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Saint Mary’s lecture series to celebrate St. Teresa of Avila

first_imgKeri O’Mara | The Observer The Center for Spirituality (CFS) at Saint Mary’s announced its spring 2015 lecture series entitled “Saint Teresa of Avila: Carmelite Mystic and Doctor of the Church.”The series will include two talks and one panel discussion, marking the 500th anniversary of Saint Teresa’s birth. According to a press release, the Saint Mary’s College Annual Endowed Lecture Series Fund will sponsor the lectures, which are free and open to the public and will take place in the Vander Vennet Theatre.According to Michelle Egan, associate director of the CFS, the center hosts a series each fall and spring semester encompassing a specific topic or theme.This spring series will follow the 2014 lecture series, “Unitas, Veritas, Caritas: Catholicism and the Liberal Arts and Sciences,” which explored the relationship of faith and reason across disciplines.“When deciding on a theme, we consider the current contemporary religious and theological issues, or if there are any significant milestones within the Church,” Egan said. “The 500th anniversary of Teresa of Avila’s birth is one such milestone.”While other CFS lecture series have focused on larger concepts, such as “facets of justice” or “leadership of Catholic women both past and current,” Egan said the spring 2015 series will discuss rather particular aspects of Teresa’s life and work.The first lecture, titled “Teresa of Avila: Prayer is an Adventure in Love,” will take place Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.“Our first lecturer, Keith Egan, Aquinas chair of Catholic theology emeritus at Saint Mary’s, will explore Teresa’s thoughts on prayer and love because for this saint and doctor of the Church, she spent her life searching for God through prayer,” Egan said. “For her, prayer is an ‘exercise in love.’”On March 3 at 7:30 p.m., the second lecture, “Teresa the Theologian on the Human Person as Capax Dei” will feature a visiting scholar from Fairfield University.“Elizabeth Dreyer, religious studies professor at Fairfield University, will consider Teresa’s work as an incarnational theologian and how that has or hasn’t prospered in the history of Christian theology and spirituality,” Egan said.The third and final lecture of the series will feature a panel of both undergraduate and post-graduate students from Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, titled “Teresa and Us: The Significance of Teresa of Avila for Young Catholic Women Today.” The panel will take place March 19 at 7:30 p.m.“Our final event in the series will be a panel discussion about the significance of Teresa for today’s young Catholic women,” Egan said. “Teresa was certainly a leader in the Church, she was a religious founder, a reformer, and her writings have been, and continue to be, very influential to theologians.”“How she is a source of wisdom is just as relevant today to young women as she was several hundred years ago,” she said.According to Egan, this series furthers the CFS’s purpose, as the organization was established in 1984 as a center to “build a theologically well-grounded spirituality among members of the College and greater South Bend community,” according to the press release.Egan said the events also support the religious and academic missions of the College.“World-renowned scholars come to Saint Mary’s to share their wisdom on contemporary religious issues and to address broader issues of how faith and reason interact,” Egan said.Senior Madison Maidment said she enjoys having the opportunity to hear such scholars discuss aspects of spirituality that are not often elaborated upon in religion courses as fully as possible.“I remember a lot of my friends who are nursing majors were really interested in the fall series because it had lectures concerning things like health care professions and biology,” Maidment said. “This spring series interests me a little more because it gives students a chance to get to know a saint on a more personal, relatable level, and I think that’s an awesome opportunity.“… But both series this school-year have brought topics to the table that aren’t often discussed in our daily lives, and I think these unique themes appeal to a wide variety of students.”Tags: Center for Spirituality, Center for Spirituality lecture series, CFS lecture series, Michelle Egan, Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Teresa of Avila: Carmelite Mystic and Doctor of the Churchlast_img read more

S&P downgrades ratings of six U.S. shale gas producers, puts negative outlook on sector

first_imgS&P downgrades ratings of six U.S. shale gas producers, puts negative outlook on sector FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):S&P Global Ratings cut the credit ratings of six pure-play shale gas producers late Feb. 3, based on worries that they will not be able to refinance billions of dollars in bonds because of expected low gas prices and chronic overspending to drill for gas the market does not want.Ratings also moved the credit outlook for eight of nine pure-play gas producers under its review to negative, with only tiny Marcellus and Utica shale producer Montage Resources Corp. getting an affirmation of its B- rating with a stable outlook.The downgrades and deteriorating outlook came in an environment where natural gas prices are forecast to stay below $3/MMBtu for the next two years, with break-even prices for producers estimated to be $1.80/MMBtu in the Marcellus Shale and $1.94/MMBtu in the Utica Shale, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics. The less-than-$1/MMBtu margin will leave little wiggle room for bad wells, warm winter weather and payments to lenders, much less cash back to shareholders.“We are particularly concerned about some of the issuers’ ability to access the capital markets given investor aversion to the space and their current bond trading yields,” Ratings said in the note accompanying the ratings cuts.“The market is trying to force a pullback in activity,” Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. oil and gas analyst Sameer Panjwani said. Panjwani noted that while producers have hedges to protect production this year, those hedges are not in place for 2021. The analyst thinks that producers need to cut spending far more than their drilling plans in order to balance both their books and an oversupplied gas market.The ratings cut will have an immediate impact on America’s largest natural gas producer, EQT Corp. According to the prospectus for a $1.75 billion bond offering that EQT closed Jan. 21, the S&P Global Ratings downgrade, combined with an earlier downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service, could add up to 0.50% to EQT’s 6.125% and 7% coupon rates for the new bonds due in 2025 and 2030.[Bill Holland]More ($): S&P downgrades 6 shale gas producers; outlook ‘negative’ on sectorlast_img read more