For Immediate Release — March 31, 2005



History Department to bring author to Geneseo to discuss "The Genesee Diary"

GENESEO, N.Y. — The Reverend Gerald S. Twomey, Ph.D., will deliver the annual C.R. Bailey Alumni Lecture at the State University of New York at Geneseo at 2 p.m. on April 9. The lecture, which will take place in the Hunt Room of the MacVittie College Union, is sponsored by the college’s history department, and is free and open to the public.

Twomey will present "Some Leaves from Henri Nouwen’s The Genesee Diary," and will discuss prominent Catholic writer Nouwen’s 1974 stay at the Abbey of the Genesee in neighboring Piffard, N.Y. The seven-month stay resulted in Nouwen’s well-known book "The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery."

Twomey received his B.A. at SUNY Geneseo in 1975, his M.A. at the Catholic University of America, and his Ph.D. at the Graduate Theological Foundation. He has served as adjunct professor at St. John’s University, St. Joseph’s College, Molloy College and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He is currently a pastor of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Brentwood, N.Y.

Twomey is the author of The Preferential Option for the Poor in Catholic Social Thought from John XXIII to John Paul II. He also edited Thomas Merton: Prophet in the Belly of a Paradox, wrote When Catholics Marry Again: A Guide for the Divorced, Their Families, and Those Who Minister to Them, and is currently editing Creative Minister: The Legacy of Henri J.M. Nouwen.

Refreshments will be served at the Bailey Alumni lecture.

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