James McGlone, Professor Emeritus
from the Department of Communications and Department of Catholic Studies
member, will perform a dramatic reading of "The Parting of Friends"
with Celtic Theater Company actors. The event, sponsored by the Center
for Catholic Studies, will take place on April 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the
Theater-in-the-Round, University Center.
Blessed John Henry Newman wrote his final Anglican Sermon, "The
Parting of Friends", as a eulogy to all that meant most to him in this
world. When he was about to leave the Church of England, his love of
everything connected with his place at Oxford University came into
conflict with what he believed was a call from God. This dramatic
reading - laced with quotes from the Bible - gives us the voices of his
friends as they witness his sacrifice of one love for another. It is a
hymn to friendship, and a confrontation between loves. Newman presented
his famous sermon on September 25, 1844.
About the Center for Catholic Studies
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic
Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic
intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture,
through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for
faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center
conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, “The Core of the Core,”
which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center
also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with
its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department
of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with
scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.
Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the
sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures,
seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty
development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual
Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.
The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and
is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as
well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer
opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs
related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for
Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social
Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider
business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious
Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review, and Arcadia, a student journal.
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