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Department of Catholic Studies Welcomes Fr. Irenaeus Ikhane
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Fr. Irenaeus IkhaneThe Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University is pleased to welcome Fr. Irenaeus Ikhane, a Ph.D. student from the Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy in the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University, who is currently writing his dissertation focusing on education at a Catholic University.

Fr. Ikhane is a Catholic priest currently working in the Archdiocese of New York as a parochial vicar at the parish of St. Joachim-St. John the Evangelist, in Beacon, New York. Fr. Ikhane has a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the State University of New York and two Bachelor’s degrees, in philosophy and sacred theology respectively. Fr. Ikhane will spend the Spring 2014 semester interning for the Department of Catholic Studies and working closely with Catholic Studies faculty, students, and administrators.

Fr. Ikhane is excited to join the Department of Catholic Studies in the Spring and to have the opportunity to be exposed to various methodological and pedagogical approaches used in the Catholic Studies program and a variety of curricula offerings from traditional, face-to-face courses to hybrid, study abroad and on-line courses. From core courses offered to our undergraduate students to advanced level courses offered to non-traditional students. “This semester will provide an excellent opportunity for exposure to American Catholic higher education in a very unique setting, given that the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University is an interdisciplinary, cross-university department with courses, curricula, faculty and students that go beyond one college or professional school,” said Fr. Ikhane, adding that his goals for the semester with the department include developing “professional development; community outreach; interpersonal relationship among faculty, administration and students; leadership and administrative skills; strategic planning; decision making process.” He is very pleased to have chosen for the Department of Catholic Studies for his Internship because “I believe it is a good place for me to achieve my goals. My dissertation will be in the area of Catholic University Education. My internship in the department will help me gain more insight into Catholic education. Also, I hope to work in a Catholic University in the future.”

About the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University

Established in 2012 — the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II — the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, America’s oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton Hall’s Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is the Church’s encounter and dialogue with society or the Church in the world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture, humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree — a major that enhances every other major.


For more information please contact:
Ines Murzaku
(973) 275-5845


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