Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein has been a busy bee!

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein has been a busy bee! June 1, 2016

She writes:

So much has happened since I last sent out an all-points update with news of my studies and apostolate that I hardly know where to begin. The biggest news is that, on May 7, I graduated the University of St. Mary of the Lake summa cum laude (see more photos here). Praise God!

My graduation made headlines thanks to Manya Brachear Pashman of the Chicago Tribune, who took an interest in the fact that I was the first woman ever to receive a canonical doctorate from the University of St. Mary of the Lake. I am grateful to her for the great article (pace GetReligion) and to Catholic columnist Matt Abbott (who recently ran an excerpt of Remembering God’s Mercy) for giving her the tip.

Now I am awaiting my work visa so that I may move overseas to begin teaching at a Catholic seminary this fall (am waiting to go public with the seminary’s name until the visa comes through and the official announcement is made). In the meantime, I am enjoying planning my classes for the fall, which providentially are the ones I most want to teach: Eucharist and ecclesiology. Also keeping me busy are my preparations for teaching a five-day workshop on John Paul II’s theology of suffering, which students may take for CPE credit. The workshop is sponsored by the John Paul II Forum (founded by Dr. John Hittinger) and will take place at the University of St. Thomas in Houston from June 13 through 17.

Today was an exciting day for me as I was published for the first time on the New York Times‘ website. The editor of the site’s popular Room for Debate section asked me to weigh in on the question of whether women should be ordained deacons. The debate between myself and female-ordination advocate Christopher J. Hale currently has one hundred and thirty-six reader comments. I have not counted exactly how many of those comments agree with my position, but a rough estimate would be that reader sentiment is running about 135-1 against it.

Other than graduation and preparing for teaching, the aspect of my apostolate that gives me the most joy is sharing the love of Christ through my books, particularly my new one, which I believe is my best: Remembering God’s Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories. I have been working hard to spread the word about it, most recently giving interviews to the National Catholic Register website and to “Catholic Answers Live.”

Thank you so much for your support and especially your prayers. Every day I pray for you and all my family, friends, and readers, also asking Mary to pray for each of you as if she were praying for only you. Please let me know if there is anything in particular that you would like me to pray for.

God bless your work in the Vineyard, Dawn!

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