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Catholic Social Teaching and The Maidan Revolution of Dignity: The Case of Ukraine  

confessing at maidan The Department of Catholic Studies & Slavic Club proudly present "Catholic Social Teaching & The Maidan Revolution of Dignity, The Case of Ukraine" on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in Fahy Hall, Room 236.

Ukrainian food will be served and all are welcome to attend.

About the Lecture
In his lecture, Professor Marko will consider how the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching, articulated in papal encyclicals, enumerated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and creatively present in the work of Venerable Servant of God Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and the Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ Our Pascha can contribute to the development of vibrant civil society in post Maidan Ukraine. It will be argued that the experience of solidarity that the Maidan revolution symbolized has much to offer the West. Civil society in the West is based so often on shared interests, often economic, rather than values which the Maidan Revolution offers such as community, self-sacrifice, interreligious dialogue, conversion, social activism, human dignity, and non-violent resistance in pursuit of the common good. The question of whether or not solidarity that was so experienced can continue to develop in a post Maidan period will be explored with special attention to the role of religion, especially the teachings and life of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

About the Speaker
Dr. Robert Marko was raised in the steel valley of Western Pennsylvania, who chairs and serves as professor of theology at Aquinas College. He has published in both scholarly and popular journals primarily in Catholic social teaching. A strong advocate of the gift of Eastern Christianity to the West, Professor Marko has taught Eastern social ethics at the Metropolitan Sheptytsky Institute of St. Paul University, Ottawa in summer 2004. He has served as a US Fulbright Scholar at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L'viv, Ukraine in both fall 2008 and fall 2015.

About the Department of Catholic Studies
Established in 2012-- the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II -- the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, America's oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton Hall's Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is the Church's encounter and dialogue with society or the Church in the world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture, humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor's degree in Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree -a major that enhances every other major.

Contact Dr. Ines A. Murzaku, Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies, or at (973) 275-5845 and build your individually customized curriculum today.

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  • Gloria Aroneo
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