International Visiting Jesuit Fellows

The International Jesuit Scholars Program is designed to bring Jesuit faculty from colleges and universities around the world to Holy Cross as visiting fellows. The Program is a joint initiative of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture and the Holy Cross Jesuit Community.

Fellow for Spring 2015

Luc Bonaventure Ayité Amoussou, S.J., who originally comes from Benin and the West Africa Province, recently earned his Ph.D. in biblical studies from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto. He is founder and coordinator of Rays of Hope, a center for helping disadvantaged students in Benin. Fr. Amoussou will be in residence at Holy Cross during the fall 2014 semester and a fellow with the Department of Religious Studies in the spring. His teaching will focus on the intersection of politics and religion.

Public Talk: Caesar or God? The Source of Authentic Power according to Mt 22:15-22
March 19, 2014
Take a closer look at a popular proverb long used to support the separation of Church and State, and consider whether it's an apt defense of the modern dichotomy between politics and religion.
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Fellow for 2014-2015

Stephen Buckland, S.J., recently completed his term as Provincial Superior in Zimbabwe. He taught for nearly 12 years at Arrupe College Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities in Harare, Zimbabwe and was Dean of Studies of nearly a decade. At Holy Cross, he is teaching a course on  God, ‘gods’ and African Religion. He gave a lunchtime talk September 30, 2014 on Magic, Religion and Theology in Africa: Some Questions and a Few Answers.


Recent Fellows

Heinrich Watzka, S.J. is professor of philosophy at Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where he also served as rector of faculty. At Holy Cross, his research focused on embodiment from a dualistic perspective and he taught a philosophy course on "Selves and Their Bodies."



PUBLIC LECTURE: Embodied vs. bodily existence? Arguments in favor of a dualistic understanding of human persons
September 11, 2014
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Rev. James Corkery, S.J. is an associate professor of systematic theology at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Dublin, Ireland, and is a popular guest lecturer and past fellow at Holy Cross. He conducted research in theological anthropology and led a seminar course in theology.

Public Lecture: What Are Some of the Things Being Said About the Resurrection Today?
September 17, 2013


Rev. Arul Raja, S.J.Rev. A. Maria Arul Raja, S.J. is director of Studies in the Theologate at Vidyajyoti College's Arul Kadal Centre, in Chennai, India. He is also supervisor of Doctoral Studies at the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions at Loyola College in Chennai. His research has focused on subaltern studies, Dalit theology and theologies of the oppressed. At Holy Cross, he taught a Religious Studies course on Theologies of the Oppressed.

Public Lecture: From Culture of Fragmentation to Culture of Communion
On India's Dalit peoples, September 11, 2012
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Fr. Pattery

Rev. George Pattery, S.J. is the Provincial superior of the Jesuits in Calcutta and Bangladesh. He is author of two books, Satyagraha A Holistic Way of Liberating Solidarity and Gandhi - The Believer: An Indian Christian Perspective. Fr. Pattery taught a course on "Gandhi and Religion."

Public Lecture: Memory, Politics and Forgiveness: A Gandhian Perspective
Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Rev. Francis Britto, S.J.Rev. Francis Britto, S.J. is a native of India who has lived in Japan since 1973. He is a professor at Sophia University Tokyo and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University. At Holy Cross, he taught and researched sociolinguistics.

Public Lecture: Are We All Hindus Now?
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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The Program is designed to give Jesuits from many different countries the time and resources to pursue scholarship, to collaborate with American scholars, and to build a better sense of the Jesuit global community.  We at Holy Cross believe that we will benefit a great deal from the presence of Jesuits from around the globe, and that our many resources can be of help to the Society in its mission.  This initiative promotes the spirit of internationalization endorsed by the recent New England Province congregation and supported by Father General Kolvenbach as an expression of the magis in our times.

The Program complements Holy Cross' other efforts to develop collaborative programs with Jesuit colleges and universities outside the U.S., including a number of the College's study abroad sites for students. Approximately 20 percent of our third year students now study outside of the United States. Our many active collaborations include several Jesuit Instituitions: Université Catholique D'Afrique Centrale in Yaoundé, Camaroon; the Catholica, in Lima, Peru; Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Casa de la Solidaridad in San Salvador, El Salvador; Universitas Sanata Dharma in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. In the summer of 2011 we are introducing the first faculty exchange with Sogang University in Seoul, Korea, and we would like to develop additional programs that are affiliated with Jesuit and Catholic institutions.