Sister Damien Marie

Sister Damien Marie at the symposium with Dr. Christopher Baglow, left, Professor of Theology and Director of the Master of Arts Program in Theological Studies at Notre Dame Seminary. At right is Dr. John Cavadini, Director of the Institute for Church Life at University of Notre Dame and a professor of Theology. Dr. Cavadini and his staff organized the conference.

Sister Damien Marie
Symposium participants with Sister Damien Marie: (right) Bishop Liam Carey, Bishop of Baker (Oregon), a lay man from the Diocese of Baker, and a priest from New Mexico.

Sister represents Galveston-Houston Archdiocese at Notre Dame conference

HOUSTON, TX (03-04-2014) - Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D. was invited by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to be its representative at a recent symposium on "Pastoral Issues in Science and Human Dignity" held at the University of Notre Dame. The conference was co-sponsored by the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame, and the USCCB Committee on Doctrine.

According to the symposium website, "the purpose of the symposium is to help bishops and their diocesan educational officials explore some of the fundamental theoretical issues in the relationship between science and religion, and some of the practical issues that flow from the interaction between science and religion. It will also include special presentations in the University Planetarium (Notre Dame's Digital Visualization Theater) and on materials and methods available to diocesan, parish and school educators. The symposium is free of charge to each bishop and an educational official accompanying the bishop."

Sister Damien Marie is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Houston. She felt the program was excellent and offered the folowing comments: "Cardinal Ouellet in his keynote emphasized the importance for the New Evangelization of recovering metaphysics and teaching young people that their reason can be used, not just to understand material realities, but to reflect on non-material realities like the origin, purpose, and meaning of life. Cardinal Wuerl was also present for the entire conference and addressed the group one evening. Someone said there were 50 bishops present from around the country. All of the speakers, both scientists and theologians, commented on how central the dialogue between faith and science will be for the New Evangelization. At the end of the conference, Dr. Cavadini announced a new initiative at Notre Dame, funded by a grant from the Templeton Foundation, to train high school science and theology teachers in curricula for teaching faith and science in Catholic schools."