First Day of Classes 2018

June 4, 2018

On Monday, June 4th, the Class of 2018 participated in the welcome and first day of classes in the Eternal City. Today was their introduction to the course “The Human Virtues for Priestly Fatherhood, Character, Steadfastness and Self-Mastery” taught by Fr. Robert Gahl at the University of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce).

ABOUT THE COURSE…
Every priest needs to be Christ in his daily life to succeed in his priestly mission. The Directory for the Life and Ministry of the Priest emphasizes the human virtues as cornerstones for the priest being a well-rounded, resilient, and reliable man, capable of ministering effectively to God’s people. With the current confusion on gender in our society, the Church needs men with a clear priestly identity who steadfastly exercise the strength of character to help promote the holiness of all men and women, celibate and married, lay and consecrated. This course offers a theoretical account of these virtues and how they can be acquired through Aristotelian-Thomistic anthropology, and St. Josemaria Escriva’s practical proposals for seeking holiness through the virile pursuit of the human virtues.

GET TO KNOW OUR FACULTY…
Fr. Robert Gahl is an Associate Professor of Ethics at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he studied chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and then went to Silicon Valley where he worked with control software of electron beam lithography systems. After studies in graduate philosophy at the University of Navarre, Spain, he finished his doctorate in Rome at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and did postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Gahl, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Alvaro del Portillo and to the priesthood by Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of St. Peter. A professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross since 1991, he has published on natural law theory, sexual ethics, moral action, and the narrative structure of the moral life. (Read more… http://docenti.pusc.it/homepage/?u=gahl)


See Photo Album of “2018 Welcoming Day at Santa Croce”:
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