Jessica Hooten Wilson, Ph.D., MA ’06, discovered her vocation as soon as she stepped into the classroom as a high school teacher.
"Similar to that line from Chariots of Fire, I felt God’s pleasure standing in front of a group of students," Hooten Wilson said. "I realized I was designed to teach even though I didn't know enough about how to teach or even what I was teaching."
The University of Dallas honored 130 parish ministry leaders and deacons for completing certificate programs through the Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry at a special Commencement Liturgy and Graduation on Saturday, May 22. Held one week after the 62nd annual Commencement ceremony for the university’s academic degree graduates, the special Neuhoff event was held to accommodate both 2020 and 2021 graduates, since the pandemic prevented an in-person celebration last year.
For more than 15 years, Monsignor Thomas Fucinaro has served as chaplain on the University of Dallas’ Eugene Constantin Campus (affectionately known as Due Santi) just outside of Rome, Italy. However, in May, Pope Francis reassigned him to his home diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning on Feb. 2, 2022, as pastor of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ.
The University of Dallas is pleased to welcome Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, Iraq, as a special guest and keynote speaker at the 61st annual Spring Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 16, honoring the Class of 2021. This year, UD will award more than 500 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry and Satish and Gupta College of Business.
“As a priest, it’s been a blessing that my first assignment was to serve a college campus,” said UD Chaplain Father Thomas More Barba, BA ’09 ’10. “Young people need to see that their priests are approachable and can connect with them. Being present on campus as a Dominican, walking around campus and being approachable to students, faculty, or anyone who is here, has been a happy, providential thing.”