Religious Studies Department

In the News

  • WXXI reports on Nazareth creating the Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies.
  • Corinne Dempsey, religious studies professor, traveled to Iceland and wrote Bridges between Worlds: Spirits and Spirit Work in Northern Iceland. Her findings are featured in Connections magazine.
  • Christine Bochen, religious studies professor & Thomas Merton scholar, provided expertise for a D&C article on Merton and The Catholic Sun article on Merton's relevance today. "He speaks to young people who are hungry for spiritual meaning and understanding about the violence in our world or in ourselves," says Bochen. Her latest book responds to the Pope's year of mercy theme: The Way of Mercy.
  • Fr. Patrick Desbois, activist, and his team from Paris joined Dr. Susan Nowak, religious studies professor, in mentoring a class of students who worked with Rochester survivors and eyewitnesses of mass violence and trauma. Students learned interview techniques, recorded survivor and eyewitness testimony, and produced a public collection of their work. Watch a video of Fr. Patrick Desbois on CBS 60 Minutes.
  • Thomas Donlin-Smith, religious studies professor, spoke on WXXI Connections May 6, 2016 about a conference at Nazareth College called "Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Nature and Environment in World Religions."