Fr. Richard J. Curry, S.J., a member of the Georgetown Jesuit Community, died on December 19th. A funeral Mass for Fr. Curry was held on January 2nd at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was buried in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, at the Jesuit Center, where he first joined the Jesuits 53 years ago.

For the last ten years, Fr. Curry was a member of our Georgetown University community. He founded Dog Tag Bakery, which employs veterans with disabilities and their spouses, teaching them essential business skills. The Bakery partners with the School of Continuing Studies to offer courses in business administration and entrepreneurship. Fr. Curry taught courses in the Catholic Studies program and presided regularly at Mass in Dahlgren Chapel. Many articles about and tributes to Fr. Curry have been published in recent weeks, including, The Hoya, New York Times, and National Catholic Reporter.

With Fr. Curry's passing during the winter break, we want to give our campus community an opportunity to come together in celebration of his life. We will offer a memorial Mass for Fr. Curry on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in Dahlgren Chapel. All are welcome.


Ilia DelioWhat is Catholic Studies?

The Catholic Studies Program at Georgetown is an interdisciplinary area of study.  It engages the richness of the Catholic intellectual and cultural tradition with the various dimensions of human existence such as the arts, sciences, humanities, law, medicine, politics, business and economics. It seeks to vitalize the core maxim, faith seeking understanding, as the core principle of all intellectual pursuit.

Catholic Studies maintains that anything that awakens, enlivens and expands the imagination, opens the vision and enriches the sensitivity of any human being, is a religious act. Whatever deepens our humanity—makes us braver, wiser, more intelligent, more responsible, freer, loving and holy, makes us like God. Every aspect of learning, therefore, is integral to the sacramental life, beholding the grace-filled depth of reality. To know this depth is the beginning of wisdom.

Why Catholic Studies?

Ignatius of Antioch used the word the Greek word katholikos (καθολικός), meaning according to (kata-) the whole (holos), to identify the purpose of the early Christians. The word is related to the Greek kath’ holou, an adverb meaning “wholly.”

“Catholic,” then, can be understood as “according to the whole”; it connotes a movement toward universality or wholeness.  The Catholic Studies Program seeks to incorporate this universal and interdisciplinary approach into its curriculum and values.

For further information on the Catholic Studies Program, please contact Dr. Diane Apostolos-Cappadona.

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