Thursday, June 30, 2016
"Mercy in the Jewish Tradition"
Presented by Erin Maidan, Rabbi at Sons of Jacob Synagogue, Waterloo.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
“Mercy in the New Testament”
Presented by Fr. Robert Beck, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Loras College
Monday, July 11, 2016
“Mercy in the Post-Reformation Catholic and Protestant Traditions”
Presented by Charlotte Wells, Associate Professor of History at UNI
Thursday, July 21, 2016
“Mercy in Modern Papal Teaching/From John XXIII to Francis”
Presented by Fr. Jerry Kopacek, Spiritual Director at St. Pius X Seminary in Dubuque.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
“Mercy in the Eucharist” presented by Fr. Scott Bullock, Pastor of St. Edward Parish.
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About Our Presenters
Fr. Robert Beck is Professor Emeritus of Reglious Studies at Loras College in Dubuque. A native of Waterloo, Fr. Beck attended Loras College and Mt. St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque, the Ecole Biblique de Jerusalem and the Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1966 and served on the faculty of Aquinas Institute in Dubuque from 1973 to 1981. He is the author of several books and various pieces of music, including "Beck's Our Father" and a musical based on the Gospel of Mark. He writes a popular weekly column, "Sunday's Word", published by the Archdiocesan newspaper, "The Witness". Fr. Beck serves on the Archdiocesan Worship Commission and has been active in the Catholic Worker Movement in Dubuque. He has served as Chaplain at Mt. St. Francis Convent in Dubuque since 1998.
Fr. Scott Bullock is pastor of St. Edward Parish in Waterloo. Fr. Bullock graduated from the General Motors Institute with a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1985, after which he came to Iowa to attend Iowa State University. He received a Bachelor’s of Sacred Theology degree from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1990 and a License of Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in 1997. He has served as Associate Pastor at various parishes in the Archdiocese; he served as pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque and rector of St. Pius X Seminary at Loras College from 2011-2014. He also serves as Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Dubuque.
Fr. Jerry Kopacek is Spiritual Director at St. Pius Seminary in Dubuque. Fr. Kopacek has a BA in political science and history from Iowa State University and a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained to the priesthood in 1988. Fr. Kopacek has served on the faculty at Beckman High School, Dyersville and Newman High School, Mason City and served as associate pastor and pastor at various parishes in the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He served as pastor of St. Edward Parish, Waterloo from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2014.
Erin Maidan serves in a leadership role comparable to a rabbi at Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Waterloo. Maidan is a native of Waterloo and a graduate of West High School. Her grandparents, Josef and Sonia Maidan are Polish Jews who were interned in Nazi prison camps during World War II. Maidan attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin, an orthodix Jewish seminary for women in Israel. While studying in Israel, Maidan helped create the first international database of Theodor Herzl's writings for the Zionist Central Archives in Jerusalem and worked for the Israeli Knesset's Reparations Committee. She served for two terms on the synagogue board before being chosen for her present leadership role in the local Jewish community.
Dr. Charlotte Wells is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Wells received her doctorate in Early Modern European history (the Renaissance and Reformation) from Indiana University in 1990. She has published a variety of scholarly works on the political ideology of the Renaissance and Reformation and is currently interested in the role of Catholic-Protestant conflict in the beginnings of European settlement in North America. She has been a member of the University of Northern Iowa History Department since 1993. She worships at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center in Cedar Falls, where she teaches Church history in the RCIA.
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