Learning as a Spiritual Exercise
Rev. Pat Madden, Ph.D.
Regular Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies, Neuhoff School of Ministry
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon
Location: University of Dallas, SB Hall, Multi-Purpose Room (122)
About "Learning as a Spiritual Exercise"...
"Before most of my 'live' classes where I record my lectures, I say a prayer. Many
of my online students will probably be surprised to learn this, as the prayer is not
recorded. It is a Jewish prayer that I learned when I was in Israel in the summer
of 1998, and I put a Christian ending onto it. Here is my translation of the Hebrew:
You graciously grant to Adam knowledge
And you grant to Enosh understanding
Graciously grant us from yourself knowledge, understanding, and wisdom,
Through Christ our Lord."
Sometimes we equate being holy with what we do inside a Church, with the Mass and
the Sacraments. Sometimes we broaden our thinking to include our personal prayers
and activities such as fasting, and almsgiving as part of the path to holiness. The
main point of this retreat will be to stress that learning is a holy activity. When
we study, we are doing something very holy... very sacred.
This event is free and open to the public; All are welcome.
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Fr. Madden obtained his Ph.D. in biblical studies from the Catholic University of
America in Washington, DC; he also holds several master's degrees from across the
globe including Israel, England, and Germany.
Fr. Pat Madden was ordained to the priesthood in 1974 and now serves as pastor of
2 small parishes in the Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport, Louisiana. In regards to
his pastoral service, Fr. Pat always says "These [2 small parishes] are small enough
that I can administer them, with great help from wonderful staff, and still do what
I love--teach! I told the bishop, 'As long as I can teach, I am a happy priest!'"
In addition to teaching at University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry, Fr. Pat
has served as the Director of Adult Education at the Greco Institute and has worked
as adjunct faculty for several institutions including Loyola Institute for Ministry
Extension Program (New Orleans) and, most recently, Loyola University in Chicago.