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de Saisset Museum

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Bannan Institutes

Oct 30, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Learning Commons and Library, St. Clare Room

Catherine Wolff | Keeping the Faith: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience


The Roman Catholic philosopher, Charles Taylor, writes that the church must recognize the right of every Christian to exercise his or her judgment in applying the gospel message to moral or political circumstances, and to be included in the great conversation from which the authoritative sense of the faithful emerges.  This event will explore the challenges of maintaining a faithful conscience in the face of opposition from prevailing civil or religious authorities. Four contributing authors from Not Less Than Everything: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience from Joan of Arc to Oscar Romero, ed. Catherine Wolff will reflect on the impact of a significant hero of conscience within their lives, the world, and the church.  The panel will be introduced and facilitated by Catherine Wolff.

Catherine Wolff, editor, Not Less than Everything: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience, from Joan of Arc to Oscar Romero, is a fifth-generation Californian. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Art History and from the University of Michigan with an Art History and Museum Practice. After teaching and serving as an administrator at St. Rose Academy and Notre Dame High in Belmont for several years, she completed her M.S.W. at Syracuse University and was named Social Work Graduate of the Year for 1987. From 1999 to 2005, she was the Director of The Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Center for Community-Based Learning at Santa Clara University. From 2006 to 2009, she served as Director of Faith Formation at CCAS, during which time she earned her M.A. in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University.  Together with her husband, author Tobias Wolff, Catherine received the 2005 Archbishop Alemany Award for Christian Service, was named a 2008 Community Hero by Peninsula Interfaith Action, and received the 2009 Tierney Award for Service to the Community from CCAS.

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