Stephen Barr: Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict

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Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict

Thursday, October 24
7:00PM
Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall

Prof. Barr will argue that the supposed conflict between science and religion has really been a conflict between a philosophy called “scientific materialism” and religion and that it is largely based on certain misconceptions about Christian belief, an outdated view of scientific history, and a skewed interpretation of what science has actually discovered about the world. He will first explain certain basic theological ideas, then tell the story of the relation between Christianity and science, including some dramatic facts that are relatively little known, and conclude by discussing several discoveries of twentieth century physics that arguably are more consonant with the traditional religious view of the cosmos and of human beings than with materialist philosophy.

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Stephen Barr is Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Delaware. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from Princeton University in 1978. His physics research centers mainly on “grand unified theories” and the cosmology of the early universe. Prof. Barr has written extensively and lectured widely on the relation of science and religion. He is the founding president of the Society of Catholic Scientists, an international organization which started in the summer of 2016 and has grown to over 1,000 members in 38 countries. (www.catholicscientists.org).

This event is co-sponsored by the Corpus Christi Foundation, Campus Ministries, the Offices of Arts and Humanities and Natural and Applied Sciences, and the departments of Geological and Environmental Studies, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Social Sciences, Religion

Restorative Justice Conference: Radical Forgiveness

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Restorative Justice Conference: Radical Forgiveness

Saturday, October 19, 2019

9:00AM-3:00PM

Cathedral Square Center

Register

The conference originated three years ago, when students of the Calvin Prison Initiative (CPI) program at R. A. Handlon had the idea and the desire to reach out and create a space in which the public could learn about restorative justice practices. Each year, the students have partnered with a community organization who hosts the conference; Calvin University hosted in 2018 and the Saint Benedict Institute on the campus of Hope College hosted in 2017.

The 3rd Annual West Michigan Restorative Justice Conference is again organized by students in the Calvin Prison Initiative program at the R.A. Handlon Correctional facility, with a theme of Radical Forgiveness. Kate Grosmaire, author of Forgiving My Daughter's Killer: A True Story of Loss, Faith, and Unexpected Grace, will deliver the keynote address.  Eric Boldiszar, Handlon inmate and Calvin Prison Initiative student, alongside other CPI students, will also address conference attendees through a pre-recorded presentation.

This one-day FREE conference (registration required) will feature a variety of speakers and organizations from the State of Michigan that work in areas of restorative justice and criminal justice reform. The conference will be held on October 19, 2019 from 9AM-3PM at Cathedral Square.

Lunch will be provided at this event, and attendees will have time to visit booths of local organizations and non-profits, seeing how they contribute to restorative justice efforts in the state.

Join us on October 19th to explore how Radical Forgiveness is possible and restorative justice attainable for those effected by incarceration. And, how you can participate!

Our speakers include:
Nate Johnson of Fresh Coast Alliance

Officer Dan Myers of the Grand Rapids Police Department

Angie Sprank of the Michigan Department of Corrections Offender Success program

Kate Grosmaire, author of Forgiving my Daughter's Killer: A True Story of Loss Faith and Unexpected Grace,

Eric Boldiszar, Handlon inmate and Calvin Prison Initiative student, alongside other CPI students, will also address conference attendees through a pre-recorded presentation.

David O'Connor: Perilous Beauty: Tattoos, Redheads, and Tolkien

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Perilous Beauty: Tattoos, Redheads, and Tolkien

Monday, September 23
7:00PM
Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall

J.R.R. Tolkien reflected deeply, and in a distinctively Catholic way, on the power of beauty to enchant and corrupt. Why in The Lord of the Rings do Men so often fear the Elf Queen Galadriel as "perilous"? These perils of Elvish beauty are Tolkien's Catholic version of anxieties explored, for example, in Shakespeare's ambiguous portrait of the seductiveness of Cleopatra; in Herman Melville's fascination (in Moby Dick) with the exotic beauty of tattoos; and in the Pre-Raphaelite painters' obsession with stunning redheads. Tolkien's Catholic response to the problem of perilous beauty comes into sharper focus when we compare his art to these great predecessors.

David O’Connor is a faculty member in the departments of Philosophy and of Classics at the University of Notre Dame. His teaching and writing focus on ancient philosophy, aesthetics, ethics and politics, and philosophy of religion. Dr. O’Connor is an acclaimed teacher and lecturer. His online lectures on love and sexuality have reached a wide international audience, and are the basis of his two recent books, Love is Barefoot Philosophy (in Chinese translation, 2014) and Plato’s Bedroom: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love (2015). He has also published extensively on the relation between philosophy, art, and literature, in both the ancient and the modern world.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Arts and Humanities and the departments of: Art and art History, History, Philosophy, and Religion

Welcome Students!

Welcome to all Hope College students, faculty, and staff! We are excited that you are here and look forward to seeing you all on campus as we kick off another school year.

Who We Are

The work of the Saint Benedict Institute is centered around the intellectual and spiritual growth of Hope’s Catholic students. We are a ministry of St. Francis de Sales Parish.

The two people you are most likely to run into at Hope College are our Catholic chaplain, Fr. Nick Monco, and Carly McShane, our campus missionary. Learn more about the Saint Benedict Institute staff here.

There are also a large number of Catholic faculty and staff. Dr. Jared Ortiz and Dr. Jack Mulder are two of the professors who founded the Saint Benedict Institute.

Carly McShane, Campus Missionary

Carly McShane, Campus Missionary

Fr. Nick Monco, Chaplain

Fr. Nick Monco, Chaplain

Schedule of Services

This year, the first Mass on campus will be Sunday, August 25 at 5:00 p.m. in Winants Auditorium in Graves Hall. In addition to Sunday Mass, we will again be offering daily Mass, opportunities for confession, and adoration, all of which are open to the public beginning on Tuesday, August 27. See the schedule of services for times and more details below. You are also welcome to attend services at the local Catholic parish; see more information here.

(Times apply to the school year only.View the academic calendar.)

DAILY MASS

Schoon Chapel, Graves Hall

Monday - 12:00 p.m    

Tuesday - 11:00 a.m and 9:00 p.m   

Wednesday - 12:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Thursday - 11:00 a.m.  

Friday - 12:00 p.m.   

Saturday - 12:00 p.m.

SUNDAY MASS

5:00 p.m. (Rosary at 4:30)
Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall

CONFESSIONS

Tuesday/Wednesday - 8:00 p.m. Schoon Chapel

Thursday - 10:15-10:45 a.m. Lubbers 223

Friday - 11:15-11:45 a.m. Lubbers 223

By Appointment
nicholas.monco@saintbenedictinstitute.org

ADORATION

Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:00 p.m. Schoon Chapel, Graves Hall

Get Involved

Saint Benedict Institute campus ministers and staff have planned a variety of events both for students and the local community that will take place throughout the year. What’s the best way to get involved? Sign up to receive regular emails to find out about all of our events and activities. You can also see upcoming activities published on the calendar of events, or by following the Saint Benedict Institute on Facebook or Instagram.

Other opportunities to pursue on or off-campus:

  • Hope Catholics

  • Volunteer with St. Francis de Sales youth ministry (click here to learn more)

Student Stories: A Story of Conversion

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Student Stories: A Story of Conversion

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I grew up in a loving Protestant family, raised by parents who modeled Christ’s love to my sisters and I daily, taught me to love Jesus and to value my relationship with him, all while surrounded by a supportive church community. My experience in the Protestant church has been great and was a major part in my faith formation and spiritual growth.

However, in the past year or two the Protestant church has not been fulfilling some of the longings and desires that have been forming in my heart. I am a religion major at Hope, with a focus in Theology and Church History. Through the wise and patient guidance of Dr. Jared Ortiz, I began to study the traditions and history of the faith, and I began to fall in love with the Saints and the ways of the early Church Fathers. My heart burned to encounter God in the ways that holy people like Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Augustine, and Saint Theresa of Avila experienced our Savior. I wanted, and needed, a faith community that valued the teachings and wisdom that is stored in the bountiful treasury of the Christian tradition.

Throughout this process I was meeting weekly with Carly McShane, who displayed the spirituality of the Catholic faith to me in a way that I had never encountered it before, and she showed me how much that Catholic Church valued the traditions and Saints that I had been falling in love with. The more I learned about the Catholic Church, through Carly’s patient answering of my sometimes aggressive and defensive questioning, and the further I journeyed into my studies in Christian theology, the more I felt myself drawn to the beauty of the Tradition of the Church. But I was still very apprehensive on the teaching of the Eucharist - representation or re-presentation? All of the beautiful Saints that I adored valued the Eucharist above all else, why couldn’t I? That question kept me up at night.

These thoughts and feelings all came to a head when I attended Adoration for a class assignment, assigned by a Protestant professor. I sat in the presence of our Savior, and asked Him to reveal Himself to me, if this truly was Him fully, bodily present, if this was the way He wanted me to seek and worship Him. As soon as that prayer left my heart silent tears began to fall down my face and continued for the rest of Adoration. The Lord was faithful and after two years of wrestling I was assured in what was right and true. Afterwards I stayed and explained to Carly what I had experienced, and we hugged, cried, and rejoiced together.

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Since then my journey into the Church has been so supported and surrounded by love, especially from Carly, Dr. Ortiz, Fr. Nick, and fellow Hope Catholics, along with the many campus activities run by the Saint Benedict Institute. Spending a week with Benedictine monks on the trip to Saint Meinrad’s Archabbey solidified my love for the Tradition and teachings of the Catholic Church. I am so thankful for the wonderful community of Catholics that has taken root at Hope College, and I can’t wait to spend another year learning and growing in my faith, surrounded by my peers and incredible mentors.

 - Abby Nickles, 20’

Movie Showing: The Passion of the Christ

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The Passion of the Christ

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:00PM
Fried Hemenway Auditorium 
Martha Miller Center

The Hope College community is invited to join us on Wednesday, April 17at 6:00PMin Fried Hemenway Auditorium in the Martha Miller Center for a showing of The Passion of the Christ

The film depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Christ on the day of his crucifixion. This is a wonderful opportunity to enter more deeply into the final days of Lent as we prepare for Good Friday.

The showing is co-sponsored by Hope College Campus Ministries and the Saint Benedict Institute. 

Sunday School 2.0: the CCD You Wish You Had

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Sunday School 2.0: the CCD You Wish You Had

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Confession

March 31 and April 7 (Sundays)

6:00PM - 7:15PM

Graves 119

Current students are invited to join us for a two-week FREE dinner and class on Catholic doctrine and practice. This ain't your grade school CCD! Fr. Nick Monco O.P. will give instruction on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Confession.

Registration required. Seating limited.

Helen Alvaré: Work, Family, and the Sexual Revolution [VIDEO]

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Work, Family, and the Sexual Revolution: A Christian Feminist Take on Law and Culture Today

Thursday, March 7, 2019

7:00PM

Maas Auditorium (264 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI 49423)

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On Thursday, March 7, 2019 the Saint Benedict Institute and Hope College Markets and Morality hosted Helen Alvaré. She gave a talk on Work, Family, and the Sexual Revolution: A Christian Feminist Take on Law and Culture Today.

While U.S. family life, sexual mores,  and employment patterns have changed considerably over the last half century, law and public policy have not caught up. Furthermore, sometimes lawmakers send muddled, conflicting, or even pernicious messages. Individuals, families, communities, and churches and other private institutions need to take additional responsibility to assist families, especially children who are most hurt by these changes. But law and policy makers also need to step up to their responsibilities.

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Helen Alvaré is a Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. Her most recent book is Putting Children's Interests First in US Family Law and Policy: With Power Comes Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

This event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Religion and Political Science, the student group G.R.A.C.E.S. and the Hope College Cultural Affairs Committee.

Love, Sex, and Theology of the Body: A Saint Benedict Seminar for Men

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Love, Sex, and Theology of the Body

A Saint Benedict Seminar for Men

Friday, February 15

5:00PM - 7:00PM

DeWitt Herrick Room

The men of Hope College are invited to join us for Love, Sex, and Theology of the Body: A Saint Benedict Seminar for Men with Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P. Students only.

Pizza and drinks will be provided

Register here!

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Fr. Petri was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Madisonville, Kentucky. He initially studied to be a priest for the Diocese of Owensboro and entered Saint Meinrad College Seminary in 1996 before moving to the Pontifical College Josephinum in 1997 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He then received a Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Chicago in 2002. Entering the Order of Preachers in 2004, Fr. Petri was ordained a priest in 2009. He has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America. Prior to his appointment as Vice President and Academic Dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in 2013, Fr. Petri was an Assistant Professor of Theology at Providence College in Rhode Island. He is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics and is the secretary/treasurer of the Academy of Catholic Theology. He has published articles in Nova et Vetera and in The National Catholic Bioethics Quaraterly. He is also a contributor to Catholic News Agency and The National Catholic Register.  His book, Aquinas and the Theology of the Body: The Thomistic Foundations of John Paul II’s Anthropologywas published by CUA Press in 2016.

St. Valentine, Love, and Natural Family Planning: A Saint Benedict Seminar on Women's Health

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St. Valentine, Love, and Natural Family Planning

A Saint Benedict Seminar on Women’s Health

Kim Barrows on February 15 and 22; Carmelita LaPorte on March 1 (Fridays)

Cook Lounge

5:00PM - 7:00PM

The women of Hope College are invited to join us for a three-week seminar on Women’s Health: St. Valentine, Love, and Natural Family Planning. Students only.

Pizza and drinks will be provided!

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Dr. Kim Barrows has worked as a family medicine physician for over a decade, most recently in Omaha, NE. It was there at the Pope Paul VI Institute at Creighton University that she acquired specialty training in NaPro Technology, a women’s health science that networks family planning with reproductive and gynecological health monitoring and maintenance.

According to Dr. Barrows, the benefits of NaPro Technology span a variety of women’s health issues beyond the natural management of fertility: infertility, miscarriage, premature birth, post-partum depression, endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome, recurrent ovarian cysts, and more. Dr. Barrows is the mother of five children, a classical singer and enjoys waterskiing, and teaching children’s choirs and dance teams.

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Carmelita LaPorte is an active volunteer in the Holland/Zeeland area. She and her husband Joe have seven children. They both help to facilitate the marriage preparation program at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. She puts her education degree to good use by volunteering at Corpus Christi Catholic School. In the community, she is also a volunteer for the Ottawa County Police Department. Carmelita is passionate about guiding and accompanying people, particularly women, in authentically living out their vocations. She enjoys reading, coffee dates, real conversations, and meeting new friends.

Exodus 90

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Exodus 90

February 15, 2019 - May 25, 2019

The Exodus 90 program is built on the pillars of fellowship, prayer, and sacrifice.  It is for those who are looking to seriously live their faith, to encounter Christ in a new way, and to overcome sinful habits. The program is demanding and that is point.  To make room for Christ in our hearts requires clearing other things out.  If you register for this program please know that it is a serious commitment to a weekly group meeting, to daily accountability, at least 20 minutes of daily prayer and a serious regimen of ascetic practices.  If you are not interested then please do not sign up.  If you do then give it your all, knowing that Jesus will not be outdone in generosity.  Anyone is welcome to participate. 

The process to join has five steps:

Step 1: Read the this sheet on the structure and commitments involved in Exodus 90.  This is a rigorous program - please do not skip over this step and prayerful consider whether God is calling you to this at this time in your life.

Step 2: Complete this online registration form (5 minutes or less).

Step 3: Sign up for a particular group using one of the four links below.  Pay attention to when and where you group is meeting if the time is specified. If the meeting time is not specified then a doodle poll will be used to find a time.

Step 4: Download the GroupMe app for your iPhone or Android

Step 5: Attend out kick-off event on Thursday, February 14th in Dimnent Chapel at 11am.