WTU Looks Forward to New Year

HNP Communications Around the Province

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington Theological Union community is looking optimistically to a successful semester.

WTU President Fr. John Burkhard, OFM Conv., distributed an e-mail Christmas message, thanking friends for supporting WTU.

“I am grateful to all our supporters, especially during such challenging times,” he said. “The work that WTU does to prepare our religious and lay students is much needed in the Church, now more than ever.”

“It was wonderful to kick off our 40th anniversary celebration at the Croatian Embassy last month,” said Fr. John, pictured.  “By now, you probably know how happy I have been to share that both the Association of Theological Schools and Middle States renewed their accreditation of WTU this fall. In addition, it was wonderful to meet the 15 doctoral students, who comprise the first cohort, when they began their coursework for the new Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality degree last month.

“As we enter 2009, we look forward to another successful semester and several events in which I hope you will consider participating.”

Upcoming WTU events include:

Jan. 14 Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series with Dr. Philip Sheldrake, who will speak on “Contemplation & Social Practice: The Example of Thomas Merton.” Merton died 40 years ago, in December 1968.
Feb. 15 Sophia Award presentation and lecture with Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D.
Feb. 27 – Mar. 10 WTU’s spring break pilgrimage to Italy, led by Dr. Ed McCormack
Mar. 18 Franciscan lecture with Lezlie Knox
Apr. 19 WTU Easter Vespers at Blessed Sacrament
May 22 – 24 Franciscan lecture