Faculty 2012: Dony Mac Manus

May 17, 2012

Dony Mac Manus
Founder of the Sacred Art School, Florence, Italy

Dony Mac Manus has been a part of the Rome Experience since 2009.  He is an accomplished international artist with more than twenty years of experience producing and teaching visual arts.  And, he is the guide and instructor of the Rome Experience’s course, “Pilgrimages and Tours of the Churches, Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome”.

Born in Dublin in 1971, Dony Mac Manus graduated with a Bachelor of Design (1995) and Higher Diploma in Art and Design Teaching (1998) from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. In 2001, he received a Masters in Fine Art from the New York Academy of Art.

Upon completing his Masters in New York, Dony moved to Italy where he set up his studio first in Rome for a year and a half and then Florence for the next year and a half.  He returned to Dublin in 2004 to establish the Irish Academy of Figurative Art.

In 2007 Dony entrusted the Academy to his faculty and students in Dublin and he returned to Florence to establish the Dony Mac Manus Studios-Sacred Art School where he continues working on large international commissions while training his apprentices and students from around the world.


Faculty 2012: Fr. Pablo T. Gadenz

May 16, 2012

Rev. Pablo T. Gadenz
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

Father Pablo Gadenz will be returning to the Rome Experience in 2012 as instructor of the course “The Word of God and the New Evangelization” which is designed to give the seminarians an understanding of theology through the Bible focusing on the theme of the 2012 Rome Experience program, “The Priest, Minister of Divine Mercy”.

Father Pablo Gadenz is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology in South Orange, New Jersey. In addition, he serves as a mentor on the Seminary’s Formation Faculty. His research focuses on rhetorical analysis of Paul’s Letters and the study of Paul’s use of Scripture. He is also interested in the theological interpretation of Scripture, building bridges between exegetical study and the Church’s theology and liturgy. His published doctoral dissertation examines Paul’s ecclesiology in Romans 9-11, taking into account the Old Testament background of these chapters.

Father Gadenz holds an S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; M.Div., M.A., St. Charles Borromeo Seminary; and, an M.S., Columbia University, B.S.E., Princeton University.

Ordained in 1996, Father Gadenz is a priest of the Diocese of Trenton, and assists on weekends at Christ the King Parish in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Faculty 2012: Dr. Elizabeth Lev

May 15, 2012

Dr. Elizabeth Lev
Art Historian and Author
Faculty of the University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies Rome Program, Italy

This year, the Rome Experience will be adding a new course to the core program titled the “Historical and Cultural Roots of the Roman Catholic Church”.  And, we are very pleased and privileged to welcome Dr. Elizabeth Lev as the instructor for this exciting new course.

Elizabeth Lev is an American-born art historian who, while doing graduate work at the University of Bologna, first traveled to Rome to research her thesis on the Church of San Giovanni and Petronio.  She soon realized that, like Queen Christina of Sweden before her, she couldn’t live another day if she didn’t live it in Rome!  The Eternal City has been her home ever since.

Among a small number of Americans who has passed the stringent licensing exam for guides in Italy, Elizabeth’s services as a guide are in high demand and she has been privileged to accompany many distinguished visitors, including former First Lady Laura Bush, through the Vatican Museums and to other sites of interest in Rome and beyond.

Elizabeth served as art history advisor on the films “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” based on Dan Brown’s novels of the same names.  She appeared in the History Channel’s program “Angels and Demons Decoded” and served as the host of “Catholic Canvas,” a 10-part television series on the art of the Vatican Museums that aired on EWTN.  She has written numerous articles for Inside the Vatican, Sacerdos and First Things magazine, and also writes a regular column with Zenit News Agency. In addition to all this, Elizabeth has found time to recently complete her first biography, The Tigress of Forli: The Remarkable Story of Caterina Riario Sforza, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Press.

Faculty 2012: Fr. John Heisler

May 14, 2012

Rev. John Heisler
Associate Director of the Rome Experience

Father John Heisler is the Associate Director of the Rome Experience and instructor of the course “Vatican II: Historical Context and the Hermeneutic of Reform”, which is designed to help the seminarians develop an understanding of the Second Vatican Council from a historical perspective.

Father John Heisler, a priest of the Diocese of Arlington, joined the formation faculty of the College of Liberal Arts of the Pontifical College Josephinum in fall 2008 and is at present the Dean of Men of the College of Liberal Arts.

Father Heisler studied philosophy and theology at Christendom College in Front Royal, VA. He completed studies for the priesthood at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, and was ordained in 1999. He began studies in Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in 2004. From 2005-2008, Father Heisler was Chaplain at Christendom College.

Faculty 2012: Fr. Eric Nielsen

May 13, 2012

Rev. Eric Nielsen
Director of the Rome Experience

Father Eric Nielsen is the Director of the Rome Experience and instructor of the annual “Pastoral Practice Seminar”—a course aimed at assisting the seminarian to understand his future responsibility as a priest to imitate and live out Christ’s own pastoral charity.

Father Eric Nielsen was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Madison in 1995.  In 2006, he was appointed Pastor of St. Paul’s University Catholic Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

The oldest of seven children, Father Nielsen grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, graduated in 1984 from the University of Wisconsin in Civil Engineering, and entered Mundelein Seminary in 1990.

He enjoys outdoor activity and travel when he is not at St. Paul’s encouraging students to focus on study and prayer as a path to know, love and serve Jesus Christ.

Faculty 2012: Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell

May 12, 2012

Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell
President – Christendom College

The Rome Experience is honored to welcome Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell who will be teaching this year’s theme course, “Priest as Minister of Divine Mercy after the Sacred Heart of Christ”.

Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell is the President of Christendom College, a four-year, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college located on the beautiful and historic Shenandoah River in Front Royal, Virginia.  Dr. O’Donnell describes the education offered by Christendom as one “which leads the student to the consecration of the intellect and will to Christ.”

Dr. O’Donnell received his early education at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, California where he graduated with B.A. degrees in Philosophy and History.  He continued there, achieving the M.A. in Church History.  He completed his academic pursuits at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (Angelicum), receiving the S.T.L. and S.T.D., the Licentiate and Doctorate of Sacred Theology degrees.  He was the first layman to receive a doctorate in ascetical and mystical theology from the Angelicum.

A well-known lecturer, Dr. O’Donnell is also the author of the acclaimed Heart of the Redeemer, a theological investigation and spiritual guide to the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; and the recently published Swords Around the Cross, a historical investigation of a crucial period in the history of Catholic Ireland.

Dr. O’Donnell and his wife, Catherine, have nine children and four grandchildren.  They reside in Stephen’s City, Virginia.

New DVD on the new English Missal by Rome Experience professor, Msgr. James Moroney

March 22, 2010

Coming Soon on DVD:
A New Translation for a New Roman Missal
Rev. Msgr. Moroney gives a refreshing introduction to the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

Featuring:Rev. Msgr. James P. Moroney
Rector, St. Paul Cathedral
Faculty, St. John Seminary
Executive Secretary, Vox Clara Committee
Price:US$20.00 US$10.00
Save 50% if you pre-order by April 30, 2010

Order Now: pre-order securely online at https://www.theologicalforum.org/product.asp?ci=31&pi=410

About this DVD:
In anticipation of the new English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal, we are pleased to offer a new DVD featuring Rev. Msgr. James P. Moroney, Executive Secretary of the Vox Clara Committee (created by the Holy See in 2002 to advise the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on the translation of Roman Catholic liturgical books into English). Msgr. Moroney gives a refreshing introduction to the historical background of the Roman Missal, explaining why these translations are important and how they developed. He also takes an in-depth look at the changes to various Mass prayers, including the Confiteor (“I Confess to Almighty God…”), the Gloria (“Glory to God in the Highest…”), and the Ecce Agnus Dei (“Behold the Lamb of God…”).
This DVD is a helpful guide for bishops, priests, deacons, seminarians, and the laity, providing a fertile ground in which to develop a new and insightful appreciation for the Sacred Liturgy and the rich, authentic text of the new English translation, as well as serving as a useful tool for pastoral preparation and catechesis of the lay faithful.
Contents of this DVD:
Main Presentation by Msgr. James Moroney
Interviews with members of the Vox Clara Committee
Interviews with
Cardinal Francis Arinze
Cardinal Antonio Cañizares
Cardinal George Pell
Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.
Archbishop Alfred Hughes
Rev. Anthony Ward, S.M.
Eucharistic Prayers by Rev. Msgr. James P. Moroney

About Monsignor James P. Moroney:
 Rev. Msgr. James P. Moroney, a priest of the Diocese of Worcester for the past twenty-nine years, is rector of Saint Paul Cathedral and serves as a member of the faculty of Saint John Seminary in Boston. He pursued graduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Liturgy Institute at Sant’Anselmo, and the Catholic University of America. A past chairman of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, Msgr. Moroney was Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat for the Liturgy from 1996 to 2007. Pope John Paul II appointed him as a consultor to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and Pope Benedict XVI reappointed him as a consultor to the Congregation, wherein he also serves as Executive Secretary to the Vox Clara Committee. Msgr. Moroney is a frequent lecturer on liturgical matters, having addressed more than 17,000 priests and deacons in recent years at the invitation of close to one hundred bishops. Msgr. Moroney was a member of the Rome Experience 2009 faculty and taught a liturgy course.

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