St. Elizabeth Seton Medal Lecture

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Katie M. Donovan

File Under: award, elizabeth seton award

Editor's note: Due to problems posting this issue to the web, this story is a little out of date, but we thought our readers would still enjoy it.

Many of you on campus have heard of the Elizabeth Seton Award. It’s that time of year again for a deserving individual to receive the medal. This year, that individual is Christine Firer Hinze.

The award was named in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the founder of the Sisters of Charity who started the college in 1920. Each year, it is given to a “distinguished” woman in the field of theology.

The lecture and medal presentation will be held on Oct. 16 in the chapel at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

According to Sister Marge Kloos, coordinator of this event, Firer Hinze is a Professor of Theology and Director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. Firer Hinze holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and a Master of Arts degree in theology from the Catholic University of America. Firer Hinze also holds a Ph.D. in Christian social ethics from the University of Chicago.

Firer Hinze’s teachings and research focus primarily on foundational and applied issues in Christian social ethics with a special emphasis on U.S. Catholic social thought, work justice, women and families. Kloos went on to say that Firer Hinze has had essays published in Theological Studies, The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, and Studies in Christian Ethics.

Firer Hinze was born in Chicago and raised in Detroit. She taught at St. Norbert College and Marquette University prior to her 2006 appointment at Fordham. Along with her husband Brad and two sons, she is a longtime participant in CLC, Ignatian Christian Life Communities, and is currently a member of Our Lady of Angels parish, Bronx, NY.

Firer Hinze will be giving a speech the evening of the award ceremony, titled, “In Pursuit of Our Common Good: Educating for Solidarity and Participation as Urgent Work for 21st Century Catholics.”

Sister Kloos feels it is very important to have talks such as these on a college campus.

She says, “Part of the significance of being a Catholic College is that we make available resources that further the mission of Jesus on earth. The best way to do that is to bring together people of all walks of life to talk about ideas that shape our modern world.”

Concerning what the speech might include, Sister Kloos says, “Dr. Firer Hinze is an expert in the area of justice and the common good as understood through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. Because our new core curriculum will ask students to think deeply and broadly about the common good, she has much to offer our campus community as we implement the new core curriculum.”

Sister Kloos goes on to say, “Pope Francis is very interested in having those of us associated with Catholic Colleges committed to learning about and making a preferential option for the poor. Dr. Firer Hinze will guide us toward a deeper understanding of why this preferential option for the poor is so important for our moment of history as the Church makes a renewed commitment to the common good and the mission of Jesus.”

Sister Kloos also hopes that attendance to the event will be high, especially with students, who she says are the “shapers and motivators of the future.”

We congratulate Dr. Firer Hinze on being selected for this special award.