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An Interview with Archbishop Timothy Broglio, BC '73

Archbishop Broglio leading evening prayer onboard the USS Iwo Jima.
Archbishop Broglio leading evening prayer onboard the USS Iwo Jima.

by David O'Neill

 

On April 17, The Torch had the honor of corresponding with the Most Reverend Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services. A Boston College alumnus himself, the Archbishop now leads the most geographically diverse American Catholic diocese; his flock extends across several continents, and his ministry requires extensive travel to reach them. This month, he spoke to The Torch about his undergraduate experience at BC, his challenges and blessings as a bishop, and his hopes for young Catholics.

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University Presidents Discuss Church Revitalization

Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., Sr. Janet Eisner, S.N.D.D.E.N., and Rev. Joseph McChane, S.J.
Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., Sr. Janet Eisner, S.N.D.D.E.N., and Rev. Joseph McChane, S.J.

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

As part of the Church in the 21st Century Center’s Easter Series, three presidents of Catholic universities engaged in a discussion on hope for revitalization for the Church. The event took place on March 28, and the speakers were Rev. William Leahy, S.J. of Boston College; Sr. Janet Eisner, SNDDEN, of Emmanuel College; and Rev. Joseph McShane, S.J, of Fordham University. Karen Kiefer, director of the C21 Center, moderated the discussion.

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Panel Addresses Role of Women in the Church

by Justin Schnebelen

 

“I’m a woman in the Church—and no one can take that away from me.”

            

These were the words of Ejuma Adoga, one of the female Church leaders highlighted in the April 2nd Campus Ministry event, “Women in the Church.” Held in Stokes Hall, upwards of 60 woman huddled in the cramped classroom, crouching against the walls and sitting amidst the makeshift rows. The men present could be counted on two hands. Prof. M. Shawn Copeland of the theology department; Emily Egan, campus minister for retreats; and Kelly Hughes, campus minister and program director for Appalachia Volunteers, joined Adoga on the panel.

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Summer Philosophy Class Takes On the Camino

by Quentin Bet

 

Blisters, sore legs, and a sense of spiritual rebirth are all common side effects faced by travelers of the Camino de Santiago. Sprawling across the hills and fields of Europe, the Camino is a network of paths leading to the shrine of St. James in northwest Spain. Otherwise known as the Way of St. James, it was first used as a Christian pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in the Middle Ages. For centuries, the Camino has attracted pilgrims near and far, becoming a symbol of contemplation, self-reflection, and transformation. To this day, the Way of St. James is traversed by approximately 300,000 people of various religions, cultures, and backgrounds every year.

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C21 Panel Discusses Responsibilities of Catholic Journalists

by Adriana Watkins

 

On Tuesday, March 12, The Church in the 21st Century Center (C21) marked the kickoff of its Easter Series, a program of lectures and panels that promote the renewal of the Catholic Church. The first event of the series was a discussion between John Allen (Editor, Crux) and Fr. Matt Malone, S.J. (President and Editor-in-Chief, America Media), moderated by Jack Dunn (Boston College). Presented under the title “Revitalizing the Faith: Ideas from the Catholic Press,” the panel explored questions of transparency, efficiency, and responsibility in the world of journalism as it concerns the Church today.

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Opinion: The Challenge of “Us” in Ecological Times

by Justin Schnebelen

 

On February 28, the 18th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture featured Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.,’s “The Challenge of ‘Us’ in Ecological Times” but lecture it was not, for it felt more like prophecy. Johnson’s “spiritual vision” she put forth was an active retrieval of the human identity.

            

Fulton 511 was full and the air dense with the expectation that Johnson would stretch the audience’s conception of God in new, healthy ways, and do it all with a sort of Christ-like no-prophet-is-accepted-in-her-hometown tinge.

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Congressional Chaplain Discusses Faith and Politics

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

A crowd of students gathered in Cushing Hall’s auditorium on March 20 to hear from Fr. Pat Conroy, S.J, the chaplain to the US House of Representatives. Fr. Conroy joked with the students before the start of the talk, asking where everyone was from. This Jesuit had connections in almost every part of the country—a theme explored in the rest of the lecture.

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Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, Sparks Conversation at BC

Photo: Olivia Colombo / The Torch
Photo: Olivia Colombo / The Torch

by Olivia Colombo

 

On Tuesday, March 19, Kristan Hawkins, the president of the pro-life organization Students for Life of America, gave a sold-out talk at BC, sponsored by the BC Pro-Life Club. The talk, entitled “Lies Feminists Tell,” gathered students from both sides of the abortion issue for a night of dialogue and debate.

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