides a glossary to help readers keep track of who’s who.
Reading the entire Bible as a unit—the mix of stories, letters, histories, and poetry, spanning several millennia—is mind-blowing, Riess says, and the experience deepened her appreciation of scripture. "What struck me most is how human and flawed the biblical characters are. In church we tend to quote Paul’s gentle odes to love (1 Corinthians 13), but we ignore the rougher edges, like when he wishes aloud that his opponents would be castrated (Gal. 5:12). Knowing that those rough edges are there increases my admiration and sense of connection with Paul and other biblical figures. They were ordinary people, more like us than not, who did extraordinary things for God.”
The Twible is available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon.com.
Jana Riess blogs for Religion News Service and is the author of many books, including Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the top ten religion books of 2011. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She wonders if maybe The Twible is the book that will guarantee her room reservation in hell. Just in case, she is donating 25% of the proceeds after expenses to five charities that provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief around the world.
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November 5, 2013
Every United Church of Christ -Affiliated Seminary is Sexually Healthy and Responsible, Lauds Religious Institute
The Religious Institute announced today that all seminaries affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC) have now met a majority of the criteria of a sexually healthy and responsible seminary, making the UCC the first Protestant denomination to achieve this distinction.
"We are proud of our long partnership with the United Church of Christ,” said the Rev. Debra W. Haffner, President of the Religious Institute. "Through their leadership in sexuality education and the welcome and inclusion of LGBT persons, the UCC has a strong track record of advocacy for sexual justice. That all UCC affiliated seminaries are meeting this high standard for sexual health and responsibility underscores their denominational commitment to build on this legacy for future religious leaders and congregants alike.”
Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, General Minister and President of the UCC, noted "I'm proud of our UCC-related seminaries and seminarians, who take these matters seriously, make the connections between religion and sexuality, work to be inclusive communities of justice and peace, and have put in place policies and practices that create safe space and combat stigma, discrimination, sexual abuse and violence. [This accomplishment] bodes well for the future of the church and for the ministries of health and wholeness to which we are called as persons created in the image of an ever-engaged God."
Thirty diverse U.S. seminaries now meet at least two thirds of the criteria for a sexually healthy and responsible seminary, compared to just ten in 2009. United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and McCormick Theological Seminary are the two most recent additions to the list of Sexually Healthy and Responsible Seminaries.
"Today at least thirty seminaries are helping future clergy deal with the realities of sexuality issues in the lives of their congregants and have a demonstrated commitment to the overall sexual health of their institutions. Religious leaders with training in sexuality help their congregants make important connections between sexuality and spirituality and have the skills to respond to the sexuality-related needs of those they serve,” stated Religious Institute Deputy Director Marie Alford-Harkey.
Additional information on this project, including a full list of the institutions designated as Sexually Healthy and Responsible Seminaries, is available at religiousinstitute.org/healthyseminaries.
Contact: J. Michael Cobbfirstname.lastname@example.org/203-222-0055
November 4, 2013
Alice von Hildebrand invested as a Dame Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke at her 90th birthday gala
New York City, NY — In honor of her exemplary personal witness as a philosopher, teacher, author, and leading Catholic voice on cultural matters, Alice von Hildebrand was formally invested as a Dame Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory, on Oct. 30th, at a gala dinner celebrating her 90th birthday, hosted by the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project.
Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, presented the honor to Alice von Hildebrand:
"Pope Francis, in recognition of the outstanding and faithful service of Dr. Alice von Hildebrand to the Church and to society in general has deigned to confer upon her the title of Lady Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory in public recognition of the esteem in which she is held in the Church.
"In celebrating the birth and baptism of Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, we think immediately of her husband of revered memory, Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand, to whom she was so devoted, first as his student and then as his wife and co-worker in the study of truth taught to us both by faith and reason, and in the life of truth through love of God. How fitting it is that The Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project is the host of our celebration, for, since its foundation by John Henry Crosby, Dr. von Hildebrand has worked tirelessly with him for the realization of its noble purposes.
"In thanking God for the gift of Alice von Hildebrand to us and to so many whose lives she has transformed by her teaching and her writing, let us join with her in preserving the memory of her beloved husband and in making his important writings more available and better known. In honoring her tonight, let us rededicate ourselves to the work of The Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project.”
Lady Alice, in accepting the honor, spoke of the importance of gratitude, of love and friendship as "remnants of the earthly paradise,” and of how she came to value philosophy through her husband’s witness:
"His approach showed that philosophy is not an abstract discipline. It is life. It involves my heart, my intelligence and my will, and therefore opens a vista of greatness and beauty that most of us are not aware of… He showed me that what we call Christian philosophy is not an abstraction, it is simply reason baptized by faith.”
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