Saint Mary’s Theology on Fire series examined gender’s role in Christian theology with a discussion on “American Women and the Permanent Diaconate” facilitated by Katherine Harmon, a theology professor from Marian University.Harmon began the conversation by recalling a project given to her by a former professor at Notre Dame called “On the Archives.” She said the assignment was fairly open-ended and meant to delve into a particular subject of the student’s choice.Harmon said she researched the word “women” and soon came across “woman diaconates.”Harmon asked the event’s attendees if they could recall the role of a deacon. The audience said deacon’s responsibilities include teaching, reading and assisting with baptism.“The role of the deacon has to do with service,” Harmon said.Harmon listed statistics pertaining to the average American deacon, including level of education, age and marital status.“One-hundred percent of contemporary deacons are male,” she said.Harmon said the historically, this hegemony was not always the case. Harmon said various sources, like unclear passages from books in the Bible like Timothy and Romans, as well as letters from Church authority recognized the role of deaconesses.Given this public information, Harmon said she pondered why the idea of a woman in the role of deacon seem so foreign to Catholics today.“The issue, it seems, is dealing with the word ordination,” Harmon said. “If you took the present definition and tried to apply it to the past, these women were not ordained.”Harmon said although she was unaware of a specific modern-day movement to return women to the role of deaconess, she was personally motivated to share this information because it is the unknown truth.“To me, it is crucial to see that women were there and to see where they were. It is important to recognize the presence of women in history, especially in the liturgy,” Harmon said.Tags: theology on fire
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 59-year-old driving instructor from Manorville was killed in a four-car crash in Port Jefferson Station following what authorities believe was a medical issue on Monday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Leonard Sloan, an instructor with Fitzgerald’s Driving School of North Babylon, was driving a Chevrolet Malibu westbound on Nesconset Highway when he lost control of the car and veered into oncoming traffic shortly before 1 p.m.The Malibu struck three vehicles in the eastbound turning lane at the corner of Davis Avenue. Investigators believe that Sloan, who did not have any passengers in the car, may have suffered a medical event prior to the crash.Sloan was taken to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson where he was pronounced dead. None of the other drivers were injured.Sixth Squad detective are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8652.
Just days removed from commencement and the end of spring semester, the university has begun work on nearly 50 summer construction projects, many of which will lead to street and building closures already affecting life on campus this summer.The summer construction schedule began Monday and is scattered throughout campus.Street closures, as a result of construction, include McClintock Avenue between Downey and Hellman ways and Childs Way between Trousdale Parkway and Figueroa Street.Graphic by Jovanna Tosello | Summer TrojanDowney will also be inaccessible near the Hedco Neuro Sciences Building.Major renovations, or “capital construction development” projects, are planned at 22 different locations, including Kaprielian Hall and Stoops Hall, as well as starting construction on the new student health center.Reaction to the increased construction and street closure has been mixed from students who will need to access campus during the summer months.Kamron Hakemy, a junior majoring in international relations [global business] who lives at Tuscany Apartments on Figueroa Street, said the street closures would affect the time it takes to get ontocampus.“Even when USC isn’t in session, the campus is very populated,” Hakemy said. “The closures will definitely make the trip to campus longer.”Hakemy also mentioned the reduced traffic pattern on campus would likely cause increased traffic concerns on the streets surrounding USC.Other students were more accepting of the summer construction and closures and welcomed the improvements to campus.“I’ve already been warned that USC means the ‘University of Summer Construction,’ so I’m prepared for it,” said Nakul Joshi, a sophomore majoring in computer science and taking classes this summer. “I’m confident that every effort has been made to keep it safe.”The construction and street closures could also impact tourists and prospective undergraduates, according to students.“Tour guides are not able to show visitors as much of the campus and buildings as they’d like to,” said Preksha Daga, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering who will work at the Office of Admissions this summer.Gate 3 (McCarthy Way) will also be partially inaccessible until June 30, according to an email sent to the university community by USC Transportation.All road closures and traffic restrictions will be lifted by August 15 at the latest, according to the email.