Feb. 16, 2011

March Events at CUA to Highlight Virtue of Temperance

Catholic University will host events related to the cardinal virtue of temperance in March as part of a campaign on campus to accentuate the four cardinal virtues.

The campaign is directly related to the inaugural theme chosen by Catholic University's new President, John Garvey. "Intellect and Virtue: the Idea of a Catholic University" serves as the focus of a semester-long series of lectures and other events.

The virtues campaign focused most heavily, though not exclusively, on CUA's student body.

Through March 4, the university will continue its annual iPromise campaign, which urges students to look after one another during spring break. Students can sign the pledge at http://ipromise.cua.edu/.

March 9 marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period before Easter characterized by greater attention to the traditions of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Through these acts of temperance, hearts and minds are prepared to enter the Church at Easter, and the faithful are reminded of their baptismal call to celebrate the Paschal feast with greater joy.

On March 15, CUA alumni and graduate students will participate in a panel discussion titled "Mastering the Balanced Life" at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Panelists will talk about how they balance their faith, family, and finances while pursuing occupational and educational goals. The discussion is part of the Beyond Brookland series, a partnership between the offices of alumni relations and career services. Participating in the panel are:

  • Patrick Ortman, B.A. 2009
    Financial adviser, First Command Financial Planning
  • Rebecca Freyvogel, B.A. 2004
    Director of corporate relations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • John Peter Fogarty, B.A. 1999
    Vice president of development, The Heritage Foundation
  • Edward O'Connell, B.A. 1989
    Assistant U.S. attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia

On March 24, Rev. Tim Jones, O.F.M., a Capuchin friar from New York City, will speak at 7 p.m. in Caldwell Hall Auditorium on "Living a Temperate Life in a Desperate World." Father Jones will draw on his time working with gangs and in prison ministry and will speak about how to balance society's pressures in our own lives. This event is part of the CUA on Tap series.

On March 29, John Grabowski, associate professor of moral theology and ethics in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, will speak at 6 p.m. in Room 323 of the Pryzbyla Center on "Food, Drink, and Sex: Recovering Temperance in a Culture of Excess." Grabowski will make a case for moderation through the virtue of temperance as a necessary part of Christian life. His talk is part of the Dialogue on Demand series.

Catholic University will celebrate the cardinal virtue of fortitude in April.

For additional information about the inauguration and related events, visit http://president.cua.edu/inauguration/index.cfm.


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