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University of St. Thomas selects first woman president

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Dr. Julie Sullivan, executive vice president and provost of the University of San Diego, will become the first woman and the first lay person to serve as president of the University of St. Thomas in its 128-year history, the university announced yesterday.

The St. Thomas Board of Trustees unanimously elected Sullivan, 55, to succeed Father Dennis Dease, who will retire June 30 after 22 years as 14th president of Minnesota’s largest private college or university.

Fr. Tissa Balasuriya: a loving and gentle rebel

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Oblate Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, a noted theologian, economist and human rights activist, died Jan. 17 in Sri Lanka. He was 89.

He founded the Centre for Society and Religion in Colombo in 1971 with the aim of fostering interreligious and interracial action for justice and peace. He was also instrumental in founding the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians in the mid-1970s.

Pro-life, eco-feminist activist Mary Krane Derr dies

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The sudden death of "pro-life, eco-feminist" activist Mary Krane Derr just weeks prior to the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision took her friends by surprise. Derr, 49, who suffered from chronic health problems, became ill in India, where she was doing a poetry reading, and died Nov. 30 after returning to her Chicago home. She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Derr, her daughter, Sarah, and a grandson.

NCR Board member leads bi-cultural life

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NCR Board member, Loida Nicolas-Lewis, met recently in Manila with its recently appointed archbishop, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. It’s not unusual for Lewis to be traveling her native country. She returns there nearly monthly to look into the many activities she is involved in there.  Loida, a philanthropist, author and lawyer, is the former National Chairwoman of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, the largest advocacy group for Filipino Americans in the United States. She is also the chair of U.S.

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