SPOKANE, Wash. – Father C. Hightower, S.J., whom many students and alumni identify with most regarding Gonzaga University’s Jesuit character, will leave his post as director of University Ministry after being assigned as superior of the Jesuit Community in Sacramento, Calif. A goodbye party was held for him May 8 at the Crosby Student Center.
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University, concluding its 125th anniversary celebration, has formally approved plans to build a new University Center. Construction on the 167,726-square-foot, three-story facility is scheduled to begin this July.
Gonzaga’s Ortiz Named to Bishops’ National Review Board; GU Co-Sponsors ‘Critical Conversations’ Training
SPOKANE, Wash. – Fernando Ortiz, Ph.D., director of the Counseling Center at Gonzaga University, has been appointed to the National Review Board by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Board was established by the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” to collaborate with bishops to prevent sexual abuse of U.S. minors by persons in service of the Church.
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis announced the selection of Gonzaga University alumnus Rev. Michael Barber, S.J. to become the fifth Bishop of Oakland, Calif. Bishop-elect Barber will be ordained to the episcopate and installed as bishop on May 25 at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland. Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Alex J. Brunett will continue to lead the diocese until that date.
Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye (pronounced Geh-shay Toop-ten Pel-gay), Gonzaga University’s Global Scholar in Residence, will gift a Peace Pole to Gonzaga in a special installation and blessing ceremony that begins at 3 p.m., Monday, May 6 on the lawn behind College Hall.
On Saturday, April 20, Catherine Brown Tkacz, Ph.D. will present a lecture about the prayers that Gonzaga University founder Rev. Joseph Cataldo, S.J., composed and translated into the Nez Perce language. The lecture, titled “Nunim Pist: Prayers in Nez Perce,” is from 10 a.m.-noon at Bishop White Seminary (429 E. Sharp Ave.).
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Catholic Intellectual Tradition Project of the Gonzaga Faith and Reason Institute presents a series of lectures titled “Biology and the God of Abraham.” Explore the relationship between faith and science, particularly the Christian roots of modern science and the role Christians have played in scientific discovery.
Gonzaga University has been chosen to host the 2014 Opus Prize Foundation Award Ceremony and Process. One of the world’s major efforts to honor and support faith-based humanitarian work, the annual award includes a $1 million prize and two $100,000 runner-up honors to individuals whose work has yet to receive widespread recognition.
Richard R. Gaillardetz, the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College, will deliver Gonzaga University’s 37th annual Flannery Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. The lecture, titled “Vatican II: An Unfinished Building Site,” is free and open to the public.
Gonzaga University students will gather on campus to “Take Back the Night” Friday, March 1as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness regarding sexual violence on college campuses and in communities.