March 22, 2018
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
The purpose of Lent is to mirror the time Christ spent in the desert and to prepare our hearts for the coming of Easter. Today’s readings offer a sense of optimism for our penance. We are reminded through Abraham, and then through Christ, that God has promised us great things, and that He will not rescind His promises. We are still hopeful for the continued fulfillment of these covenants and therefore are inspired to persevere in upholding our end of the agreement. We must keep God’s word, respond to His call for love, and joyfully spread the good news of His resurrection.
Let God speak to you through the Scripture, hear His voice of encouragement, and be revitalized in your Lenten journey towards penance, holiness, and the joy of Easter.
March 22, 2018 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent The purpose of Lent is to mirror the time Christ spent in the desert and to prepare our hearts for the coming of Easter. Today’s readings offer a sense of optimism for our penance. We are reminded through Abraham, and then through Christ, that […]MORE
As with last semester, the PC/CEA Program in Rome has been lucky to work with students from the Pontifical North American College. The purpose of our relationship is to help PC students along the path of their own spiritual journeys, in whatever form those may take. Some of their sponsored activities involve volunteering with local charities in Rome, weekly Bible study, and sometimes just having fun around town — the guys from the ‘PNAC’ seem to know all the best gelato joints in Rome! And one of the opportunities they provide is a day-trip to one of Italy’s many magnificent Holy Sites. Last semester, we venerated the tomb of St. Dominic in Bologna. And this semester, we went to Assisi to visit the Basilica of St. Francis.
Born in 1181 to a wealthy cloth merchant, St. Francis’s youth in Assisi was marked by a carefree and notoriously rambunctious lifestyle. When Assisi went to an ill-advised war with Umbrian neighbor Perugia, Francis was captured and imprisoned. Due to his father’s wealth, he was ransomed and returned to Assisi, — with a very different outlook on life. After a dream of God, Francis was led to reflect on his life of material wealth and the meaning of a spiritual life. He spent years in happy poverty reflecting on his relationship with God, with others, and ultimately with himself. At the church of San Damiano, Francis heard Christ speak to him from the cross: “Francis, repair my Church!”
We started the day with a two-hour train ride from Rome to Assisi. The Umbrian town sits high atop Mt. Subasio, and so the train requires a subsequent bus ride up through the winding streets, through a layer of fog, and into a Medieval world of umber-colored buildings.
Our first stop was the Basilica itself. Built in 1228, the year Francis was canonized by Pope Gregory IX, it is the Mother Church of the Franciscan Order. Students were surprised to learn there are actually two churches on-site, an upper (completed 1253) and lower church (1230). The churches are decorated in Romanesque and Gothic style respectively by some of the best artists of the time, foremost among them Cimabue and his student, the proto-Renaissance master, Giotto. At a still lower level rest the holy remains of St. Francis himself, which were hidden within a crypt to prevent potential relic looters until their rediscovery in 1818.
But what historical details like this can’t prepare students for is the overwhelming feeling of the sacred that pilgrims feel in the presence of St. Francis’s earthly remains. It’s impossible to put into words that inner profundity of the genuinely sacred site.
After some time in quiet reflection, Fr. Brian, Deacon Vince, and Deacon Colin offered us a rare opportunity: a private mass at a small chapel within the Basilica’s ‘Sacra Convento’. Deacon Vince’s homily called us to reflect on the Gospel’s words and Francis’ life within a contemporary context.
After mass, we explored together the city, climbing its steep hills and working up a healthy appetite in preparation for a decidedly non-Franciscan feast!
After lunch, we made stops at the church of San Rufino, who was the first Patron Saint of Assisi before St. Francis, and also the church of St. Clare, which houses her remains.
Our final stop was located in Assisi’s ‘new town’, in the valley of Mt. Subasio: the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels. The basilica was built in the 16th Century in order to contain a sacred site of the Franciscans, the “Porziuncola”. This church-within-a-church was the very one Francis worked on when he heard Christ’s voice say: “Francis, repair my Church!” Francis had been given this poor little 9th century building as a gift from the Benedictines. Taking Christ’s words literally, Francis repaired the physical church before setting off upon his life’s work to repair the spiritual church. Today the Porziuncola serves as a reminder of Francis’ conversion and work especially on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised. And it serves to call the millions of Christian pilgrims who visit Assisi each year to continue his work to ‘repair the church’ through their living communion.
As with last semester, the PC/CEA Program in Rome has been lucky to work with students from the Pontifical North American College. The purpose of our relationship is to help PC students along the path of their own spiritual journeys, in whatever form those may take. Some of their sponsored activities involve volunteering with local […]MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: MANUELA BARCELOS
Manuela is the ESL/Academic Skills Specialist in the OAS. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, leisurely dinners with friends, and keeping up with all the NBC Chicago episodes.
You looked forward to the much-awaited week of spring break. The anticipation mounted as the days drew nearer and then…it was over before you could say “tequila!” Now, the transition to the routine you eagerly left behind before break seems like a form of human torture. How do you get back on that proverbial hamster wheel?
REFLECT: Take the time to realize that spring break was just what the doctor ordered. You may be coming off of spring break feeling like you should’ve accomplished some school work or that you slept more than you should have. Lose the guilt. You needed the time to recoup and if you slept more than usual, that was your body telling you that it was time to recharge. Be grateful for the R&R you got over break. Don’t get caught up in useless regrets over not having gotten any work done. That time is gone and you can’t get it back. It’s more fruitful to think about how to get on track again.
TAKE BABY STEPS: You may not feel immediately motivated to hit the books, so take small steps toward getting in gear. You can start by unpacking. Leaving your unpacked bags lying around will only remind you of your long lost spring break. Get some laundry done. Put all your toiletries away, etc. Maybe even run an errand or two.
PLAN AHEAD: As you think about what lies ahead for the remainder of the semester, it all seems like work work work work work! Before the nostalgia of your spring break creeps in, get out your calendar. Plan for the week ahead. Make some room in your calendar for small rewards to look forward to soon. For example, pencil in some study breaks throughout the week in which you can indulge in some of Ray’s delights like FroYo, chicken nugget day, or make your own s’mores. Once you get through your first week back, plan an outing on the weekend with friends – maybe a trip to the movies or your favorite burger spot. These may pale in comparison to the week you just had in Cancun or vegging back home, but they will get you through until your next break.
Speaking of your next break…while you are updating your calendar, plug in your 5-day Easter Recess. And when that’s over there are only 26 days left before the official end of the semester. But who’s counting, right?
Adapted from: Jimenez, R. (2015, March 17). Post spring break: getting back into the groove. KTB.
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GUEST BLOGGER: MANUELA BARCELOS Manuela is the ESL/Academic Skills Specialist in the OAS. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, leisurely dinners with friends, and keeping up with all the NBC Chicago episodes. You looked forward to the much-awaited week of spring break. The anticipation mounted as the days drew nearer […]MORE
It’s been a week since I finished summer research and life is different. It feels weird not being in the lab every day. I miss all the fun moments I had in the lab with the research team. I miss listening to hip-hop and R&B while working up a reaction. I miss getting lunch with my lab mates almost every day. Bianca, Matt, Gersham, Kyle, Yazan & I became so close that we all developed a special bond. We became so comfortable with each other that we would talk about anything. I would look forward to our lunch dates every day. We went to a lot of great restaurants Providence has to offer like The Abbey, Anthony’s, and many others on Thayer St., like East Side Pockets.
In the last few weeks of research, our biggest adventure was the 10th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Conference at the University of Rhode Island. The SURF program funds most of the research conducted over the summer throughout Rhode Island. In turn, researchers funded by SURF attend the conference and present their work. Our group presented our work by assembling a poster containing all the projects we worked on this summer. The conference was great because the team and I got to present all our hard work and got to see many other chemists, biologists, and biochemists. We were also hands-down the best dressed group at the conference! See the picture for yourself. We kept on receiving compliments from multiple people on how well dressed we were. It was nice to get dressed up and not wear sweatpants all day for once.
I am close to finishing my project which is a-carboline synthesis. I completed the final step of my project the day before the conference, and I produced high yields! Although summer research is over, that doesn’t mean my research is over. I plan on continuing my research in the fall. I’m looking forward to completing my project and all the chemistry that awaits me in the year to come! I’d like to thank Dr. Mulcahy and the Providence College Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for granting me the opportunity do research this summer. I have learned a lot, and I can’t wait to continue learning in the upcoming semester. I’d also like thank all of you for reading my blog and keeping up with all the exciting events that happened this summer.
It’s been a week since I finished summer research and life is different. It feels weird not being in the lab every day. I miss all the fun moments I had in the lab with the research team. I miss listening to hip-hop and R&B while working up a reaction. I miss getting lunch with my lab mates almost every […]MORE
The first centers around a fair use debate, similar in nature to a case covered in a previous post about Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE poster and his use of a photo as inspiration: The estate of Andy Warhol has filed suit against New York City photographer Lynn Goldsmith as a preemptive strike to protect Warhol’s legacy. According to the NY Daily News, Goldsmith had been expected to file a copyright infringement lawsuit against the estate. Goldsmith alleges that Warhol used a photo she took of Prince in 1981 as inspiration for his Prince Series (created in 1984) without asking permission or crediting her.
The estate argues that Warhol’s appropriation of the photo was transformative enough to be considered new work (therefore, meeting the terms of fair use under U.S. copyright law) and allege Goldsmith’s objective is extortion. Estate lawyer Luke Nikas stated in court documents that, “Although Warhol often used photographs taken by others as inspiration for his portraits, Warhol’s works were entirely new creations. As would be plain to any reasonable observer, each portrait in Warhol’s Prince Series fundamentally transformed the visual aesthetic and meaning of the Prince Publicity Photograph.” When asked why she did not pursue legal measures at any point over the past 30 years, Goldsmith said that she was only made aware of the pieces in 2016, when Condé Nast published a special issue called The Genius of Prince. The estate counters that she knew of the pieces as far back as 1984, when she granted permission to Vanity Fair to publish one of them.
Prince’s image isn’t the only thing sparking debate – his catalog of work is, as well. While his Warner Bros. music catalog was released earlier this year to digital streaming platforms, his videography remains largely inaccessible to the public due to copyright disputes. Will his full videography eventually be made available? And further, will the public ever gain access to the material in his Paisley Park estate’s storied vault? It’s been speculated that nearly all contents of the vault lack thorough rights contracts.
Prince’s estate has been in flux for some time, as it’s battled to resolve contractual disputes over copyright issues with Warner and Universal. Since his passing in April 2016, various issues involving copyright have arisen. The public’s collective hope is for speedy resolution to copyright matters so all may freely access his work. (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Copyright disputes over Prince’s material and image have been making news since his untimely passing and two stories of note have emerged in recent months. The first centers around a fair use debate, similar in nature to a case covered in a previous post about Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE poster and his use of a […]MORE
ESE Study Abroad Blog
Week of December 4
I can’t believe we are in the single digit countdown to coming home! This has been such an incredible experience it’s hard to believe that we have less than 10 days left. One of the best parts of this experiences has been practicum. Teaching in an italian classroom has been incredible and nothing like what I expected. For starters, I NEVER expected to teach with my hands this much!! And I never expected to teach in a room with no technology. 2 chalboards. That was all I had.
I don’t know what I was expecting going into this experience. It never really hit me until I got into the classroom that I was teaching English to Italian students. When I walked into the room for the first day the students were so excited and all yelled “good morning” at me. That is why it did not hit me until after I sat down to observe and they all started yelling in Italian. I was attempting to make out the few Italian words I knew, like how to say pizza, pasta and thank you….but none of the students were using those. It was very overwhelming…but I was also excited.
My favorite lesson of this semester was by far the last lesson I taught, my Christmas lesson. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Christmas, so it is obvious that this is by far my favorite subject to teach. Throughout the semester I always made it a point to integrate US cultures and traditions into my lessons whenever possible. I liked to show the students how things are different at home and give them as accurate of a picture of America as possible. When I taught the Christmas lesson we compared Christmas in Italy to Christmas in America and found many similarities and a few differences. For example, in Italy there are no stockings hung by the fireplace. When I was explaining it to the students they thought it was the coolest thing ever but did not understand how Santa could fit anything in a pair of tights!! During the lesson the students were decorating paper ornaments and hanging them up on the paper tree I placed at the front of the room. It was an indescribable feeling to be looking around the room at my little Italian 6th graders as they colored ornaments, writing English phrases on them and randomly bursting into song, with those songs being various American Christmas Carols. I saw the students writing things on their ornaments that I taught them weeks ago. It was such an incredible feeling to see that the students were actually learning and understanding what I was teaching them.
So now as practicum has come to a close, all the weekend trips have ended, and we are in the final single digit countdown, I am realizing more and more how grateful I am for this experience. It has changed me in ways I cannot describe, but I am so thankful for. Florence is a beautiful place to be able to call home for 4 months, but I think I am ready to be back in Friartown!!
Caitlin Whitaker ESE Study Abroad Blog Week of December 4 I can’t believe we are in the single digit countdown to coming home! This has been such an incredible experience it’s hard to believe that we have less than 10 days left. One of the best parts of this experiences has been practicum. Teaching […]MORE
Almost eight hundred years ago, in December of 1216, the birth of a new religious order also took place. Father Dominic de Guzman, a Spanish priest, petitioned Pope Honorius II successfully for a new religious order, which would come to be called the Order of Preachers. To celebrate this anniversary and Black History Month, there is an exhibit in the library honoring a black Peruvian Dominican who became a saint: Saint Martin de Porres. Who was Saint Martin?
Martin de Porres Velázquez, O.P. (December 9, 1579 – November 3, 1639), was a lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony.
Born in the city of Lima, he was the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman, Don Juan de Porres, and Ana Velázquez, a freed slave from Panama. He had a sister named Juana, born two years later in 1581 and after the birth of his sister, the father abandoned the family. Ana Velázquez supported her children by taking in laundry. He grew up in poverty and, when his mother could not support him, Martin was confided to a primary school for two years, and then placed with a barber/surgeon to learn the medical arts. He spent hours of the night in prayer, a practice which increased as he grew older.
By law in Peru, descendants of Africans and Indians were barred from becoming full members of religious orders. The only route open to Martin was to ask the Dominicans of Holy Rosary Priory in Lima to accept him as a “donado”, a volunteer who performed menial tasks in the monastery in return for the privilege of wearing the habit and living with the religious community. At the age of 15 he asked for admission to the Dominican Convent of the Rosary in Lima and was received first as a servant boy, and as his duties grew he was promoted to almoner.
Martin continued to practice his old trades of barbering and healing and was said to have performed many miraculous cures. He also took on kitchen work, laundry, and cleaning. After eight years at Holy Rosary, the prior Juan de Lorenzana, decided to turn a blind eye to the law and permit Martin to take his vows as a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic. Holy Rosary was home to 300 men, not all of whom were as open-minded as De Lorenzana; one of the novices called Martin a “mulatto dog,” while one of the priests mocked him for being illegitimate and descended from slaves. He never became a priest. It is said that when his convent was in debt, he implored them: “I am only a poor mulatto, sell me.”
When Martin was 34, after he had been given the religious habit of a lay brother, he was assigned to the infirmary, where he was placed in charge and would remain in service until his death at the age of 59. He was known for his care of the sick. His superiors saw in him the virtues necessary to exercise unfailing patience in this difficult role. It was not long before miracles were attributed to him. Martin also cared for the sick outside his convent, often bringing them healing with only a simple glass of water. He ministered without distinction to Spanish nobles and to slaves recently brought from Africa.
Martin did not eat meat. He begged for alms to procure necessities the convent could not provide. In normal times, Martin succeeded with his alms to feed 160 poor persons every day, and distributed a remarkable sum of money every week to the indigent. Side by side with his daily work in the kitchen, laundry and infirmary, Martin’s life is said to have reflected extraordinary gifts: ecstasies that lifted him into the air, light filling the room where he prayed, bilocation, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures and a remarkable rapport with animals. He founded a residence for orphans and abandoned children in the city of Lima.
Martin de Porres is often depicted as a young mulatto friar wearing the old habit of the Dominican lay brother, a black scapular and capuce, along with a broom, since he considered all work to be sacred no matter how menial. He is sometimes shown with a dog, a cat and a mouse eating in peace from the same dish. The statue of him in front of Martin Hall was sculpted by a Dominican Friar, Father Thomas McGlynn, who taught briefly at Providence College.
Almost eight hundred years ago, in December of 1216, the birth of a new religious order also took place. Father Dominic de Guzman, a Spanish priest, petitioned Pope Honorius II successfully for a new religious order, which would come to be called the Order of Preachers. To celebrate this anniversary and Black History Month, there […]MORE
We have recently been asked about the color of cooked chicken on the grill, and why it sometimes might appear pink. We can assure you, it is not because the chicken is undercooked! Food safety is our highest priority, and there are systems in place to assure both quality and safety of the food we serve everywhere on campus. The goal of this blog post is to answer the specific question regarding how the chicken breast in Raymond Dining Hall is cooked.
The color of cooked poultry can vary greatly based on a number of factors. Everything from white, to tan, to pink, are safe to eat under the stipulation that the appropriate temperature, 165°F, has been reached. Here is some information about what influences the end color of a safely cooked piece of poultry…
In young birds, oven gases readily permeate the skin creating a chemical reaction involving hemoglobin while cooking, therefore altering the final color. Older birds have a thicker layer of fat in between the skin and the meat making it less likely to develop a pink color. Naturally occurring (emphasis on naturally!) nitrates and nitrites in feed and water can also determine the color of the meat both before and after cooking, as can a marinade that includes a nitrite or nitrate-rich ingredient. While it is not necessarily possible to identify one single reason why any piece of poultry might appear to have a pink color, we can certainly hypothesize. For example, garlic in a marinade may play a role as it finds itself on the low-end of the medium category for nitrate content of common vegetables. However, with all things science, it is not a hard and fast rule that garlic will have enough nitrates on its own to change the color of poultry 100% of the time. The range is vast, as no two cloves of garlic are the same, just as no two pieces of chicken breast will be exactly the same. See where I am going with this?
You could have a very young piece of chicken breast, and a clove of garlic with a nitrate content at the high end of its determined range, making for a pink colored piece of cooked chicken. Or, the complete opposite – older chicken, low nitrate content in the garlic, and a white piece of cooked chicken.
In Raymond, we marinate the chicken on the grill with oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. It is then cooked in the oven and finished on the grill. The temperature is checked for every single batch we cook to ensure food safety, no exceptions. If you ever have a concern regarding food safety on campus, we are here to help! All dining managers and supervisors are ServSafe certified, the national standard for food safety management certification, and can address your questions. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Ereio, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian | Providence College Dining Services
We have recently been asked about the color of cooked chicken on the grill, and why it sometimes might appear pink. We can assure you, it is not because the chicken is undercooked! Food safety is our highest priority, and there are systems in place to assure both quality and safety of the food we […]MORE
Well, the spring semester is certainly moving along. Spring Break has come and gone, and before we know it Commencement will be here. Hopefully we will soon see signs of spring — daffodils blooming and tulips ready to pop!
In my experience, this time of year can be pressure packed for students. They have exams to prepare for, papers to write, they need to deal with registration issues, and also address housing decisions for next year. Of course, seniors have a whole array of added pressure as they make plans for the next stage of their life after PC.
I think this is always a great time for parents to remind students that we have lots of resources and support services to help them to feel less stressed and more in control. All they have to do is ask for assistance. But I know that for some students asking for help is no easy task. Perhaps, parents, you can give your sons and daughters that extra nudge to get them moving in the right direction. As a very wise person once said,
“When I was a boy and would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me — Look for the helpers. There is always someone who is trying to help.”
Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
So, if your students are feeling a bit overwhelmed right now, please suggest that they look for a “helper” — a chaplain, a counselor, a dean, a hall director, and the list goes on.
Well, the spring semester is certainly moving along. Spring Break has come and gone, and before we know it Commencement will be here. Hopefully we will soon see signs of spring — daffodils blooming and tulips ready to pop! In my experience, this time of year can be pressure packed for students. They have exams […]MORE