Author: University of Mary

Man Who Has Impacted Thousands of Catholic Youth is 2016 Prayer Day Keynote

FOCUS founder, Curtis Martin, to share message of evangelization with people of all ages at popular University of Mary event   BISMARCK, ND — What type of person has the vision to bring together hundreds of college students across America? ­What type of person inspires those same students to rally thousands more at campuses across the country so they’re fired up about their faith? What type of person can sustain that momentum, that energy, that synergy, for nearly 18 years and counting, to make this evangelization with today’s youth the fastest growing national Catholic outreach today? He’s Curtis Martin — a man who has first-hand experience of losing his Catholic faith as a child only to start finding it again in college. Through an involvement with an interdenominational evangelical Christian group during his years at Louisiana State University, he discovered that there was no such organization for young Catholics like him who had fallen away from their faith. Later in life, that realization inspired him and his wife Michaelann, to create a crusade of young people, fresh out of Catholic colleges and universities, that go back to school — mostly secular campuses — and meet those Catholic peers where they are and help them rediscover or search for a deeper understanding of their faith. That’s the genesis of their evangelization missionaries called FOCUS — Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Martin, FOCUS founder...

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University of Mary Presents ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

BISMARCK, ND — Since its first performance on Christmas Eve, 1951, Gian–Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors has taken its place with A Christmas Carol as a holiday classic. The University of Mary follows this tradition with its performance of the one-act opera on Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m., in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel in the Benedictine Center for Servant Leadership building on the campus of the University of Mary. The story tells of the night the Three Kings, following the star to Bethlehem, stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy. When Amahl offers his own simple gift to the Christ Child, a miracle happens. According to Katherine Henjum, associate professor of voice and director of the production, “The performance of Amahl has become a tradition at the University of Mary. It was the first opera commissioned especially for television and is a dear, touching story, highlighting the importance and power of generosity. It is truly a deeply meaningful way to start the Thanksgiving and Advent season. It is always a joy to work with the students and my colleagues on this production.” The performance, which is approximately 50 minutes long, is free and open to the...

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A Unique Audience Experience Brings a New Level of Suspense to Drama at Mary

BISMARCK, ND — We’ve all thought it. Who wouldn’t want to be a “fly on the wall,” so to speak, as a jury deliberates the fate of the accused during a high-profile court case? Now theatergoers get their chance as the University of Mary “summons” one and all to its jury-room for the production of “Twelve Angry Jurors,” Thursday, November 19, through Saturday, November 21 in Arno Gustin Hall on campus. The production, with showings Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., is based on the classic and gripping 1957 film “12 Angry Men.” This compelling and provocative story surrounds a teenage boy who is on trial for killing his father. His fate, in what appears to be an open-and-shut murder trial that would send the boy to the electric chair with a guilty verdict, is in the hands of 12 jurors deliberating in a small jury-room on a hot summer day. However, unlike most theater productions, the University of Mary version, directed by Professor of Theater, Dan Bielinski, has a twist unique to members of the audience. “‘12 Angry Jurors’ will be presented as ‘theater-in-the-round,’ which is meant to be an immersive experience for the audience, making them ‘part of the action’ rather than just spectators,” said Bielinski. “I wanted to do a stripped-down, minimalist, immersive...

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North Dakota’s New Thought-Provoking Magazine on the Northern Great Plains

The University of Mary Press debuts its new publication, 360 Review magazine, a high-quality coffee table read for people of all interests   BISMARCK, ND — Don’t let his eastern background, his Irish name, or, even that hint of a Canadian accent fool you. More than anything, being an “outsider” should probably be regarded as a prerequisite, rather than a barrier, to being the editor-in-chief of a magazine that presents in-depth content about the Northern Great Plains. Patrick McCloskey is that person behind the new 360 Review magazine released today by the University of Mary Press, in Bismarck. “But Canada lies just...

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