College welcomes new director of Center For Spirituality
Observer Staff Report | Friday, September 9, 2016
The Division for Mission at Saint Mary’s recently welcomed Arlene Montevecchio as the new director of the Center for Spirituality.
According to a College press release, Montevecchio earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from St. Norbert College, a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in systemic theology from Duquesne University.
Montevecchio, who took over in the role July 18, served as the director of Center for Social Concerns and as an adjunct faculty member at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.
“My hope is to raise the profile of the Center locally and nationally to honor the vision of the Sisters of the Holy Cross in faithfully responding to the signs of the times in our Church and world,” Montevecchio said in the release. “We will continue to offer high-quality programming, bringing relevant topics in religion and spirituality to the campus and wider community in order to better reflect on the relationship between faith and reason and the individual and social dimensions of spirituality, including attention to poor and marginalized voices.”
Judy Fean, vice president for mission, said in the release that Montevecchio has already done meaningful work for the College.
“Montevecchio’s leadership and expertise will be instrumental in continuing the good work of the Center for Spirituality,” Fean said in the release. “She has already scheduled known speakers for the fall and spring lecture series that will engage the local and broader community in relevant topics that impact our world today and call us to a deeper understanding of the social dimensions of spirituality.”