"Poetry is civically important for a healthy and happy society," said three-time UD alumnus Matt Mehan, BA '00 MA '09 PhD '14. "In other words, a healthy politics requires a healthy poetics."+ Read More
The UD School of Ministry will recognize two alumni for their exemplary service to the local church through faith formation and ministry to the needy this month. Cecilia Rangel, a graduate of the four-year continuing education Catholic Biblical School program, will be honored with the Dei Verbum Award, and Kevin Harrington, who earned a master of theological studies in 1995, will receive the Lumen Gentium Award. Rangel (at right, in blue) was honored on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Parish in Coppell, Texas. Harrington was honored Jan. 18 at 11 a.m at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Pilot Point, Texas.
Our distinguished alumni live out the School of Ministrys mission to educate and form ministers able to share the ancient traditions of the Catholic faith with 21st century people, said Dean Theodore Whapham.
Harringtons formative experiences as a campus ministry leader in college launched a lifetime of service to the church. As an active parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Harrington has been a catechist of adults and youth, served as a pastoral council member and contributed professional expertise in administrative areas. He is also a decades-long supporter of retreat ministry through the Catholic Renewal Center of North Texas and Montserrat Jesuit Retreat Center, where he has done everything from maintenance to IT consultation, directed private and group retreats, and served on the boards of directors. Additionally, Harrington has conducted retreats for those incarcerated in the Texas penal system. Harrington has a long and distinguished career as an information technology executive with Oracle.
Rangel graduated with the first class from the Escuela Biblica Catolica, the Spanish language Catholic Biblical School program, at the University of Dallas in 2010. A longtime Eucharistic minister, she also created a formation program for Eucharistic ministers and altar servers in her parish, which she still runs. In 2011, with other University of Dallas Escuela Biblica Catolica alumni, she founded weekly Spanish Bible classes at St. Ann Catholic Parish, with a current average attendance of 60 people. Rangel has also participated as a volunteer in the fundraising efforts of the Guadalupe Radio Network and, most recently, as a radio speaker. She works at St. Ann as an administrative assistant to the Adult Religious Education Department. Rangel and her husband, Raul, have been married for eight years.
Kimberly Diwa, BA '22, first heard of the University of Dallas during a Bible study at her church. She decided to visit campus and immediately was struck by UD's friendly character, not to mention its impressive record of preparing pre-med students for medical school.+ Read More
During the course of the 2018-19 academic year, the university will sponsor a series of lectures, art exhibits, panel discussions and other activities centered around All the Light We Cannot See, the first chosen book for this new community reading initiative, culminating in author Anthony Doerr's visit to campus as the 2019 Eugene McDermott lecturer.+ Read More