PROFESSOR MEAWAD GIVES FOUNDER’S DAY LECTURE ON DOMINICAN SPIRITUALITY
Stephen Meawad, Ph.D., associate professor of theology, presented for Founder’s Day on “Educating the Whole Person: Dominican Spirituality at Caldwell University.”
He spoke about the faith of foundress Mother Joseph Dunn, O.P., who lived her vows for 54 years, and how the current community is a recipient of that commitment. “… Caldwell College for Women, Caldwell University, was built on this love for God, and I as a professor of theology, and all of us here, are indebted to Mother Joseph and all of the Dominican Sisters who have blessed these walls throughout the years.”
Meawad emphasized how Dominican spirituality “offers a distinct educational experience” with the “bedrock of the pursuit of truth.” He discussed the importance of that pursuit of truth related to meaning and purpose, the foundation of the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and service, how those pillars work to educate the whole person, how they are embodied in Jesus Christ and how faith and reason are compatible. “Our job as educators here is to inculcate this thirst for truth within our students,” he said. “We must instill in our students a sense of meaning and purpose, and if we are not doing that, we cannot consider ourselves entirely successful educators. This is why Dominican spirituality is so instrumental to the proper formation of our students.”
Meawad ended his lecture by pointing to the “torch of love,” the self-giving that Mother Joseph lived and that the Sisters of St. Dominic carried throughout the years and for which the campus community today is grateful.
Caldwell students L to R: Akos Harmonie Lantsou, Hailey Rolon and Keyanna Mercado received their first Communion and confirmation at St. Aloysius in Caldwell on April 24. They journeyed through the RCIA process with Colleen O’Brien, former director of Campus Ministry and current adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theology and Philosophy.
NURSING HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC NURSES DELEGATION
Dr. Donna Naturale, associate dean of the School of Nursing and Public Health, and other members of her department hosted a delegation of nurses from the National Association of Catholic Nurses and the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and MedicoSocial Assistants Aug. 9 to network, share information and explore collaborations. The visiting nurses were from Poland, England, Eswatini and the United States. Also attending from Caldwell was Ellina Chernobilsky, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic affairs. Psychology student Tia Williams joined Naturale in giving the nurses a tour of Caldwell’s state-of-the-art nursing labs and campus.