CASC Lumen Magazine_Spring 2022


After 19 years of service, Catholic Studies bids adieu to David Deavel , who will begin a new position in the fall as associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Deavel first started teaching classes in the Department of Catholic Studies and serving as associate editor of LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture in 2003. In 2015, he became a visiting assistant professor and editor-in-chief of LOGOS. Since 2020, he has served as co-director of the Murphy Institute, the Center for Catholic Studies’ joint venture with the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

“Dr. Deavel will be sorely missed by Catholic Studies,” says Dr. Michael Naughton. “His teaching, writing and public speaking has interdisciplinary breadth as well as theological depth. His voice is widely known in the community, and he brings the profundity of the Christian tradition to the public square today. Most of all I will miss his wit, good cheer and friendship.”

Catholic Studies said goodbye earlier this year to Liz Kelly ’08 CSMA , who has moved on from her position as managing editor of LOGOS. A prolific writer, her “Your Heart, His Home” syndicated column appears in many Catholic newspapers and magazines. Her award-winning books include Jesus Approaches and, most recently, Love Like a Saint . She put that talent and experience to good use for the center writing several profile pieces in Lumen, as well as in the day- to-day work of the journal. “We are known for being an academic journal with style,” says LOGOS

Editor David Deavel. “A lot of that was due to a managing editor who has her own style – and knows how to help authors say things with both precision and polish.” Kelly also co-hosted the “Deep Down Things” podcast with Deavel. “Liz doesn’t just talk to you,” Deavel says. “She talks to the Lord for you. And that makes all the difference in the world.” Kelly will continue her writing and speaking career. In the immediate future, she will be helping to facilitate parts of the upcoming Saint Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocesan Synod.

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