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The Siena Forum for Faith and Culture announced in NYC

Announcing the formation of The Siena Forum for Faith and Culture at The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena (411 East 68th Street, NYC). The Forum’s existence is the result of the leadership of Father Jordan Kelly, OP and myself, who feel deeply that The Siena Forum’s place in the life of the parish and NYC will offer opportunities for the serious engagement of faith and culture, and hopefully and God-willing, in the greater Church. The work of the Forum is rooted in the thinking of Pope Benedict XVI and the soon-to-be beatified Pope John Paul II, along with the intellectual tradition of Catholicism in general and the Order of Friars Preachers (the Dominican Order).
The Forum’s mission

The mission of The Siena Forum for Faith and Culture
seeks to critically examine and promote the rich diversity of the Catholic
faith and its practices that advance authentic human flourishing and its common
good. Our goal is to bridge the gap between faith and reason. The work of the
Forum is rooted in relationships among theology, art, culture, since,
education; the activities of the Forum include pastoral practice, leadership
development, talks, debates courses, seminars, publications, cultural events,
and exhibitions to help people integrate their faith in Jesus Christ as a
dynamic lived experience.


In the coming months and among others, Patrick Madrid and Mike Aquilina will be speaking at the Forum. Currently, the weekly gathering Communion and Liberation’s School of Community meet and organize periodic presentations.

When ice is involved… morning joys!

Temperatures still in the low 20s with rain hitting a freezing road coupled with people employing various degrees of prudence –and some have none– created this fine wintry scene in front of my house. Question: Is life better in St Kitts?

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Christian Courtship in an Oversexed World: A Guide for Catholics

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC is sponsoring a
Theology on Tap Event this Thursday… January 20, 2011 starting at 7:30pm
discussing the topic of


“Christian Courtship in an Oversexed World: A Guide for
Catholics.”

Location: At Cathedral Basilica of St. James Lower Church, Corner of Jay
Street & Cathedral Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201.


Father
Thomas G. Morrow is the featured speaker. Father Morrow is a priest of the
Archdiocese of Washington, DC; he earned the STD in moral theology from Pope
John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in 1999, the
co-founder of the St. Catherine Society and the St. Lawrence Society,
respectively for women and men seeking spiritual growth. Morrow is an assistant
priest at the Church of Saint Catherine Labouré, Wheaton, MD.

Geraldine Doyle –the face of Rosie the Riveter –We Can Do It ! RIP

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The face who inspired a famous image of American pop and feminist culture, Geraldine Doyle, 86, “Rosie the Riverter” died Sunday. The epigraph “We Can Do It!” is easily recognizable around the world.

The news can be read here.

Tom Jones’ Praise & Blame

Tom Jones.jpgSir Tom Jones, 70, the legendary Welsh born musician known for “She’s a Lady” and “Sex Bomb” released a new album that can’t be missed. Jones was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006. His July 2010 album “Praise and Blame”, his 36th album, is strongly influenced by the genres of gospel, rock, country, and the blues and it has received a critical review.

The music reviewer of the LA Times put Jones’ album in the top 5. For me, Jones has a great voice that needs to be savored.

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Some say that Sir Jones did his best work in recent decades with “Praise and Blame” and it as the singer’s “rebirth.” You can’t miss the remake of one of Bob Dylan’s songs, “Oh Mercy.”
“Praise and Blame” has gotten the attention of the media in Rome: watch a video clip on Tom Jones’s newest work.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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