Thursday, November 6, 2014

Press Conference Highlights Mount Angel Seminary Courses and Faculty

story by Frank Villanueva
photos by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

On Oct. 20 the journalism students held their second press conference of the semester.  Seminarian Chad Hill of the Archdiocese of Seattle spoke about the Performance Studies class, Paul Grandi from the Diocese of Tucson spoke about the Literature: Cultural Perspectives class, Fr. Peter Arteaga, MSpS, spoke about his mission trip to Alaska, and Fr. Ralph Recker, OSB, spoke about the upcoming pilgrimage to Israel.

“In our Performance Studies class the main focus of the class is to prepare the students for public speaking” Hill said.  The class includes skits and many other public speaking techniques.  The class will end with a mini-play that will bring together all the techniques learned in class.  Although the class requires no previous experience in acting or in theater, Chad did have some experience in theater that helped make his experience in class fun.

Chad Hill

Paul Grandi spoke about Ms. Kathy Akiyama’s Cultural Perspectives class.  “The main object [for the course is for the students to learn] strategies on how to read and approach a multi-cultural text” Grandi said.   Books read so far are The Piano Lesson, Bless Me Ultima, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and Christ in Concrete.  “These books give us a better understanding of what our future ministry will be in a multicultural parish” Grandi said.

Father Peter Arteaga

Father Ralph Recker

Fr. Peter Arteaga ministered to about 25 youth in Tanana, Alaska.  “The villagers don’t always have the opportunity to celebrate mass because of the shortage of priests in the area,” Arteaga said.  Fr. Peter spoke about doing a funeral for a protestant villager because there were no ministers available.  His most memorable time was teaching vacation bible school.

Fr. Ralph will be going on a pilgrimage to Israel from May 11-26, 2015.  The pilgrimage will include Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Calgary, and Galilee.   “This trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity to go where Jesus walked” Recker said.  Those students who are interested in going may have the opportunity to earn class credit.

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