Just Good Company
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Ivo Sefton de Azevedo has been a professor of international law at three different universities in Brazil -- the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre; the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS); and the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS), a Jesuit university. He won his LL.B. at UFRGS in 1956, and his LL.M., a Master's in Law, at Yale University in 1962. He served two one-year terms as president of the Instituto Cultural Brasileiro Norteamericano in Porto Alegre. His maternal grandfather was an Englishman, Kester Wilson Sefton, who came to Brazil in the 19th century, never went back to England, died and was buried in Brazil in 1931. He and his wife, Déa Teresinha Seben de Azevedo, have two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. After his retirement, Ivo has dedicated most of his time to the family and to reading, chiefly about religion. He subscribes to The Tablet and the National Catholic Reporter, and spends a good deal of time on the Internet, “trying to persuade people who are responsible for progressive Catholic websites to have their materials shown also in Spanish and/or Portuguese so as to reach a wider readership.”

Joan Chittister, O.S.B. is a social psychologist and communications theorist with a doctorate from Penn State University. She is a regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter , writing on issues involving women in church and society, human rights, peace and justice, the Catholic Church and contemporary religious life, and she has published more than 20 books. Sister Joan is past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and served three terms as prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA. She is currently the executive director of Benetvision: a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She has received 11 Honorary Doctorate degrees, the most recent from Saint Michael’s College, Burlington, VT in September 2002. Her latest book, Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope (Wm. B. Eerdmans), will be published in the spring of 2003. In 2002-03 she will address audiences in Portugal, Rome, Wales and will be a keynote speaker at The Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the Palais des Nations (United Nations) in Geneva.

John J. Deeney was a Jesuit for 30 years, seven in the California Province, 23 in the China Province. He has taught at universities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China. His life's work continues to be helping to improve East-West understanding through his teaching, research and publication on Chinese-Western comparative literature and culture. He is currently a professor at the University of Pittsburgh's Center of International Studies and, this school year, he will be teaching graduate courses in Chinese-Western comparative literature and the Bible and/in/as literature at Soochow University in Taiwan.

Edward M. Fashing is a cattle and grain farmer in Sturgeon, Missouri, a lector in his parish, and an activist in several farm organizations. He laments the hard times that have come to farmers in America, and he recommends we read Victor Davis Hanson’s stirring book, FIELDS WITHOUT DREAMS; DEFENDING THE AGRARIAN IDEA, because, he says, “I cannot read the book without weeping. I may never finish it.” Ed has a BS from Loyola University of Chicago (1960) and MS in chemistry from DePaul University (1968). He taught chemistry and physical science for six years at University of Illinois (Chicago, and he has also taught geology, environmental studies, and the chemistry of hazardous materials at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, and physics at Truman State and Columbia College in Missouri. He has done cancer and aflatoxin chemical research, and worked as audio-visual planning editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica Film Corp. Some 43 years ago, he married Annette Lubker. They produced five children, all members of Four-H, and raised ten Missouri State Fair and county fair champion steer carcasses. Ed was Newman Community faculty moderator at two Illinois colleges.

David Gawlik is a Board member of Corpus, an association for an inclusive priesthood that is rooted in a strong Eucharistic commitment and promotes an expanded and renewed priesthood of married and single men and women in the Church. He is the editor of Corpus Reports, his organization’s bi-monthly journal, and he publishes a daily e-zine M I R A B I L E  D I C T U. His publishing company, Caritas Communications, helps authors publish their own books on spirituality/vision/transformation. He is also co-pastor of Blessed John XXIII, a Sophia-oriented small faith community in Pennsylvania.

Sister Frances Gimber is a longtime member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She has been a teacher of English and religion in her order’s secondary schools, and an administrator in the US and in Japan. She spent seven years in Rome in her congregation’s communications secretariat, and has recently published a biography of Marie Louise Schroen, one of the congregation's legendary formation directors. Sister Gimber did volunteer work for the Rome office of the Jesuit Refugee Service, and kept a photo of Pedro Arrupe on her desk. She is now giving courses in the history of her order as part of her order’s formation program and is taking over the order’s archivist this fall in St. Louis, Missouri.

Filo Hirota is a longtime member of the leadership team of her ancient order, the Mercedarian Sisters, founded during the Crusades for the ransom of captives. She has worked in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Guatemala. She has worked at the Office for Human Development of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences, and on the Catholic Council for Justice and Peace of the Japanese Bishops Conference. In 1998, she was an auditor at the Asian Synod in Rome, and has been a member of the Commission on the Justice of the International Union of Superiors Generals in Rome, and will be reassigned to Japan before the end of 2002.

John Horgan is Professor of Journalism at Dublin City University – the first academic in Ireland to hold such a position. He has had two careers, one in journalism, the other in politics. He joined The Irish Times in Dublin later in 1963, and, as The Times’ religion editor, was sent to Rome to cover the final session of the Council. John covered all the Roman synods and numerous other church events in Ireland and abroad until 1973, when he became the editor of The Education Times. John was elected to the Irish Senate in 1969, along with Mary Robinson, later President of Ireland. With Mary Robinson, he was involved in a number of important political and legislative initiatives. He became a member of the Dail (the Irish Parliament) in 1977, and a member of the parliament of the European Union in 1981. His writings on church-related topics have included The Last Revolution (1965) a translation of a seminal work on the development of doctrine by the radical Dominican theologian L.-J. Lebret; a chapter in Humanae Vitae: The History of the Debate (1968), The Church Among the People (1969), a study of the post-Conciliar church, and Humanae Vitae: the encyclical and the responses of the national hierarchies, which he co-edited with Austin Flannery, O.P. His more recent writings have been largely politics and media-related, but he is a regular contributor on religion topics to journals such as The Furrow, Doctrine and Life and Commonweal.

Donald Junkins, Just Good Company’s poetry editor, is an American poet and critic, author of ten volumes of poetry, including the forthcoming Late At Night in the Rowboat, and Journey to the Corrida, Playing for Keeps, and Crossing by Ferry, plus eight critical articles on Ernest Hemingway. He has won several awards for his poems, including three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has delivered Hemingway papers at nine international Hemingway conferences. He directed the Master of Fine Arts Program in English at the University of Massachusetts for ten years and taught poetry and American Literature there and several other universities and private schools in America, Germany and Italy. He won an American Fulbright to China in 1993 and taught Hemingway and American Poetry at the University of Xiamen, China. His poems have been translated into French, Ukrainian, and Chinese. In addition to his books, his poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review and thirty-five other American journals.

Jack Keating was a star pitcher for the St. Ignatius High School Wildcats in the early 1950s, joined the California Province of the Society of Jesus in 1955, then left in 1969 to pursue what became a distinguished career in academe. His has a graduate degree in philosophy and theology from Gonzaga University and Santa Clara University, and both an M.A. and a Ph.D from Ohio State University in Social Psychology. In 1990, he was founding dean of the two branch campuses of University of Washington (in Tacoma and Bothel), and in l994 became provost of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In l998 he was installed as the fifth Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Parkside (on Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee), a comprehensive university for 5,500 students in the University of Wisconsin System.

Robert Krasnansky began the conflict resolution in schools movement in Maryland which has led to peer mediation programs in hundreds of schools. He has run over a dozen conferences for educators and students on behavior issues, and served as editor for the National Association for Mediation in Education. He produced 90 programs for public access cable television promoting global perspectives. And he has initiated partnerships between his church and churches in El Salvador and on the West Bank. Bob is a former Jesuit from the Maryland Province. He has an MA in English, has taught Latin, English and Theology at the secondary level, and has owned his own business. He is a leader in an organization of former Jesuits on the East Coast, administers a Listserv for that group and helps organize their annual meetings.

Linda Mitchell Maloney received most of her higher education (and three degrees) from Saint Louis University, adding one more from the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen in Germany. Since 1995 she has been academic editor at The Liturgical Press in Collegeville, MN. She is an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and a candidate for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church.

Sr. Mary John Mananzan is a Missionary Benedictine Sister who served for 18 years as Dean of College of St. Scholastica's College in Manila Philippines and finished her two terms there as President in April 2002. She took her graduate studies in the Wilhemsuniversitaet in Muenster Germany and at the Gregorian University in Rome obtaining a Ph.D in linguistic philosophy and a minor in systematic theology and missiology. She was international coordinator of the Women's Commission of EATWOT (the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians) for five years and was the association's Executive Secretary-Treasurer until September 2001. She was also member of the International Editorial Board of CONCILIUM. She now serves as executive director of the Institute of Women's Studies at St. Scholastica's College and is national chairperson of GABRIELA, a federation of women's organizations in the Philippines. She is currently is doing research as a Fellow of the Asian Public Intellectual Program in four Asian countries on Woman, Religion, and Spirituality in Asia.

Anne Marie Mongoven, O.P. is professor emerita at Santa Clara University in California, where she designed the curriculum for the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries and acted as its director for eight years. She has a PhD in Catechetics and taught both fundamental theology and catechetics in the graduate program at Santa Clara. She has published several books including her most recent The Prophetic Spirit of Catechesis and a creative series of catechetical texts for children entitled Living Waters. Her articles have been published in America, Worship, Chicago Studies, The Living Light and other journals. She is a member of the Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, Dominicans.

Gaston Roberge, SJ, was born in Montreal in 1935, went through the normal course of studies in the Jesuit Order, and has lived as a missionary in the Province of Calcutta (now called Kolkata) since 1961. He got his MA in theater arts (Film) at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1970. With the support of the late Satyajit Ray, he founded a communication center, CHITRABANI, in Kolkata. From 1996 to 1999, Father Roberge was executive secretary for social communication at the Jesuit Curia in Rome. He has published 12 books -- on communication, cinema, human development and spirituality. One book, Communication Cinema Development received a national award (special mention) for best book on film at the 46th National Film Festival of India in 1999. He currently teaches communications at the Jesuit college of Kolkata.

Mary Doria Russell has a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan and she is a convert from Catholicism to Reform Judaism. Her critically acclaimed best selling novels, The Sparrow and Children of God have been called uncannily accurate and sympathetic portrayals of Jesuit life and spirituality by Jesuit readers and reviewers. The Sparrow, which was a Book of the Month Club selection, has sold from 20,000 to 30,000 copies every year since its publication in 1996. At her website http://www.MaryDoriaRussell.info one can find a list of overseas publishers, and her literary prizes, plus photos and interviews and review excerpts of each book. She is currently writing her third novel, A Thread of Grace, from her home in Cleveland, Ohio.

Elizabeth (Bea) Scott is a young mother living in Cincinnati, where she and her husband, Steve, are teachers. Bea is a former Jesuit Volunteer and former member of the board of directors of JVC: Southwest. She wrote her MA thesis (in the catechetics program at Santa Clara University) on the martyrs of El Salvador. She has led and/or participated in 11 trips to El Salvador. She taught Spanish and Religious Studies at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco and Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, where she developed a course that integrated Spanish and Religious Studies and culminated in an immersion trip to El Salvador.

Ingrid Shafer, a native of Innsbruck, Austria, holds graduate degrees in literature, human relations, and philosophy. She is Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Mary Jo Ragan Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma where she has taught since 1968. In 2002, she was the recipient of the Medal of Excellence for University Teaching in the State of Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, the greatest honor a higher education faculty member can receive in the State of Oklahoma. She is a board member of the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC), the Association for Communal Harmony in Asia, and the Global Dialogue Institute, and national area chair for religion and culture of the Popular Culture Association. Her most recent book, Religions in Dialogue: From Theocracy to Democracy, co-edited with Alan Racewas, was published by Ashgate in fall 2002. In addition to four previous books, Dr. Shafer has published more than seventy articles, book chapters, and poems. Since 1986, she has been a regular contributor to Good News Homily Service. She maintains the ARCC websites, and manages Vatican2, the ARCC online discussion forum. Her article, "From Noosphere to Theosphere: Cyclotrons, Cyberspace, and Teilhard's Vision of Cosmic Love," appeared in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science in December 2002. Dr. Shafer has lectured in America, Europe, Africa and Asia. She was an invited speaker on Science and Religion at the 1999 Parliament of World Religions and she offered workshops on Peace and Dialogue in Japan in May and August 2002. In addition to the ARCC site, she designs, publishes, and maintains numerous websites dedicated to developing a global ethic and building bridges between diverse academic, ideological,religious, and cultural worlds, and has just taken on the design of Just Good Company. Her main domain with links to most of her web projects is http://ecumene.org.

Patt Shea graduated from Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood, California, a major in drama. She soon married Jack Shea, a television producer-director (a two-term president of the Director’s Guild). After mothering five children and spending some 20 years in countless writing classes at UCLA, she became a successful sit-com writer, for ALL IN THE FAMILY, ARCHIE BUNKER’S PLACE, HAPPY DAYS, LOU GRANT, and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. She was a three-time finalist for the Humanitas Award and a winner of the Scott Newman Award. She has been a member of the Committee on Communications of the U.S. Conference of Bishops. And, with Jack Shea, she helped found CATHOLICS in MEDIA ASSOCIATES. (CIMA), an organization that applauds and recommends current programs and film productions that uplift and enlighten what it means to human. She and her writing partner, Bud Wiser, have turned to writing feature movies.

Carol Stanton is the director of development at Glastonbury Abbey, Massachusetts, a community of 13 Benedictine men and a worshipping community of more than 250. She has an M.Phil in ecumenics from the Irish School of Ecumenics, Dublin and an M.A. in religious education from St. Louis University. Last year, she won a Ph.D in theology from Trinity College in Dublin, with a thesis on the Irish Catholic Church in the Public Arena . She has worked in the Education Outreach of St. Luke Institute, in Silver Spring, Maryland, and spent a number of years in her home town of Orlando, Florida, as communications director of the Diocese of Orlando, and worked there as a TV news reporter and anchor for the ABC and NBC affiliates.

Kevin Starr is the acknowledged dean of California studies, the most eminent living authority on the history of California. He was appointed State Librarian by Gov. Pete Wilson, a Republican, and re-appointed by Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat. He graduated from the University of San Francisco and earned his MA and Ph.D. degrees in American literature at Harvard University. In addition to his teaching load at the University of Southern California, where he holds an endowed chair, he is a full time historian and the author of six volumes of California history published by the University of Oxford Press. The latest of them is Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940-1950. In progress: Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2002 . He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his writing, and a post-doctoral fellowship in California studies at the University of California has been named in his honor.

Leonard Swidler is professor of Catholic thought and interreligious dialogue at Temple University in Philadelphia, and editor of The Journal of Ecumenical Studies. He is the founder-director of the Center for Global Ethics, a leader of interreligious dialogues in Africa and Asia, and the founder of the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church. He has edited or authored more than 50 books – among them a hugely relevant work called Toward a Catholic Constitution, a study that shows how a constitutional government for the Church at every level can help bring accountability to the Church.