On Friday, April 1, students attended the annual Spring Formal in Downtown Dallas at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. We were thrilled to see so many students dressed to the nines for this UD tradition. All four floors of the local Dallas museum were reserved for UD students to visit all of the different exhibits the Perot had to offer. For the first time ever, we had over 700 students in attendance, and we were thrilled to invite that many University of Dallas students to explore everything from the Perot’s gargantuan dinosaur fossil skeletons to their Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall.
On Thursday, April 7, UD hosted a lecture by Dr. Tom McGovern on Christ’s Crucifixion. Based on his book What Christ Suffered, Dr. McGovern used numerous images to present the best available evidence from ancient literature, inscriptions, artwork, archaeological findings, and medical studies to correct myths about the crucifixion of Christ. He also wove in the essence of the Church’s wisdom about suffering as presented by St. John Paul II in his apostolic letter Salvifici Doloris so that his audience could better understand the purposes and meaning of suffering. Finally, and most importantly, he taught about a paradigm Christ lived during his agony in the garden that can help one better embrace the suffering and challenges in life to grow in holiness.
A native of Escanaba, Michigan, Dr. McGovern completed his M.D. at Mayo Medical School and spent eight years in the U.S. Army, which included biological warfare/vaccine research and a dermatology residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver. He trained in Mohs surgery and cutaneous oncology at Yale and has performed over 30,000 cases of Mohs surgery and facial reconstruction since 2000 at Fort Wayne Dermatology Consultants, where he is a partner-owner.
Dr. McGovern chairs the Young Member Advisory Committee of the Catholic Medical Association that connects the CMA to pre-med students, medical students, and residents in training, and he serves as an at-large voting member on the CMA national board. He is living the dream co-hosting "Doctor, Doctor," the award-winning official weekly radio program and podcast of the CMA that airs on the EWTN global Catholic radio network.
He published his first book, What Christ Suffered (OSV publishing), in 2021 and saw it reach No. 1 in Christian Historical Theology on amazon.com and receive endorsements from Bishop Robert Barron, Curtis Martin, Al Kresta, Ted Sri, and others. He has published medical book chapters on biological warfare (the Plague, the Black Death), dermatoses due to plants, and eczema as well as over 60 scientific articles and many articles for laity.
Late in April, UD’s Pro-Life club, Crusaders for Life, together with the Xenia Women’s Society, will be hosting UD’s first pro-life symposium. On Saturday, April 23, we will have a full day of celebrating life with opportunities to learn more about the pro-life movement within the Catholic Church and how to advocate across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. With guests from outside the university and distinguished faculty speaking, it is sure to be an educational and uplifting event for UD’s campus.