Thank You Pope Benedict for the Extraordinary Form Mass

The wild and mysterious ways of God cause a lifetime of wonder. Had you told me ten years ago that I would be serving a Tridentine Mass on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville the day before the Pope who “reopened” the Missal of 1962 stepped down from the papacy, I would have given you a very strange look indeed. First for suggesting that I, a life-long traditionalist, w... More

Thoughts on Franciscan University reactions to Pope Benedict’s resignation.

As I’ve mentioned in this space a number of times, I work at Franciscan University of Steubenville, a hub of Catholic intellectual life and spiritual renewal for so many worldwide. So the reactions to this morning’s announcement have been many and interesting. Starting with the humorous and moving quickly to the serious. In case you hadn’t heard, and purely for context, we announ... More

“Only at Franciscan” (And, I’m sure, a few other schools)

Finnegan Fieldhouse on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Just a simple post about a few episodes that sort of epitomize the experience of being on campus at Franciscan University. Naturally you’ll overhear conversations about philosophy, theology, and morality in random groups around campus on occasion, but these few were a little different because of where they happened: ... More

“Evil will retreat if enough of us stand up and say, ‘ENOUGH!’”

Father Terence Henry, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, got more than one spontaneous ovation during this stirring homily regarding a Catholic’s (really, every Christian’s) duty to be a witness for Christ during the “interesting times” in which we find ourselves. In sum, to quote Chesterton (it is Father Henry), “You can no more have a private ... More

Steubenville Cross-in-the-Logo Fight Continues, May Expand.

The city of Steubenville logo, as adopted in December 2011 “Victory”! The militantly secularist group declared on their website (no, I’m not naming them or linking to them—I will not help with their SEO). They had pressured the city of Steubenville to agree in principle to remove the cross and steeple that represents Franciscan University of Steubenville (my employer) from ... More

(City of) Steubenville Yields to Militant Secularists

I work at Franciscan University of Steubenville. I am open about this. But what I write here is entirely my opinion and does not reflect the official position of the University in any manner. That you can find here. The city of Steubenville logo, as adopted in December 2011 Now my two cents: The city of Steubenville adopted a new logo in December which included a Revolutionary War soldier and the ... More

Loving the Youth to Christ

The Catholic Church in the United States embarks this weekend on a Fortnight for Freedom. Two weeks of prayer, education, fasting, and activism to promote and defend religious liberty for ourselves and the future of this great nation. This weekend also holds the second weekend of Franciscan University of Steubenville Youth Conferences. More than 5,000 youth and their chaperones will gather in thre... More

No, you can’t keep it: Franciscan University drops student coverage.

Author’s note: After a discussion in the comments and investigation on my part I have added a postscript clarifying something that may have been inaccurate but was not. Cheers. ———- “If you like your health care coverage you can keep it. ” In various phrasings this was one of the more oft-repeated reasons  we were given to support, or at least not to oppose, Ob... More

The Importance of Living Your Faith In the Workplace. (Lookin’ at YOU Sec. Sebelius)

“I see our work as sort of a subset of our vocations—it’s not the essence of our vocations, but it’s part of what we do as our calling.” Thus says Kevin Lowry, author of Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck, and a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. This is a really good interview, touching on the importance of bringing virtue into the wor... More

Catholic Universities Matched Up in Rugby Semi-final

The Barons of Franciscan University, central region champions, are ranked number 1 in the country heading into this weekend's final four tourney. (Photo: Franciscan University Athletics) This coming Saturday, April 28, in “Rugbytown, USA,” the rugby teams from Franciscan University of Steubenville and Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, will clash in the semi-final ro... More

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