Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Journalism Course Underway

The fall journalism course at Mount Angel Seminary began earlier this week.  Each of the students is taking part in a short online course entitled "The Language of the Image" to learn more about photography as they begin their work.  They are also beginning one of the texts for the course, The Elements of Journalism.

Fall 2012 journalism class: Luis Nunez and Peter Lawongkerd (back row); Raul Barriga and instructor Sister Hilda Kleiman (front row).

Keep an eye on our blog for more extensive profiles of each of our journalism students, and feel free to contact them with story ideas for their work this semester.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mass and Inaugural Lecture

This morning Mount Angel Seminary opened the 2012-2013 academic year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit and the annual Inaugural Lecture.

The Mass of the Holy Spirit was held in the Abbey Church and was attended by the students, faculty, and staff of the seminary, as well as a number of friends and supporters of the seminary.  The presider and homilist was Fr. Joseph Betschart, the president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary.  He urged all of the students to seek God through their studies in the coming year.

The Inaugural Lecture was given by Dr. Owen F. Cummings, the Regents Chair of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary.  His topic was "Vatican II at Fifty" because this fall marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening session of the Second Vatican Council in 1962.

In his lecture, Dr. Cummings explained that Blessed John XXIII called and opened the council with a spirit of optimism.  He explained the council was preceded by decades of new movements and study in theology, liturgy, Scripture, and ecumenism.

Dr. Cummings suggested that when we read the documents of the Second Vatican Council, we begin with those on revelation and the liturgy, "Dei Verbum" and "Sacrosanctum Concilium."  Doing so reflects the communion ecclesiology that is the core of the academic curriculum of Mount Angel Seminary.

Finally, Dr. Cummings addressed how we can live the council today.  Each of us, he explained, can commit ourselves to reading the four constitutions of the Second Vatican Council and to a personal performance of communion ecclesiology in each of our lives and circumstances.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fall 2012 Course Syllabus

The revised syllabus for the 2012 journalism course at Mount Angel Seminary is now available on our journalism blog under the tab "Journalism Course."  You will find all of the reporting, photography, and other activities we will pursue over the semester.

For more information about the course and helping to the spread the news about Mount Angel Seminary, contact Sister Hilda at