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September 21, 2020 – Youth Culture in the U.S. | Don’t Believe the Lies

Cathy Garcia-Prats, Max Linnville and Margaret Gaston discuss the lies the American culture tells our youth. They dispel three lies: “My Parents Don’t Understand Me,” “Sexuality is King” and “You are defined by what you do.” A conversation for students and parents, the guests discern the difference between what the culture tells us and what God calls us to be. This is part two of three conversations leading up to the Nesti CFC Faithful Citizenship Celebration on Oct. 7 that will focus on family life in the United States. We will honor Dr. Joe and Cathy Garcia-Prats. The event is free, so register online at https://www.stthom.edu/cfc.

Participants:
Cathy Garcia-Prats Author, Speaker and 2020 Nesti CFC Faithful Citizenship Honoree

Max Linnville, MA Campus Minister, University of St. Thomas- Houston

Margaret Gaston Senior Nursing Student, Peer Minister with Campus Ministry, University of St Thomas-Houston

Helpful Links:

The Garcia-Prats Family: http://www.garcia-prats.com/

Pope Francis “Amoris Laetitia”: https://w2.vatican.va/content/dam/fra…

Pope Paul VI “Humanae Vitae”: http://www.vatican.va/content/paul-vi…

Victory (Freedom from Pornography) – https://thevictoryapp.com/

September 14, 2020 – The Maronite Catholic Church with Alberto Tohmé

Dr. Stuart Squires, Associate Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture and Associate Professor of Theology, talks with Alberto Tohmé of Our Lady of the Cedars parish. Tohmé explains the cultural richness of the Maronite Catholic Church.

July 27, 2020 – Love One Another as Christ Loves Us: Its Implications & Its Practice

Fr. Binh Quach, CSSp, Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks about the importance of love, what it is and how it relates to our American culture and the world.

July 20, 2020 – Racism and Education

The participants discuss how schools and teachers can dialogue about racism with students and parents. Nora Creech discusses the bishop’s pastoral letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts,” and how bias and omission construct how we view racism. Dr. Nicole Walters and Elizabeth Creech share about the platform teachers have through Catholic Social Teaching, creating the space for dialogue and exercises to begin the conversation on racism.
 
Participants:
 
Nora Creech
Alumna, Master of Arts in Faith and Culture
Chair, Open Wide Our Hearts Symposium
 
Nicole Walters, Ed.D.
Dean, Associate of Applied Science Program
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
University of St. Thomas in Houston
 
Elizabeth Creech
8th Grade Humanities Teacher
Liturgical Coordinator
Notre Dame Academy (NDA) – San Diego, CA
 
Helpful Links:
“Open Wide Our Hearts: the enduring call to love, a pastoral letter against racism” (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops):  http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/upload/open-wide-our-hearts.pdf
Resources to Discuss Racism (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops):  http://www.usccb.org/racism
Place Corps:  https://www.placecorps.org/
“White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo:  https://robindiangelo.com/publications/
Peggy McIntosh:  https://www.wcwonline.org/Active-Researchers/peggy-mcintosh-phd
University of St. Thomas Freshman Symposium:  https://www.stthom.edu/freshmansymposium
Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops):  http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm
The Impact of Racism on Children’s Health (NY Times):  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/well/family/the-impact-of-racism-on-childrens-health.html
Catholic School Resources for Combatting Racism (National Catholic Educational Association):  https://www.ncea.org/NCEA/Learn/Catholic_School_Resources_for_Combatting_Racism.aspx?WebsiteKey=60819b28-9432-4c46-a76a-a2e20ac11cfd
Amplifier – Wall Art for Classrooms:  https://amplifier.org/

July 13, 2020 – The State of Catholic Education

Dr. Stuart Squires, Associate Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture and Associate Professor of Theology, talks with Fr. John Huber, CSB, Director of the Basilian Network for Education and the New Evangelization for the Congregation of St. Basil. They discuss the challenges to Catholic education in today’s society.

July 6, 2020 – Conversation on the Death of George Floyd and Nationwide Protests

Bridget Richardson shares a conversation from June 3, 2020:
Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp, founder of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture (CFC), Fr. Binh Quach, CSSp, director of the Nesti CFC, Chief H.E. Jenkins, Chief of Police of the University of St. Thomas Police Department, and Bridget Richardson, with the Nesti CFC, discuss the death of George Floyd, the nationwide protests and the most recent statement by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (http://www.usccb.org/news/2020/20-83.cfm). The participants talk about the need to allow people to have the freedom to express their voice, the role of police and the importance of trust, community building and relationships.

Helpful Links:
Nesti Center for Faith & Culture: https://www.stthom.edu/cfc

June 29, 2020 – How to Start a Racial Healing Group in Your Parish

Bridget Richardson, Assistant Director of Pastoral and Ecumenical Initiatives with the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks with Gloria Aldridge, parishioner at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring, Texas about how to start a group on racial healing in your parish. Gloria attended the Nesti CFC 2019 Symposium, Open Wide Our Hearts: A Conversation on Grace and Race, and began working in her person to help people heal from the sin of racism and understand the USCCB’s pastoral letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts.”

Helpful Link:
Open Wide Our Hearts: https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/upload/open-wide-our-hearts.pdf

June 22, 2020 – Replay: Understanding Racism and the Human Person

Bridget Richardson, Assistant Director of Pastoral and Ecumenical Initiatives with the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks with Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp, founder of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture on racism and all that is happening in the country. Fr. Nesti focuses in on the Holy Trinity and helps us understand how the human person is affected when it comes to racism.

June 15, 2020 – 21 Skills of Spiritual Intelligence

Dolly Nguyen Brenneman, Program Development Manager at the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, describes the 21 Skills of Spiritual Intelligence and her experience with spiritual development.

June 8, 2020 – Understanding Racism and the Human Person

Bridget Richardson, Assistant Director of Pastoral and Ecumenical Initiatives with the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks with Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp, founder of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture on racism and all that is happening in the country. Fr. Nesti focuses in on the Holy Trinity and helps us understand how the human person is affected when it comes to racism.

June 1, 2020 – Cultural Contexts of the Bible with Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta

Biblical Scholar Rev. Dempsey Rosales Acosta, S.S.L., S.T.D., Associate Professor and Miller Chair of Catholic Studies in the Theology Department at University of St. Thomas-Houston, discusses the Hebrew, Greek, and Roman contexts of the Bible with Dr. Stuart Squires, Associate Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture and Associate Professor of Theology.

May 25, 2020 – Human and Divine Love

Bridget Richardson, Assistant Director of Pastoral and Ecumenical Initiatives with the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks with Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp, founder of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture. They discuss “The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis and how to integrate it in our faith lives leading up to Pentecost.

Helpful Links:
The Four Loves: https://www.amazon.com/Four-Loves-C-S-Lewis/dp/0156329301

May 18, 2020 – Human and Divine Love

Bridget Richardson, Assistant Director of Pastoral and Ecumenical Initiatives with the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks with Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp, founder of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture. They discuss “The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis and how to integrate it in our faith lives leading up to Pentecost.

Helpful Links:
The Four Loves: https://www.amazon.com/Four-Loves-C-S-Lewis/dp/0156329301

May 11, 2020 – Ambassadors of Love and Reconciliation

Fr. Binh Quach, CSSp, Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks about how to be an ambassador of love and reconciliation. Fr. Binh says Catholics are called to be witnesses of Christ’s love and describes how we can embrace being these ambassadors in the society with St. Paul as our model.

May 4, 2020 – The Grief We Face in a Changed World

Bridget Richardson, Assistant Director of Pastoral and Ecumenical Initiatives with the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks with Deacon Jeff Willard, Director of Pastoral Care & Spiritual Life at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston. Deacon Jeff shares how people can deal with their grief during this time of pandemic. He also talks about William Worden’s Four Tasks of Mourning.

Helpful Links:
Worden’s Four Tasks of Mourning: https://www.ourhouse-grief.org/grief-pages/grieving-adults/four-tasks-of-mourning/

April 27, 2020 – Faith and Filmmaking

Dr. Stuart Squires, Associate Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture and Associate Professor of Theology, talks with William Price III, founder of the media production company Whiskey Ginger Please in Nashville, Tenn. William shares how he brings his Catholic identity to the films he creates.

Helpful Links:
Whiskey Ginger Please: https://www.whiskeygingerplease.com/

April 20, 2020 – The Call to Holiness through Ascending the Twelve Step Ladder of Humility (St. Benedict of Nursia)

Fr. Binh Quach, CSSp, Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, the importance of the call to holiness during this time of pandemic. He discusses how this time can be meaningful and make us more like Jesus Christ.

April 13, 2020 – Catholicism and Economics (Rerum Novarum)

Dr. Stuart Squires, Associate Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture and Associate Professor of Theology, talks about the encyclical “Rerum Novarum.” He discusses the Catholic Church and their view of economics.

Helpful Links:
Rerum Novarum: http://www.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_15051891_rerum-novarum.html

April 6, 2020 – Covid-19 and Campus Ministry

Bridget Richardson, Assistant Director of Pastoral and Ecumenical Initiatives with the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks with Claire McMullin, student in the Master of Arts in Faith and Culture program and Campus Minister at the Newman Center at University of Houston. Claire shares how she has had to make adjustments to her approach to ministry during the pandemic. She shares about how her college students are taking things as well.

March 30, 2020 – A Personal Experience of Vatican II with Fr. Donald Nesti

Dr. Stuart Squires, Associate Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture and Associate Professor of Theology, talks with Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp, founder of the Nesti CFC. Fr. Nesti shares his personal experience of the Second Vatican Council as a young priest.

March 23, 2020 – Covid-19 and Census 2020

Bridget Richardson, Assistant Director of Pastoral and Ecumenical Initiatives with the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks with Gina Reynoso, with The Metropolitan Organization. Gina shares about how her team has had to pivot in creating awareness about the 2020 census during the Covid-19 pandemic. They also discuss the advocacy work of The Metropolitan Organization.

Helpful Links:
The Metropolitan Organization: https://www.tmohouston.org/
Census 2020: http://2020census.gov/

March 9, 2020 – Conversation with Reyna Anderson, M.A. in Faith & Culture alumna and Legal Fellow with ADF International at the United Nations in New York City

Bridget Richardson, Assistant Director of Pastoral and Ecumenical Initiatives with the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks with Reyna Anderson, Master of Arts in Faith and Culture alumna and Legal Fellow with ADF International at the United Nations in New York City. They discuss Reyna’s experience in the M.A. in Faith and Culture program and how it has shaped her life and career goals.

Helpful Links:
Master of Arts in Faith and Culture: https://www.stthom.edu/cfc

March 2, 2020 – Dignity of the Human Person (Evangelium Vitae)

Dr. Stuart Squires, Associate Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture and Associate Professor of Theology, discusses St. John Paul II’s document “Evangelium Vitae,” which means the “good news of life,” on its 25th anniversary. Dr. Squires calls it a “prophetic critique” of our society and discusses our inalienable rights in the United States.

Helpful Link:
Evangelium Vitae: http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25031995_evangelium-vitae.html

February 24, 2020 – A Couple’s Relationship and the Five Languages of Love

Fr. Binh Quach, CSSp, Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, discusses Stephen Chapman’s Five Languages of Love. Fr. Binh discusses marital love and how to live out these five languages in your relationship as husband and wife.

Helpful Link:
The Five Love Languages: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/

February 17, 2020 – The Church as the People of God

Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp, founder of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, talks about on the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, “Lumen Gentium,” which discusses what really makes up the Church. He dives into the Church as the people of God.

Helpful Link:
Lumen Gentium: https://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html>/a>

February 3, 2020 – Authentic Catholic Understanding of Social Justice (Seven Themes of Catholic Social Justice)

Dr. Stuart Squires, Associate Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture and Associate Professor of Theology, focuses on Catholic social justice and its true meaning. He highlights the document, “Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching,” by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to ground Catholics in an accurate understanding of the Church’s wisdom and teaching on social justice.

Helpful Link:
Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm

January 27, 2020 – The Seven Characteristics of Marian Spirituality and their Relation to our Christian Life

Fr. Binh Quach, CSSp, Director of the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, shares about Marian spirituality and how Mary, as our spiritual mother, illustrates to us a sense of mission, how to care for others and to endure in suffering.