WTU Opens Academic Year

HNP Communications Around the Province

WASHINGTON — The 2009 academic year began here at Washington Theological Union on Aug. 28 with 40 new students. Everyone had a smooth first week, according to the WTU e-letter, Pulse. This year, the school of theology continues to mark its 40th anniversary.

Farewell to Fr. Burkhard
With Fr. Frederick Tillotson, O. Carm., on board as the new president, the WTU community bid farewell to Fr. John Burkhard, OFM Conv., former president, at a reception Aug. 26. The day before, an orientation for new students was held. The school thanked Fr. Burkhard with an engraved clock for his years of service.

WTU has also announced a new staff member and position: Joan Knetemann is director of institutional advancement, a role formerly known as the director of development.

On Sept. 2, the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit was celebrated.

Lectures, Courses
Recent issues of Pulse reported on an assortment of WTU news.

On Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m., WTU is sponsoring a Franciscan lecture. Dr. Lezlie Knox of Marquette University, a Jesuit university in Milwaukee, Wis., will speak on Clare and Franciscan women.

Plagues, Prayers, Prophecy and Providence: Religion and the Health of African Americans” is a new course offered by offered through the Washington Theological Consortium. It will be taught by Dr. R. Frank Gillum, professor, College of Medicine at Howard University.

Pilgrimage to Assisi
WTU is offering a pilgrimage to Assisi from Feb. 26 through March 9. This pilgrimage is an on-site learning program for students open to anyone. Its cost is $1,850, excluding airfare. For details, e-mail pr@wtu.edu.

Students at WTU are encouraged to contribute news and comments to the editor of the e-newsletter, Joe Lontos.

Shown in photo above is Fr. Frederick Tillotson giving the final blessing at the Mass of the Holy Spirit.