Justin Schnebelen

 

Staff Writer

 

Justin is a freshman studying English and Communication, discerning life in law or as a priest, to name a couple. He spends an exorbitant amount of time playing guitar and listening to the greatest rock band ever—Pearl Jam. 

Wed

01

May

2019

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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Wed

27

Mar

2019

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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Thu

28

Feb

2019

Pilgrim’s Progress: St. Francis Chapel

by Justin Schnebelen

 

Pilgrim's Progress is a new feature highlighting sites of interest for Catholics in the Boston Area.

 

Long before Pope Francis urged Catholics to engage and serve the “peripheries” of society, the late Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, took a very similar sentiment to heart. For one must travel to the heart of Boston to stumble upon the gloriously humble nook where the St. Francis Chapel is lodged. Flanked by Ben & Jerry’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, one could have trouble identifying the space as a likely home for the Church. But that’s exactly how it was intended to be: “the heart of Christ in the heart of Boston.” The church is immersed in the bustle of daily life, where convention attendees, lawyers, baristas, and priests share a common space.

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Wed

30

Jan

2019

New York and Massachusetts Legislation to Expand Access to Abortion

Massachusetts State House
Massachusetts State House

by Justin Schnebelen

 

On the 46th anniversary of the watershed Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which declared access to abortion a fundamental women’s right, New York and Massachusetts brought forward legislation which expands abortion access and confidentiality.

 

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act, which expands pre-existing abortion access to 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, wholly unrestricted. The bill also extends the window for abortions in circumstances where there is an “absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” The language in the bill mimics that of legislature in states like Massachusetts, which also allows abortion up to 24 weeks. By that stage of pregnancy, an unborn child is usually viable outside the womb.

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Thu

24

Jan

2019

Boston College Students Join Hundreds of Thousands of Pro-Life Activists at March for Life

by Justin Schnebelen

 

As the final hour of January 17 waned, the day was just beginning—at least for the 32 Eagles from BC’s Students for Life club en route to the 46th March for Life in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

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Wed

12

Dec

2018

The Advent of Advent

by Justin Schnebelen

 

Christ’s awe-inspiring and apocalyptic depictions of His Second Coming which dot the beginning of our Advent readings often leave the Faithful with more questions than answers. In the same way, an inquiry into the history of Advent leaves one largely bereft of solid evidence and overrun by a heap of unanswered questions.

 

Nonetheless, this feast which marks the beginning of the Church year has roots in a fascinating number of locations, and their underlying purposes speak volumes to the significance of the season, as we know it.

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Wed

21

Nov

2018

Pride, Prejudice, and Discernment

by Justin Schnebelen

 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a great fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

 

Boston College Theatre Department’s performance of Pride and Prejudice, based off of Jane Austen’s original novel, and directed by John Houchin explored the truths encapsulated within the book’s aforementioned opening line, a line which also provides valuable insights into the endeavor of discernment. The play ran from November 15th through November 18th.

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Wed

21

Nov

2018

Lecture Addresses Genesis of Human Rights

by Justin Schnebelen

 

The employment of the idea of human rights has been woven into our country’s vernacular and legal code since Jefferson penned those now illustrious words which established our country’s independence. What is much less established, however, is the distinct point at which those rights begin.

 

 

On November 13, Dr. Sarah Byers, a member of Boston College’s Philosophy Department, outfitted the crowd gathered in Higgins Hall with both scientific and philosophical tools for answering that very question.

 

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Thu

01

Nov

2018

Talk Explores the Horizon of Faith Formation

by Justin Schnebelen

 

How, when the world is saying otherwise, are young, adolescent women and men to live in love?

 

At the Fourth Annual School of Theology and Ministry Religious Education Lecture on Thursday, October 18th, Theresa O’Keefe, Associate STM Professor, attempted to answer this question. She suggested that the answer is the key to actualizing a meaningful life in the Church’s adolescents.    

 

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

Fr James Martin Lectures on a Ministry of Revival and Love

by Justin Schnebelen

 

On Thursday September 21, hundreds jammed the at-capacity Robsham Theatre for the first annual Daniel Harrington, SJ Lecture. As a Church speaking heavyweight, Editor at Large of America Magazine, and recent author of Building a Bridge. Fr. James Martin took the stage for a much-anticipated reflection, based on the insights he gained as Harrington’s former pupil, especially Harrington’s years of ministry to all limbs of the Body of Christ.

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