This fall, the Collegeville Institute welcomed a full deck of resident scholars, hailing from around the world and representing disciplines ranging from anthropology, music, mathematics, art, historical theology, and ethics. These twelve scholars have plunged into the rhythm of research, writing, prayer, fellowship, and collaboration that characterizes life at the Institute during the academic year. Several scholars have already been busy showcasing their work for a broader audience.
On September 16, Jenell Paris, professor of anthropology at Messiah College, teamed up with the Collegeville Institute’s associate director, Janel Kragt Bakker, to explore tragedy and suffering in the life of faith. Based on their research about parents’ faiths following stillbirth and neonatal death, Paris and Bakker considered the religious dimensions of this particular type of loss. If you weren’t on campus to catch their presentation, you can watch it online here:
On September 22, the date of the Fall Equinox, another resident scholar, Thomas Schonberg, performed Bach’s Cello Suite Number 1 in G Major for an intimate group at the Episcopal House of Prayer nearby. Tom normally resides in Stockholm, Sweden, where he serves as dean of the Lidingo School of Music. Get a taste of the concert by listening to Tom play the prelude of the Suite next to the crackling fireplace in the library of the House of Prayer:
Future presentations are also in the works. In early October, Mary Frances Coady, a writer with the Catholic New Times and instructor at Ryerson University in Toronto, will read from her biography of Georges and Pauline Vanier. Join us on Thursday, October 3, at 4:00 p.m. in the Founders Room of Saint John’s University for the reading. More information can be found here:
Later in October, Beverly Goines, a Ph.D. candidate in religion and culture at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., will lead a colloquium on ecumenism and the Black Church at Camphor United Methodist Church in Saint Paul. A group of faith leaders from the Twin Cities will join Beverly in discussing the ecumenical vision of three prominent Black theologians.
As the academic year progresses, other resident scholars will be sharing their work publically as well. Stay tuned, and join us physically or online as you are able.