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Fridays at Westchester Lecture Series
"What the Middle Ages can Teach Us about the Sexual Abuse Scandal"

Dr. C. Colt Anderson
Dean, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
Friday, 13 September 2013 | 11:00a.m. – 1:00pm

Fordham Westchester Campus
400 Westchester Ave
West Harrison NY

Room 116

Admission is free!

Lunch to be included.

For more information contact Jodi Hunt at 718 817-4800 or 



C. Colt Anderson, Ph.D., is Dean of the Graduate School of Religion at Fordham University. A church historian and theologian, his research focuses on the intersection between three areas of concern: the communication of the Gospel (evangelization), how to reform the church, and the importance of an eschatological perspective for Christian life. His publications have concentrated on ways to heal the growing divisions among members of the Catholic Church by drawing upon models of leadership from historical figures such as Gregory the Great, Peter Damian, Bernard of Clairvaux, Bonaventure, and others. Professor Anderson has focused his research on the origins of the Franciscan movement as a means to understand the important development of lay ministry in the Church. He lectures nationally on issues related to spirituality, ecclesial reform, and evangelization. After spending several years as a scriptwriter and film producer, he has tried to find ways to recover the proper place of narrative in theology as a means to communicate the Catholic tradition to contemporary people. 

Thursday February 28, 2013 6:00-8:00pm 

Chaplaincy Today: A Profession and Ministry
Dr.David Lichter. Executive Director NACC 
focusing on the vocation of chaplaincy and the manner in which this can be achieved. There would be a presentation. Time for Q & A and discussion will follow the presentationafterward .
• Open to all interested parties- i.e. our current students, members of NACC, undergrad students-in particular Theology dept, Education? Campus Ministry etc.
Fee:  Free and open to all

Friday March 1. 2013 9:30am to 4:00pm 

Reflecting in the Aftermath:
The Ministry of Spiritual Care for Trauma Victims and Spiritual Care for the Self 

Keynote Address 
Reflecting in the aftermath: the mystery of personal trauma and professional care-giving"
Rabbi Stephan Roberts

Afternoon sessions

"Trauma and Spirituality: Clinical and Research Perspectives on Healing"
Drs. Lisa Cataldo & MaryBethWerdel 

"Making sense of Evil?" 
Dr. C.Colt Anderson, Dean, Fordham Graduate School of Relgion & Religious Education 

O'Keefe Commons, O'Hare Hall, Rose Hill Campus, Bronx NY

5 CEU's will be awarded

Fee: $50 General Public ($25 for Fordham University students and alumni)

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PDF Flyer of Reflecting in the Aftermath

Dr. David Lichter, D. MIN.
As Executive Director, David is the representative of the Board of Directors in the management of the Corporation pursuant to the Constitution and Bylaws and in accordance with its mission, vision and values. He is directly accountable to the Board of Directors in the implementation of the strategic plan and overall management of the corporation. He provides leadership, strategic visioning, and guidance of NACC activities, and also represents the NACC to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, professional chaplain organizations, and other community agencies. 

Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts,
MBA, MHL, BCJC, has taught and written extensively on pastoral and spiritual care. He edited Professional Spiritual Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook (SkyLights Paths), and was co-editor of Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy (SkyLight Paths); a contributor to Jewish Pastoral Care, 2nd Edition: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources (Jewish Lights); a past president of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains; and a former associate executive vice president of the New York Rabbis overseeing the Jack D. Weiler Chaplaincy Program, which employs chaplains in over fifty health care facilities. He is also chairman emeritus and a founder of Disaster Chaplaincy Services, Inc., a partnership program within the American Red Cross in Greater New York. 

Dr. C. Colt Anderson, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE),
Anderson began his tenure as Dean in July 2012 after serving as vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Washington Theological Union (WTU) in Washington, D.C., since 2008. He has a deep commitment to the Catholic, Jesuit, and ecumenical mission of Fordham University. Before transitioning to administration at WTU, Dr. Anderson taught in higher education for more than a decade. He began his academic career at the University of Georgia as an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies. He held the rank of associate professor in the History Department at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary,At Washington Theological Union, he was associate professor in the Spirituality Department, where he taught graduate courses in medieval spirituality, systematic theology, and Catholic social teaching. He has authored several books, including The Great Catholic Reformers: From Gregory the Great to Dorothy Day (Paulist Press, 2007) and Christian Eloquence: Contemporary Doctrinal Preaching (Hillenbrand, 2004).. Dr. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree with honors in philosophy and his master’s degree in religious studies from the University of Georgia, and his doctorate in religious studies from Marquette University.

Lisa Cataldo, M.Div., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Educationat Fordham University. She coordinates the clinical placement program and teaches courses in Clinical Integration, Psychology and Religion, Professional Ethics, Clinical Diagnosis, and Self and Other: Race, Culture and Gender. Lisa did her undergraduate work at Brown University, and received an MBA from Columbia University. She worked in realestate investment banking for several years before attending Union Theological Seminary in New York, where she completed the Master of Divinity and Ph.D., specializing in Psychology and Religion. 

Dr. MaryBeth Werdel, Ph.D. 
 Assistant Professor at Fordham University. She earned her PhD from Loyola University Maryland. She writes and lectures on relationships between posttraumatic growth and both positive and negative aspects if spirituality. Dr. Werdel is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland and most recently worked as a family therapist with primarily Spanish-speaking immigrant from El Salvador and Mexico.


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