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Arcadia

A Student Journal for Faith and Culture
Et In Arcadia Ego

Arcadia, A Student Journal for Faith and Culture, offers a vehicle were both undergraduate and graduates can contribute to the ongoing "dialogue between the Catholic Tradition and all areas of contemporary culture." A project of the Department of Catholic Studies, Arcadia is edited by students and faculty of Seton Hall University and is published annually. 

If you would like a copy of Arcadia, please contact the Department of Catholic Studies by e-mail at cast@shu.edu, or telephone at (973) 275-2808. 

Arcadia, Vol. VII (2015)
Editorial Board

  • Director, Center for Catholic Studies 
    Monsignor Richard Liddy 
  • Chair, Department of Catholic Studies
    Dr. Ines Murzaku 
  • Faculty Advisor, Department of Catholic Studies
    Dr. James P. McGlone 
  • Editor, Center for Catholic Studies
    Gloria Garafulich-Grabois 
  • Editor-in-Chief, Arcadia
    John P. Hughes 
  • Photographers
    Naomi Endsley and Brianna Fitzpatrick 
Introduction to Arcadia, Vol. VII (2015) 

I am proud to present to you the 2015 edition of Arcadia: The Department of Catholic Studies Student Journal. When Dr. Ines Murzaku, our Department Chairperson, approached me about returning as Student Editor for publication of Arcadia, I was thrilled at the prospect of publishing a variety of material that reflect how students live out and experience their faith within Seton Hall University.

After careful consideration, we chose "Devotions" as our theme for this year's edition of the journal. The entries represent the diverse student body of the Department of Catholic Studies. You will find that our contributors' majors include Education, History, Philosophy, and Theology, among others. All students whose writing is published in this journal have one thing in common: they are Catholic. We also have contributions from alumni, a nod to the fact that Seton Hall is a home even after graduation. 

Not only do our contributors' backgrounds vary, but the way in which they express their faith and the various devotions are just as significant. Catholicism gives us so many ways to pray and in this journal we see drawings, essays, poetry, and photography among the ways that our contributors show their faith. 

Despite their differences, our contributors share a common theme: an eagerness to grow in their faith. These young men and women have sought to make the most of Seton Hall University's mission in that they have truly grown in the "Mind, Heart, and Spirit." I hope that you find these entries as powerful as the editorial staff has found them. The Catholic Church at Seton Hall University is very much alive through the New Evangelization. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI referred to a new springtime within our Church, and Seton Hall can certainly count its fruits as part of this rebirth of our Church.

Please be assured that you are remembered in our prayers at Seton Hall University every day, and that your assistance to the University —  spiritually, monetarily, or service-wise — is deeply appreciated. God is certainly alive on our campus. Our students continue to seek our Lord. I hope that these documents, these testimonies will prove to you their passion for the faith. 

John Hughes
Student Editor 

Arcadia, Vol. VI (2014)
Editorial Board: 

  • Director, Center for Catholic Studies
    Monsignor Richard Liddy 
  • Chair, Department of Catholic Studies 
    Dr. Ines Murzaku
  • Faculty Advisor, Department of Catholic Studies
    Dr. James P. McGlone
  • Editor, Center for Catholic Studies
    Mrs. Gloria Garafulich-Grabois 
  • Editor-in-Chief, Arcadia
    John P. Hughes 
  • Administrative Assistant, Department of Catholic Studies
    Mrs. Alexandra Benson 
  • Photographers Zachary DeVoe' 15 and Naomi Endsley '16
Introduction to Arcadia, Vol. VI (2014)
I am proud to present to you the 2014 edition of Arcadia: The Department of Catholic Studies Student Journal. When Dr. Ines Murzaku, our Department Chairperson, approached me about reviving the journal, I was thrilled at the prospect of publishing so many essays that reflect how students live out the mission of Seton Hall University. 

After careful consideration, we chose "Faith in Action at Seton Hall University" as our theme for this year's edition of the journal. The entries represent the diverse student body of the Department of Catholic Studies. You will find that our contributors' majors include Biology, Education, History, Philosophy, and Theology, among others. All students whose writing is published in this journal have one thing in common: they are Catholic. Together these entries represent the diversity of religious community on campus, giving a glimpse into the diversity, the universality of our Catholicism on campus. 

Not only do our contributors' majors vary, but the way that they are involved with their faith at Seton Hall University varies as well. Some have found that they have come to better know Our Lord through the ministry of the monks of the Community of Saint John; others have found their niche within FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, who have five missionaries that work in the Office of Campus Ministry. Still others have found they nurture their souls best through their involvement within Saint Paul's Outreach, which has several missionaries living on campus and household "living faith communities" off-campus. Others have found Christ through the ministry of our forty-plus Priest Community, including, of special-note, Monsignor Richard Liddy, Director of the Center for Catholic Studies, who hosts Night Prayer in his Xavier Hall dormitory room several nights a week.

Regardless of how they have found Jesus Christ, it is clear that our authors' lives have changed as a result of their involvement through Catholic activities on campus. These young men and women have sought to make the most of Seton Hall University's mission in that they have truly grown in the "Mind, Heart, and Spirit." I hope that you find these entries as powerful as the editorial staff has felt about them. The Catholic Church at Seton Hall University is very much alive through the New Evangelization. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI referred to a new springtime within our Church, and Seton Hall can certainly count its fruits as part of this rebirth of our Church. 

Please be assured that you are remembered in our prayers at Seton Hall University every day, and that your assistance to the University — spiritually, monetarily, or service-wise— is deeply appreciated. God is certainly alive on our campus. Our students continue to seek our Lord. I hope that these testimonies will prove to you their passion for the faith. 

John Hughes
Managing Editor 

Arcadia, Vol. V (2013) 
Editorial Board: 

  • Editor
    Gloria Garafulich-Grabois 
  • Managing Editor
    Alexander P. Grabois 
  • Faculty
    Rev. Msgr. Richard Liddy, S.T.L., Ph.D. 
Introduction to Arcadia, Vol. V (2013)
Being a Servant Leader at Seton Hall University 

As a Catholic university, the topic of Servant Leadership is essential in following Catholic Social Teaching. Seton Hall University has long promoted that its students lead both in and out of the classroom. Servant Leadership can be seen in everyday life, from helping a friend with homework to making a trip to a soup kitchen. There are many opportunities to promote Servant Leadership at Seton Hall University, including events and trips run by Campus Ministry and DOVE, the office of volunteer efforts as well as the Center for Servant Leadership. 

In this issue of Arcadia, the idea of Servant Leadership is examined in many different ways. For example, there are articles that speak of how Servant Leadership is inclusive and how there are no limitations as to how one can be a servant of God in their everyday lives. This issue shows that being a servant of God comes in many ways, shapes and forms, ranging from working as a sacristan to volunteering at a soup kitchen. Serving God does not come from one's words but from one's actions and how one lives one's life. Sacrifice is also a large component of being a Servant Leader, as one would have to sacrifice the time that might have been spent on oneself to help others and as shown in some of the service trips ran by DOVE, many students will devote their Spring Break to travel to foreign countries — Haiti or El Salvador — to volunteer in many institutions in those countries, such as schools, nursing homes and/or hospitals. An important concept in Servant Leadership is humility, as these acts are done with compassion and kindness as opposed to being done as a method of acquiring status. 

In closing, this issue celebrates the value of Servant Leadership seen here at Seton Hall University, with the hopes that these students will continue being Servant Leaders their whole life. Servant Leadership is a major part of practicing what we all believe, not only in the Catholic faith, but all human beings of all faiths. It is a concept that truly does not and should not have borders or limitations. 

Alexander Grabois
Managing Editor
Class of 2013 

The Oxford Issue
The Oxford Summer Study Abroad Program 

The Center for Catholic Studies and the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture sponsor a three credit course, The Foundations of Christian Culture, bi-annually at Oxford University. Students spend two weeks examining the origins of Christian culture in England through the disciplines of history, literature and philosophy, visiting sights of historic importance, and reading and reflecting upon the Christian life in a living and learning community in the heart of Oxford. The course is also supported by the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership and the Father Walter Debold Scholarship Fund. For further information or to inquire about the Oxford 2011 Summer Study Abroad Program, please be in touch with Danute Nourse, by e-mail at danute.nourse@shu.edu or telephone at (973) 275-2525. 

Arcadia, Vol. IV (2009)
Editorial Board: 

  • Editor
    Gloria Garafulich-Grabois 
  • Managing Editor
    Elliot Guerra 
  • Associate Editors
    Alexander P. Grabois, James Harris 
  • Editorial Assistant
    Andrea Aguirre 
  • Faculty
    Nancy Enright, Ph.D. 
  • Students
    Kaitlin Owens, Ysabella Esteban 
Arcadia, Vol. III (2008) 
Editorial Board: 

  • Managing Editor
    Elliot Guerra 
  • Faculty
    Nancy Enright, Ph.D., Rev. Msgr. Richard Liddy, S.T.L., Ph.D., James McCartin, Ph.D. 
  • Students 
    Era Murzaku, Jackie Hobbs 
Arcadia, Vol. II (2007)
Editorial Board: 

  • Managing Editor
    Elliot Guerra 
  • Faculty
    Nancy Enright, Ph.D., Rev. Msgr. Richard Liddy, S.T.L., Ph.D., James McCartin, Ph.D. 
  • Students
    Joseph W. McQuaide, IV, Annalise Weindel 
Arcadia, Vol. I (2006)  
Editorial Board: 

  • Managing Editor
    Elliot Guerra 
  • Faculty
    Nancy Enright, Ph.D., Rev. Msgr. Richard Liddy, S.T.L., Ph.D., James McCartin, Ph.D. 
  • Students
    Meghan Conda, Dorothy Krajewski, Joseph W. McQuaide, IV

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