Little Sisters of the Poor to receive Evangelium Vitae Medal

first_imgMother Loraine Marie Maguire and the Little Sisters of the Poor will receive the 2016 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal in the spring, the University announced in a press release Oct. 5. The award honors individuals who have supported and advanced the pro-life movement. O. Carter Snead, the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, stated in the press release that the work and witness of the Little Sisters of the Poor “embody the goods at the heart of the Evangelium Vitae Medal. Their unwavering defense of the unborn in the HHS mandate litigation alongside their longstanding work to care for the elderly poor offers a beautiful and powerful witness to the unique, inviolable dignity of every person, from conception to natural death. Their work is a testament to the radical solidarity and hospitality at the core of the Gospel of Life.”The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international organization of women religious whose mission is to assist the elderly poor. The congregation operates in 31 countries and includes 30 homes in the United States. These homes support more than 13,000 low-income seniors by providing health care and assisted living services. “In 2012, led by Mother Loraine, the Little Sisters of the Poor became the face of religious nonprofit organizations struggling against a federal mandate to facilitate access to contraceptives and drugs that, according to FDA labeling, may function by causing the death of newly conceived human beings,” the press release stated. According to the press release, the Evangelium Vitae Medal consists of a specially commissioned medal and $10,000 prize, which will be presented at a banquet that will be held on Notre Dame’s campus in April.Tags: Center for Ethics and Culture, Evangelium Vitae Medal, religious libertylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s board of trustees, Sisters of the Holy Cross compete in volleyball match

first_imgIt’s not often that nuns and trustees face off in a volleyball match. Nevertheless, that was the case Thursday night when the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees challenged the Sisters of the Holy Cross to a rematch for the second annual Sisters vs. Board volleyball match. The Sisters took the victory in three sets. The campus event started with a special picnic dinner in the dining hall, fans who arrived early received free thunder sticks and there was a table for face painting.First year Mary Blake said she enjoyed game because it benefited benefited a great cause.“I thought it was really neat to see the board and the nuns play volleyball,” she said “It just sounded like something fun and it was for a good cause, which is important.”Vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson said she was excited to watch the game and rooting for the nuns.“I couldn’t wait to see the Sisters beat the Board of Trustees,” she said.First-year Madison Kaple said she attended because she anticipated the event would be noteworthy and was being held to benefit a worthy cause.“I thought it would be entertaining and I wanted to donate to the cause so I bought a rally towel,” she said.Sister Patricia Riley came to the game to cheer on her fellow sisters.“I am here to support the sisters who are playing,” she said.Johnson emphasized the community-building aspect of the event, noting that many different groups of people were drawn to spectate the match.“It brings in all kind of people, faculty, students, staff, alums, parents [and] families together just to have fun and watch this competition,” she said.Kaple said the event helped bring the community together.“I think it is a great way to bring people together and to see who is on the Board of Trustees and see familiar faces among the Sisters,” she said.Apparel items were available for purchase — rally towels and shirts were sold prior to the match with the proceeds going to support the Sisters’ worldwide missions.Blake said that she believes that Saint Mary’s has a duty to support the Sisters.“The Holy Cross sisters founded our school so I think the school has an obligation to support them and their missions,” Blake said.Tags: Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Volleyballlast_img read more

Annual Aquinas lecture explores duality of interpretations of God

first_imgThursday evening, Dr. Eleonore Stump of Saint Louis University gave the annual Joyce McMahon Hank Aquinas Lecture. Her speech, “The God of the Bible and the God of the Philosophers,” aimed to reconcile the duality seen in the writings of Thomas Aquinas. Katelyn Valley | The Observer Dr. Eleonore Stump presents the annual Joyce McMahon Hank Aquinas lecture Thursday evening at Saint Mary’s. The lecture explored the duality of interpretations of the nature of God, from both a traditional and personable perspective.Stump said that she feels the God of philosophers tends to reflect a view of classical theism, while the God seen in the Hebrew Bible is more human. As an example of this humanistic interpretation of God, she said to turn to the mercy present in the the story of Jonah.“[The Hebrew Bible is] so present to human beings that they know God and they can relate to God in highly personal ways,” Stump said. “You might say that the God portrayed in the Hebrew Bible is very human.”In contrast, Stump said she sees the God of philosophers to be “simple, immutable and eternal,” Stump said these qualities directly contradict the qualities of the God seen in the Hebrew Bible.“The claim that God is immutable has seemed to many philosophers and theologians that God cannot be responsive to human beings … and an immutable God cannot be affected by prayer,” Stump said.Stump’s exploration of “an immutable God,” continued when she said that he must exist outside the boundaries of time, rather than within them.“An eternal God does not exist within time but outside of it,” she said. “An eternal, immutable God cannot do anything after something happens in time. But, such a God can certainly act because something that happens in time.”Stump said she sees the classical view of God being eternal as “something that is outside of time and cannot interact with something inside of time.”“An eternal God cannot engage personally with someone like God is with Jonah in that story,” she said.Stump said she feels Aquinas would respond to the idea of an eternal God by acknowledging that God exists outside of time, but does also interact with people in the present.“Eternity is a mode of existence characterized by the absence of succession and by limitless duration,” Stump said. “God’s life consists in the duration for a present that is not limited by either future or past.”Stump said many argue God’s simplicity in the traditional viewpoint is not compatible with the more human-like interpretations of God.“No human being can know a simple God,” she said. “God is being itself and not a being.”However, Stump also said she believes responsiveness and simplicity do not exist completely separate of each other.“God has free will and creates the world freely, but God does what God does,” Stump said. “It is also the case that God’s simplicity does not by itself rule out God’s responsiveness.”Stump said she wrestles with two questions that address the duality of these Gods.“How is it possible that these [Aquinas and Augustine] and other great thinkers could believe in the God of the Hebrew Bible? And, is it at all possible that the God of classical theism can be the same as the Hebrew Bible,” she said.Stump also said the God of the Hebrew Bible is almost unrecognizable in classical theism.“The God of the Bible looks nothing like the God of classical theism,” Stump said. “How could the God that was so present and attentive to Jonah be the same simple, immutable and eternal God of classical theism?”Stump then said that Aquinas believed the personable God seen in the Hebrew Bible is not in opposition to the God of classical theism, but rather the two interpretations of God are one in the same.“Thomas [Aquinas] accepts both the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the ideas of classical theism,” Stump said. “He believes that simplicity, immutability and eternity are not inconsistent with the Holy Spirit.”Tags: aquinas lecture, Eleonore Stump, Joyce McMahon Hank Aquinas Lecture, Thomas Aquinaslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s Campus Cursive club spreads “love letters” to campus

first_imgOver the summer, Saint Mary’s seniors Katie Franz and Katie Shaffer began collecting stationary. Their goal? To begin leaving handwritten “love letters” for students to find throughout campus.The letters are a part of a new club called Campus Cursive. The group stems from a larger organization called More Love Letters that allows students to start a chapter of this project at their own school. After being approved by the College and the More Love Letters company, Franz and Shaffer began their mission to promote kindness and positivity within the lives of students through the club. Franz and Shaffer said as seniors, they want to positively impact Saint Mary’s before graduating. As roommates last year, Franz and Shaffer said they used to write “little love notes” to each other throughout the school year. This experience of exchanging words of affirmation inspired them to bring Saint Mary’s its own chapter of Campus Cursive. Franz added that this club complements her major in education. “The creativity in writing letters is really exciting,” she said. “I hope to carry this over into a classroom setting one day. There has been a significant increase in bullying and violence in schools, and that’s a huge problem. I know that if I do this with my kids one day it will bring kindness into schools.”Similarly, Shaffer said the Campus Cursive chapter enriches her major in psychology. “I am a psychology major so I’m all about mental health,” she said. “It’s good for people to write letters and also be helping someone else. Mental health is something that is being talked about more frequently, and a small act can really impact one’s day when they are going through a rough time.”The More Love Letters movement began with the desire of one college student to spread more love throughout New York City by writing anonymous, kind letters, Franz said. This one student’s vision transformed into a movement, and the More Love Letters company was born. According to the organization’s website, over 250,000 love letters have been bundled into an envelope and delivered to “people in need.” In addition, over 100 campuses have a chapter of their own.Franz and Shaffer are planning to hold Campus Cursive meetings every other week. The two said the meetings are designed to be “stress free” and comprised of writing letters. They are also planning on holding other events throughout the semester, including writing letters to first-year students and leaving letters at Notre Dame on game days when a large amount of people are on campus. “I think one thing I’m most excited about is the community of girls who will be super passionate about this work,” Franz said.The Saint Mary’s chapter of Campus Cursive is open to students at Notre Dame and Holy Cross as well. Franz and Shaffer said no cursive handwriting is necessary for participation in this club. Students can follow @smccampuscursive on Instagram to stay updated on this club’s activities within the community.Tags: Campus Cursive club, letter writing, More Love Letterslast_img read more

Chautauqua County Health Officials Give Coronavirus Update

first_imgMGN ImageMAYVILLE – Officials in Chautauqua County released an update on the status of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in our area Friday night.Christine Schuyler, the director of Health and Human Services, released the following:I’d like to take a moment to address some of the recent developments surrounding the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The health and well-being of Chautauqua County residents is our utmost priority.  While there is need for concern and preparedness; there is no need for panic.There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County.  We have two (2) persons in Precautionary Quarantine. One of them met criteria to be tested for COVID-19 and we are awaiting those results. From what we know, COVID-19 appears to be especially targeting those age 65 or older; those with underlying health conditions such as heart, lung, kidney, neurologic, or liver disease or diabetes; those with compromised immune systems; and pregnant women.  Anyone in these high risk categories should be extra vigilant about respiratory and hand hygiene and avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.Please stay home if you are ill and avoid others.  If you have a fever and worsening symptoms of respiratory illness such cough and difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for advisement. Your healthcare provider should do an initial screening over the phone and determine if you need to be evaluated. At the time of evaluation, you will be provided with a mask before you enter the office and your healthcare provider should test for common respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.  If your healthcare provider feels that you require further testing for COVID-19, he/she will consult with staff here at the Local Health Department to make that determination. There are no special COVID-19 testing kits.  Specimen collection consists of swabbing your nose and mouth and inserting those swabs in a special media for transport to a laboratory.  As of today, those specimens are then taken to the Erie County Public Health Lab in Buffalo by our Local Health Department staff.Chautauqua County’s response to this pandemic involves phasing in a series of actions to help slow the spread of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 so that our health care system is not overburdened. These actions first include personal protective measures for everyday use (staying home when ill, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands often) and frequent and thorough environmental cleaning. From there, we move to community mitigation strategies.  Here we have started with social distancing measures which can reduce the spread of a virus by decreasing the frequency and duration of social contact among persons of all ages. These measures are common-sense approaches to limiting face-to-face contact which reduces person-to-person transmission of disease. This is why public gatherings with 500 or more participants are not permitted at this time, occupancy of certain other venues is now reduced by 50% (New York has issued more specific guidance), and nursing homes are not allowing visitors.   Schools in Chautauqua County have received recommendations to forego field trips, school events where more than 50 members of the public will attend, and school wide assemblies.Because this situation is changing continuously, public health strategies will also change.  As we evolve into the community spread phase of pandemic, mitigation strategies will also increase. We are all in this together – thank you. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chautauqua County Board Of Elections To Certify Primary Results Thursday

first_imgImage by AD Simko/WNYNewsNow.MAYVILLE — Returned absentee and affidavit ballots from the June 23 primary elections will be counted and added to election night totals this week.Election Commissioners Norman Green and Brian Abram report 5,431 Democratic Presidential Primary absentees were mailed out and 4,276 have been returned, with an additional forty-four affidavit ballots.Election Day returns found 1,351 voters had ballots scanned at the polls. A percentage total of 23 percent of Democrats voted and of that total, 75 percent of all Democrats voting cast their ballots from home. Democratic absentee/affidavit ballots were opened Wednesday following confirmation from the NYS Board of Elections that no voters transferred their voter registrations to another county. Once totaled, the votes will be certified and sent to the state to add to statewide and congressional district totals.A total of 341 Busti Town Republican absentees were mailed out and 268 have been returned, with an additional two affidavit ballots. Election Day returns found 278 voters had ballots scanned at the polls. A total of 25 percent of Republicans voted and, of that total,  49 percent of Busti Republicans cast ballots from home. Republican absentee/affidavit ballots will be opened at 9 a.m. Thursday, and a winner of the Busti Republican Town Council Primary will be determined. There were 19 Libertarian State Committee absentee ballots mailed out for a western New York 8th Judicial District run off to determine area leadership for the party. A total of eight ballots have been returned, with an additional two affidavit ballots. Libertarian absentee/affidavit ballots will be opened at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.“We will be counting about 5,300 absentee and affidavit ballots using our high speed absentee ballot counter this week for the primary,” said Abram. “Our paperwork will be completed for this election on Thursday.”“We received plenty of absentee counting practice earlier this month when we counted over 15,000 school election ballots for eleven county school districts. The remaining seven school districts hand counted,” added Green.Final totals will be available at the immediately following the tabulations. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ready for Her Close-Up! Broadway Vets Jenifer Lewis & Debbie Allen Team Up for Sunset Boulevard Homage

first_imgI am big—It’s the pictures that got small! Broadway vet Jenifer Lewis and Tony nominee Debbie Allen are joining forces for a Sunset Boulevard campy takeoff entitled Ventura Boulevard, according to IndieWire. Written by Mark Alton Brown and Dee LaDuke, Ventura Boulevard will be directed by Allen, executive produced by Lewis and feature a score by Tony winner Marc Shaiman. Ventura Boulevard will be a darkly comedic tribute to the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, starring Lewis as a self-deluded queen of 1970’s blaxpoitation movies who uses her guile, money and sex to manipulate a young white scriptwriter into creating her comeback part. “I am taking things into my own hands by producing Ventura Boulevard,” said Lewis. “The Hollywood establishment isn’t going to finance a movie about a middle-aged African-American diva who deceives and beds a young white man.” She last appeared on Broadway in Hairspray as Motormouth Maybelle. Her other Broadway credits include include Comin’ Uptown, Eubie! and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The First 5,000 Years. Notable film and TV credits include Jackie’s Back (written by Brown and LaDuke), Meet the Browns, The Princess and the Frog, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Sister Act. View Comments Allen is best known for playing Lydia Grant on TV’s Fame, a role which earner her three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe. She most recently directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway in 2008. As a Broadway performer, Allen has received two Tony nominations for Sweet Charity and West Side Story. Her other Broadway credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Raisin, Purlie and Truckload. She also choreographed the legendary flop musical version of Carrie. Need some inspiration to get excited about this film? Check out this trailer for Lewis’ cult mockumentary Jackie’s Back from the same screenwriting team, about a 60’s diva making a comeback. The brilliant comedy features a bevy of celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Curry, Loretta Devine, David Hyde Pierce, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Diahann Carroll, Rosie O’Donnell and more!last_img read more

Les Miz Star Caissie Levy Dreams Up Fantasy Dates with Former Fantines!

first_img ANNE HATHAWAY (2012 film) Fantine I’d Love to Sing a Duet With “Can this be arranged? She’s a remarkable talent and a big supporter of live theater. Sir Cameron, are you reading this? :)” Caissie Levy is living the dream: She gets to sell her hair, sob her eyes out and [SPOILER ALERT for the two people on earth who have never seen the musical] die eight times a week in the new Broadway revival of Les Miserables at the Imperial Theatre. But Levy isn’t the first actress to have the honor of dying a tragic death as tortured mother Fantine in the hit musical. Below, she highlights a few of the lovely ladies who have played Fantine in productions gone by, and dreams a dream of what it would be like to do drink shots, take road trips and play truth or dare with them. Have fun, Fantines—but watch out for those thunder-voiced, nocturnal tigers! LAUREN KENNEDY (2002 B’way cast) Fantine I Want to Bring on a Road Trip “But only if she’ll let us play her debut album, Songs of Jason Robert Brown on repeat. ‘Cause it’s amazing.” Les Miserables RANDY GRAFF (original 1987 B’way cast) Fantine I Want to Do Lunch With “Actually, while auditioning for Fantine, Randy and I were doing a reading together, and she played my mother-in-law. I had to suppress my fangirl-ness the entire week! I think she’s a genius on stage and off, and I admire her greatly.” PATTI LUPONE (original 1985 London cast) Fantine I Want to Play Truth or Dare With “Am I alone in thinking Patti LuPone would be the BEST choice in this category?! I’m not sure what would be juicer, the dares she’d come up with, or hearing some of her legendary stories firsthand.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 View Commentscenter_img LAURIE BEECHMAN (1990 B’way cast) Fantine Who Should Teach a Master Class “The late, great Laurie Beechman. She was such a talent and her legacy lives on. It would have been an honor to meet her and learn from her.” RACHEL YORK (2000 B’way cast) Fantine Who Would Make an Awesome Roomie “Our husbands are old friends, so I think they’d be cool with it.” LOUISE PITRE (original 1989 Canadian cast) Fantine I Want to Take Out to Coffee “But only if it’s Tim Horton’s. We’re good Canadian girls!” Caissie Levy LEA SALONGA (2006 B’way revival) Fantine I Want as a Wine Drinking Buddy “I’ve always loved Lea Salonga’s stunning voice, and on the occasions I’ve met her, she’s been so funny and down to earth.'” Star Files DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA (2006 B’way revival) Fantine I’d Like to Do Shots With “I bet Daphne Rubin-Vega and I could get into some trouble together. She seems like she’d have some great stories and be a lot of fun. And as an ex-Maureen, it’d be a blast to hang out with the original Mimi.”last_img read more

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Begins Broadway Previews

first_img Directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig (Harris), a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score includes “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “Angry Inch” and more. Neil Patrick Harris Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Star Files Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Commentscenter_img Lena Hall Related Shows Just try and tear her down! The new production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch begins preview performances on March 29 at the Belasco Theatre. The cast is led by Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris as the transgender rock goddess, who will be joined by Lena Hall as Yitzhak. The show will officially open on Broadway April 22.last_img read more

Paige Faure & Nancy Opel Will Star in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

first_img Faure and Opel will star in Cinderella through September 7. Faure will also lead the national tour, which is set to launch in October. In addition to Bullets Over Broadway and Cinderella, Faure has appeared on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Other stage credits include A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Women and Aida. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Former Cinderella ensemble member Paige Faure will don the glass slippers in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical beginning June 13. Faure, who can now be seen in Bullets Over Broadway, will step in for pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen, who will play her final performance on June 8. In addition, Tony nominee Nancy Opel will assume the role of Madame, Cinderella’s stepmother, beginning June 30, replacing The Nanny icon Fran Drescher, who finishes her run on June 29. In addition to Jepsen and Drescher, Cinderella currently features Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Tony winner Victoria Clark as Marie, Ann Harada as Charlotte, Stephanie Gibson as Gabrielle, Todd Buonopane as Jean-Michel, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton.center_img View Comments Cinderella Directed by Mark Brokaw, the production brings to the Broadway stage for the first time the tuner that originally aired as a TV special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. This Cinderella features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter Beane and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs originally composed for other musicals. Opel most recently appeared on Broadway in Memphis. She received a Tony nomination for her performance in Urinetown. Her additional stage credits include The Toxic Avenger, Fiddler on the Roof, Sunday in the Park with George, Anything Goes, Triumph of Love and Evita.last_img read more