Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action seeks to deepen appreciation among all constituents of the campus community for the beauty, wisdom, vitality and diversity of the Catholic tradition. The institute draws members from the entire College, including students, staff, administrators and faculty. We are looking forward to another year of engagement and dialogue with the campus community and service in whatever way we are called upon and able to provide.

We are privileged to have Bishop Cummins, emeritus head of the Oakland diocese, as an active participant at our monthly meetings. Recently the bishop, who is also an affiliated member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, addressed the institute with his hopes for the College's participation in celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Oakland and the Second Vatican Council. We at the institute are exploring ways to help the College connect these anniversaries with our own sesquicentennial celebrations.

We encourage readers to view copies of our journal, Veritas, online. The first edition of volume 4 of the journal will be posted during the last week of September. Printed copies are available upon request from Sally Jamison, coordinator of Mission, in Filippi Administration Building, room 212. You might also like to stop by in the institute's office in the same building, room 226, which is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The institute is helping to sponsor a number of events which we invite all to attend, including the Catholic Liturgical Arts Committee Conference, entitled "Sing a New Text," featuring noted liturgist and composer Bob Hurd, on Oct. 1, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Hagerty Lounge, and the Blessed John Henry Newman Symposium on Oct. 27, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Soda Center's Claeys Lounge.

We are also proud to bring to campus this fall Richard Yanikoski, Ph.D., as our Montini Fellow, who will speak on "Seven Constructive Tensions within Catholic Higher Education" during community time on Oct. 26. The lecture and discussion by Yanikoski, former president and CEO of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, will take place in Hagerty Lounge.

Pax et bonum,
Brother Charles Hilken,
Chair

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