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Take the Time for Scriptural Reflection this Lent  

A cross made out of palms laying on a piece of wood. This spring, Catholics will gather together as they do every year to receive their ashes on Ash Wednesday. Why not also take the time in the weeks that follow to reflect deeply on the Lenten season?

Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (ICSST) invites all Seton Hall University students, faculty, staff and administrators to Lenten Lamentations, a series of three Lenten scriptural reflections. Each reflection will take place from 5 to 5:45 p.m. in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. Afterwards, participants are welcome to join the Seminary in its refectory for a simple Lenten Friday meal of soup and bread served by ICSST seminarians.

The series schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 22
Failing and Grieving: Lament as Scriptural Response
Presenter: Rev. Thomas Stegman, S.J.
Dean and Professor Ordinarius of New Testament, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Friday, March 29
The Whole Body Aches: Godly Grief and Transformation
Presenter: Sr. Maria Pascuzzi, C.S.J., S.S.L., S.T.D.
Associate Dean, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

Friday, April 5
Lamentations: Hope for a New Day
Presenter: Dianne Traflet, J.D., S.T.D.
Associate Dean, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

Registration is encouraged by the Friday prior to each date. R.S.V.P. to Theresa Miller at (973) 761-9575 or

Father Thomas Stegman is a current member of the U.S. Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. He is a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Marquette University, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and Emory University and has written and co-edited a multitude of books and articles.

Sr. Maria Pascuzzi is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. She specializes in the New Testament Letters of Paul. The author of various scholarly publications and the recently completed commentary on Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians for the 3rd revised edition of the New Jerome Biblical Commentary (Bloomsbury Press), she is an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association, an associate editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and a member of the international advisory board of the Irish Theological Quarterly. Sr. Pascuzzi is a Sister of Saint Joseph, Brentwood, NY, with a record of service to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops as well as various local churches.

Dianne Traflet is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Administration, and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. Traflet has been teaching at the School of Theology for more than twenty years. The author of Edith Stein: A Spiritual Portrait, she has given countless lectures, days of recollection and parish missions on topics related to the spiritual life and has facilitated and given numerous retreats and presentations related to forgiveness and mercy. She is a frequent guest on Relevant Radio's Morning Air (1430 AM) and has been featured on television shows such as Faith and Culture, Bookmark, Sunday Night Prime, and Living His Life Abundantly. 

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For more information, please contact:

  • Theresa Miller
  • (973) 761-9575