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June 12, 2024

Free Virtual Discussion Night: Tropical Tree Diversity with Dr. Dan Koenemann

Mark your calendars for a fascinating discussion on Tuesday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. EST as CDU welcomes Dr. Dan Koenemann for a captivating presentation "Toward a Better Understanding of Tropical Tree Diversity."  This virtual event will be held on Zoom. Secure your spot by registering here. Dr. Koenemann, a renowned expert in tropical forestry, will guide us through the awe-inspiring world of tropical forests. His presentation aims to deepen our appreciation of these vital ecosystems by exploring their intricate diversity. From morphological and ecological variations to genetic and reproductive differences, tropical forests offer a treasure trove of natural wonder that Dr. Koenemann is eager to share.  Dr. Koenemann hopes that participants will "come to a greater realization of the wonder of the natural world and of creation." Catholic Social Teaching invites us to enter into a relationship of respect and care for the earth. Dr. Koenemann’s presentation will help form a fuller understanding of the delicacy of the environment and our role in caring for God’s creation. This appreciation will inspire respect and a feeling of responsibility to care for these God-given environments, viewing them as a divine gift deserving of our stewardship. Join us as we discuss some key topics, including:
  • The incredible diversity of plants in tropical forests
  • The various forms of diversity within these ecosystems, including morphological, ecological, genetic, and reproductive aspects
  • The crucial importance of ongoing research in understanding and preserving tropical forests
This event is not only an opportunity to expand your knowledge but also to be transformed by the divinely creative beauty of tropical forests. Dr. Koenemann's insights promise to leave you inspired and motivated to contribute to the conservation of our planet's most diverse and vibrant habitats. Don't miss this chance to engage with one of the foremost experts in tropical tree diversity. Register today and prepare to embark on a journey into the heart of nature's most magnificent forests.
April 12, 2024

Discussion Night “The mystery of church in the thought of Gottfriend W. Leibniz (1646-1715)”

You’re Invited: Virtual Discussion Night onThe mystery of church in the thought of Gottfriend W. Leibniz (1646-1715) with Rev. Dr. Avelino Gonzalez-Ferrer Join us as we delve into the mysteries of Leibniz's understanding of the Nature of the Church. This promises to be a stimulating and spiritually enriching event that you won't want to miss. Mark your calendar for this enlightening virtual Discussion Night on April 25th at 7:30 p.m. EST on Zoom. About Rev. Dr. Avelino Gonzalez-Ferrer Our speaker, Rev. Dr. Avelino Gonzalez-Ferrer, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this discussion. As a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Washington and former Vatican official, Dr. Gonzalez-Ferrer holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. His insights promise to deepen our understanding of Leibniz's theological-metaphysics and its relevance to contemporary ecclesiology. We’ll Explore
  • Gain a deeper understanding of Leibniz's concept of the Church as a "moral person."
  • Learn how Leibniz's theological-metaphysics can inform our contemporary understanding of the nature of the Church.
  • Engage in stimulating discussion and exchange ideas with fellow members of the CDU community.
Details Date: April 25th/span> Time: 7:30 p.m. EST Platform: Zoom To register follow the link 
February 20, 2024

Dr. Sophia Aguirre’s Visionary Conversation on Guadalupe Network Radio

In a recent episode of "Catholic Lunch Break" on Guadalupe Network Radio, Dr. Sophia Aguirre joined host Wyatt Goolsby for a compelling conversation that highlighted her journey in Catholic Distance University’s mission, education and her innovative vision for the future of Catholic Distance University. Dr. Sophia Aguirre, renowned for her expertise in economics and higher education brings a unique perspective to the dialogue. As an educator, author, and advocate for the marginalized, her insights resonate deeply with those seeking to integrate their faith into their daily lives and societal interactions. They talk about the transformative potential of technology, and how CDU is pioneering the integration of AI and big data design into the curriculum, providing students with cutting-edge skills that are essential for success in the digital age. However, unlike secular institutions CDU remains deeply committed to ensuring that these advancements are guided by a Christian anthropology—a framework that recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of every human person. CDU also prepares to launch new initiatives in online education, including an exclusively Spanish-language program on Catholic social teaching. By offering students a holistic education that integrates faith, reason, and technological innovation, CDU seeks to empower them to become leaders in their fields while remaining steadfast in their Christian identity. In conclusion, Dr. Sophia Aguirre's goals for Catholic education, as shared on "Catholic Lunch Break," offers a compelling glimpse into the future of online learning. With a focus on liberal arts education, AI, Ecclesial administration management and big data design that prepares students for success in their careers. As we embark on this journey together, may we draw inspiration from CDUs vision and strive to build a world where education nurtures both minds and souls. To listen to the full episode please visit Guadalupe Radio Network To watch the full interview please visit Catholic Distance University (
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