St. Scholastica choirs perform last show of the season

St. Scholastica 2016-17 choir. Submitted / The College of St. Scholastica
The College of St. Scholastica’s choirs will close out the 2016-17 Spotlight season with a concert performance titled “Equilibrium” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 in the Mitchell Auditorium.

Through their selection of music, St. Scholastica choirs will explore opposing relationships and how these relationships can ultimately create symmetry.

Tickets are $5. For more information, contact the Spotlight box office at or 218-723-7000.

Faculty talk explores pilgrimage as homemaking

A faculty talk at The College of St. Scholastica later this week will explore the idea of pilgrimage as homemaking.

Dr. Denise Starkey, chair and associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, will present a faculty colloquium from 3:40 to 4:40 p.m. Friday, April 21 in Tower Hall room 4119.

The presentation is free and open to the public, and refreshments are provided. The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Spiritual homelessness is a way of naming an experience for many survivors of childhood violence. Survivors often have an all-consuming desire to belong, to find home, and to be at home. The attempt to find a community of belonging – a material, psychic, spiritual home — as a source of solidarity and companionship for the healing journey too often involves the survivor miming acceptable responses to their abuse and healing.

Traditional metaphors for God and understandings of suffering place the burden for the ongoing suffering of trauma upon the victim. Meanwhile, the mainstream, idealized mythos of home and belonging, spoken about in Christian tradition, also places arrival or homecoming in an after-this-world realm.

While some survivors adapt to a certain religiosity, others come to recognize that dominant metaphors, images of God, languages of sin, and explanations of suffering do not fit their experiences, so they search elsewhere. While there is a healing, and as Starkey argues, a holy quest at work, often this seeking and searching is misunderstood and judged. A false stability is prized over what is misnamed as instability.

Starkey suggests that the universal and ancient practice of pilgrimage can become a form of “home-making.” Both the practice and the metaphor of pilgrimage offers an additional way of understanding home as more than a destination; a place that one returns to when the pilgrimage is completed. Instead, pilgrimage as homemaking opens up imaginative ways to explore one’s self “on pilgrimage,” as Dorothy Day expressed it. Pilgrimage as homemaking offers ways to explore that God travels with us and makes her home within us.

The presentation is part of a faculty colloquium series now in its tenth year. The series provides visibility to diverse research projects by faculty members in St. Scholastica’s School of Arts and Letters.

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Federal judge Schiltz to deliver St. Scholastica commencement address

Federal judge Patrick Schiltz will deliver the commencement address to the spring 2017 graduates of The College of St. Scholastica, his alma mater.

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in Amsoil Arena at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

Judge Schiltz was born and raised in Duluth. He graduated summa cum laude from The College of St. Scholastica and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After serving as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Schiltz practiced for six years as an associate and two years as a partner at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis.

Schiltz left private practice in 1995 to join the faculty of Notre Dame Law School, where he quickly became a popular professor and a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of legal ethics and appellate procedure. The class of 1999 elected Schiltz as “Teacher of the Year.”

In 2000, Schiltz left Notre Dame to become the founding associate dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. In 2002, Schiltz was named the St. Thomas More Chair in Law, the first endowed chair at the School of Law.

From 1997 to 2006, Schiltz served as the Reporter to the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In that capacity, he worked closely with many federal judges, including Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. and Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Schiltz was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush on Dec. 14, 2005, and his nomination was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 26, 2006.

Schiltz is married to Elizabeth R. Schiltz, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. They have four children.

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