Fall 2008

On Pilgrimage

October 2, 2008 |

In this personal journal, Theology Professor Gillian Ahlgren chronicles her journey to Assisi, Italy, as part of her study of the spirituality of St. Francis in June.

[Read Gillian Ahlgren’s journal, “On Pilgrimage.”]

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San Damiano, San Rufino: Bringing Lessons to Life

October 2, 2008 |

SAN DAMIANO During her sophomore year at Xavier, Lauren Myers went to a psychic with some friends from school. It was just for fun. The woman asked her a few questions then told Lauren, “There’s something missing, something off track … Read More

La Verna, Basilica: Bringing Lessons to Life

October 2, 2008 |

LA VERNA Inching her way out on the ledge, Margie Hardebeck steadies herself by the railing and gazes at the sacred rock. She’s standing on the precipice across from where Francis, just two years before he died, received the wounds … Read More

Bring Lessons to Life

October 2, 2008 |

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A symphony of birds escorts Margaret Horne along a cobbled path leading from the medieval stone walls of the ancient city of Assisi, Italy, down a green sloping hillside still wet from the morning dew. It’s … Read More

Choices We Make

October 2, 2008 |

We asked our scholars to examine the following areas to help us better understand why we choose our leaders.

Gender I Christine Anderson, chair, department of history At the time that women got the vote, everyone thought it would make a … Read More

St. Francis of Assisi

October 2, 2008 |

Francis was born in 1182 to a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, Italy,  who expected his son to work for him. His mother, Pica, named him Giovanni after John the Baptist, but Pietro di Bernardone called him Francesco after his beloved … Read More

Intimate Opera

October 1, 2008 |

Douglas Geers selected a powerful theme for his first opera: 9/11. The 1990 graduate with a double major in music and English is now a University of Minnesota professor and specialist in electronic music. He’s composed and recorded numerous musical … Read More

Profile: Patrick Duffy, Jr.

October 1, 2008 |

PATRICK DUFFY, JR. Bachelor of General Studies, 1985 Lay pastoral minister, Little Brothers of the Gospel of Charles de Foucauld, Managua, Nicaragua

Life Inside | “I’m called to live in the midst of and with the poor,” Duffy says. “It’s a … Read More

Profile: Suzanne Kathman

October 1, 2008 |

SUZANNE KATHMAN Bachelor of Arts, 1990 Executive director, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Cincinnati

Basic Questions | After graduating with a nursing degree in 1974, Kathman began a 21-year career in critical-care nursing. She spent the last 15 years in the open-heart intensive … Read More

Profile: Bill Fuchs

October 1, 2008 |

BILL FUCHS Bachelor of Science-Business Administration, 1970; Master of Health Administration, 1972 President of Group Operations, Catholic Healthcare West Phoenix

A Big Net | As head of Catholic Healthcare West’s regional operation in Arizona, Nevada, and the southern and middle portions … Read More