Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 4:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday, April 17: Finding its Place: The Catholic Community at Stanford
Presented by the Stanford Historical Society
4:30 p.m., the Sanctuary, Old Union, Stanford University campus
Nancy Greenfield, long term chaplain and program organizer, will introduce and moderate a program with fellow Catholic Community leaders, each highlighting a different aspects of a common history, followed by further discussion with the audience.
Fr. Nathan Castle, Pastor will comment on early decades when Catholic students formed clubs at St. Thomas Aquinas church and University-Church relations developed in a relative harmony that was to be undermined as Catholics and other denominations faced strict limits on their campus activities. The slow resolution of those difficulties and the establishment of St. Ann’s/Newman Center in Palo Alto coincide with Prof. Barbara Gelpi’s arrival at Stanford, where she and her family found St. Ann's to be flourishing center of spirituality, service, and social conscience. It gradually became clear that a move to the central campus would allow greater numbers of students to participate. Because liturgy and music have always been at the core of the Community no matter which place served as home, no historical reflections would be complete without Teresa Pleins, Chaplain and Choir Director, who will focus on the development of creative liturgies, choral programs, and her corresponding work as a chaplain since 1995. Peter Salazar will end with comments on how the past meets the present in the life of an undergraduate member of the Catholic Community. Discussion will follow, and light refreshments will be served after the program.