Jesuit Archives & Research Center Opens with Symposium on Jesuits and the Sciences
April 24, 2018 — The new Jesuit Archives & Research Center (JARC) in St. Louis hosted its first official academic event today, one day before it opens to researchers. The fourth annual Jesuit Research Student Symposium, co-sponsored with Saint Louis University, featured two students and Father David Brown, SJ, of the Vatican Observatory, presenting on Jesuits and the Sciences.
All three speakers reflected on the intersection between faith, culture and science.
Fr. Brown, an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory in Rome, said that the observatory staff — all Jesuits — are frequently called upon to talk about the intersection of faith and science. “There’s a tremendous amount of interest in that topic today,” he said.
He spoke about the long tradition of Jesuits working in the sciences, and in particular at the Vatican Observatory. He presented numerous arguments to debunk the myth that faith and science cannot co-exist. “If the word deemed it fitting to take our flesh, then surely science is a fit path to the knowledge of God,” he said.
“The Jesuit zeal for the sciences comes directly from the Spiritual Exercises,” Fr. Brown said, adding that science is “just another version of finding God in all things.”
Kaitlyn Centini presented on Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci
Kieran Halloran, SJ, spoke about Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si
Kaitlyn Centini, a student at Lindenwood University, was the inaugural speaker at the brand new JARC, delivering a paper on "Matteo Ricci: Leader of the Jesuit Mission in China." Her research focused on the ways Ricci used cultural accommodation to evangelize in China in the 16th century. Ricci adopted Chinese dress and customs out of respect for the people of China and harmonized Confucian teachings with Christian ethics. He is perhaps the originator of what has since become standard practice for Jesuit missionaries and educators: meeting people where they are in order to spread the Gospel message.
Kieran Halloran, SJ, a Jesuit scholastic, followed Ms. Centini with his paper on "Laudato Si': A Jesuit Engagement with Technology." He explored the overlap between Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and Martin Heidegger’s book "The Question Concerning Technology" (1954). Heidegger, a German philosopher, observed that the essence of technology shapes how we view the world, foreshadowing by 60 years the pope’s message that science and technology can have moral implications.
Halloran also noted how the pope’s foundation in Ignatian spirituality is evident in Laudato Si'. Fr. Brown echoed the sentiment when he pointed out that St. Ignatius’ First Principle also emphasizes being in right relationship with creation.
“Observing God’s creation is a profoundly mystical experience for me,” Fr. Brown said. “My work as an astronomer is an act of adoration.”
October 11, 2018 - TESTAROSSA Winery, located at the former Novitiate Winery in Los Gatos, Calif., hosted a 130th Anniversary luncheon commemorating the 1st harvest of grapes at the Novitiate Winery, October 11, 1888. TESTAROSSA owners, Rob & Diana Jensen invited the Sacred Heart Jesuit Community and Staff for wine tasting and buffet lunch.
October 9, 2018 - Father Robert Joseph Schlim, SJ, longtime teacher in Spokane schools, died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California, October 3, 2017. He was 90 years of age, 68 years a Jesuit, and 56 years a priest.
September 30, 2018 - Jesuit Scholastics studying Philosophy spend their first summer on service immersion programs. The rural villages of Alakanuk, Bethel and Newtok in western Alaska were the frontier destinations for Shane Liesegang, SJ, John Meyers, SJ, Jason McCreery, SJ, Raymond Parcon, SJ, and James Millikan, SJ. Their mission was to contribute their talents wherever needed.
September 17, 2018 - Ms. Kim Cavnar, Principal of St. Francis Xavier School, received Loyola University of Chicago’s 2018 Damen Award from the Institute of Pastoral Studies on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
September 12, 2018 - Father Michael J. Mandala, SJ, emeritus president of Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, died September 9, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years of age and had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years a priest.
September 5, 2018 - Father John J. (“Hex”) Kindall, SJ, longtime high school teacher/principal and pastor in schools and parishes throughout the Pacific Northwest, died August 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 91 years of age, a Jesuit for 74 years, and 61 years a priest.
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