The Joy of the Gospel

On February 28th of this past academic year, a book discussion of Evangelli Gaudium, or Joy of the Gospel, by Pope Francis, took place at Rosary Hall. Copies of the book had been distributed earlier to faculty, staff and students. Many more read the book than could attend the discussion, but a large group was able to join in the discussion that morning.

library1_016Deacon John Hoffman, coordinator of Dominican Ministries, facilitated the discussion. All participants were impressed with the easy accessibility of the Pope’s writing, especially how Pope Francis made difficult concepts clear and understandable. A striking part of the discussion was how each person could see that Pope Francis had a message that seemed to apply to them personally. Our discussion could have gone on for several days, but a couple of hours were all we had that day.


The Joy of the Gospel is divided into five chapters. The Church’s Missionary Transformation is treated first, then the Crisis of Communal Commitment, The Proclamation of the Gospel, The Social Dimension of Evangelization, and finally, Spirit Filled Evangelizers. Pope Francis weaves ambitious Church goals with practical suggestions seamlessly, in an easily readable text. The simplicity and humility of our new Pope is readily evident in his work. The joy was recognizable in his words, and in our discussion of his words and their implications for us.

After the discussion, several copies of the book were presented to the Albertus Magnus Library, so this new and exciting work will be available to all in the Albertus Community. In making this work available, and promoting its reading and discussion, Albertus Magnus College has shown again how our Catholic Identity is lived.

To learn more about the Dominican Exercises here at Albertus Magnus College, click here.

Sister AnneSister Anne Kilbride, O.P., special assistant to the president for the promotion of the Catholic, Dominican Heritage at Albertus Magnus College. She came to the College in 2011 as a consultant to gather ideas and make recommendations on new and creative ways to strengthen the College’s long relationship with the Dominican Sisters. Now she assists the College in developing academic and social links with national and international Dominican teachers and preachers.

Sister Anne received a bachelor’s degree in English and education from Southern Connecticut State University, and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame in theology and Boston College in pastoral ministry; she also pursued further study in counseling, family counseling and theology at the University of Notre Dame, Ohio Dominican University and St. Joseph College.

Deeply involved in congregational ministry and leadership for the past decade, she served as a member of her congregation’s leadership team and as prioress. Her primary focus has been to promote Dominican life and mission now and into the future.

Forever A Falcon

Before Graduating on May 18th 2014, we asked Patrick Dornfried to reflect on his Albertus experience and describe the memories that he’ll take with him in the next chapter of his life.

As graduation approaches and I ready myself for the next step in my life, I find it helpful to take a look at the last four years at Albertus and realize how truly blessed I was to be able to call Albertus my home. I will forever be grateful for the friends I made and for the professors and coaches that molded me into the person that I am today.

I came into Albertus as a freshman worried about opening up and meeting new people. However, from my first day at Orientation, it was like I had been a student there for years. I made some of my best friends that first day; friends that I call my best friends now four years later. It also helped that I was on the baseball team, so I had a mutual interest with all of those kids as well.

Team shot

The baseball team, coaches and mentors became like a second family to me. Four years of college baseball went by so fast; it’s hard to believe that my baseball career is already over. However, I wouldn’t have wanted to end my career anywhere else other than at Albertus with my coaches and teammates. I have so many fond memories of spring baseball trips down south. The memories from the bus ride and at the condo complex are memories that I will carry with me until the day I die. It would be impossible for me to have a single favorite memory about my four years on the baseball team because there are so many memories that come to mind when I attempt to think of one.

It’s surreal to think that in less than a week, I’ll be walking across the stage with a diploma in my hands. It may sound cliché but the saying that “time flies when you’re having fun” has never felt so true to me. The past four years have flown by so fast that it seems like a blur. I am eternally grateful to all of the professors, coaches, students, and teammates that made my past four years at Albertus the best of my life.

When August comes around and what would have been move in day comes, I know there will be a part of me that wishes I could go back. Albertus has been my home for the last four years. In my heart, it will find a home forever. Much love.

PatrickPatrick Dornfried
Hometown: Berlin, Connecticut.
Year: Senior
Position: Infield Field / Pitcher
Major: Accounting

Reunion 2014

IMG_5226The Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association Board of Governors look forward to welcoming and celebrating Reunion milestone classes ending in 4 and 9 at Reunion 2014. Alumni, friends and family are invited to join us on Saturday, June 14 to catch up with old friends, rekindle bonds and perhaps learn something new at one of our Enrichment Sessions. Alumni of all classes and all programs are encouraged to attend Reunion, this annual event provides us all with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our beautiful campus and reminisce.

Reunion day has evolved over the years to include a number of new and exciting activities. We will begin the day with a Liturgy in loving memory of deceased classmates and friends at 10 a.m. in the St. Albert Atrium of the Tagliatela Academic Center. The Luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. will feature the President’s Address, Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association, presentation of the Alumni of the Year Awards and Golden Society Induction Ceremony with champagne toast honoring the class of 1964.

We are very pleased to announce the Alumni of the Year honorees: Christopher Berg ’06, ’12 M.A. Leadership, Premier Achievement Award and Elizabeth Driscoll Jorgensen ’85, Alumni of the Year. Read more about your fellow alumni here.

Other highlights of this year’s Reunion include:

045Session 1: Bette Francesconi Isacoff ’68, ’13 M.F.A. presents Memoirs and Memories of Albertus

2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Room 101, Hubert Campus Center
Isacoff received her BA in 1968 and her MFA in Creative Writing in 2013 from Albertus Magnus College and the College figures prominently in her book, Star Crossed. Join Bette for a discussion, reading, signing and walk down memory lane.

Session 2: Suzanne Palmieri ’95, The Lost Witch
2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Room 113, Tagliatela Academic Center
Discussion, reading and signing by Albertus alumna, faculty member and novelist Suzanne Palmieri (Hayes) author of The Witch of Little Italy, (Saint Martin’s Press/Griffin), and co-author of I’ll be Seeing You (MIRA Harlequin). She has two upcoming novels due out in May 2014, The Witch of Belladonna Bay and Empire Girls.

Session 3: Beer Loves Cheese
3:45 – 4:45 p.m., DeDominicis Dining Hall, 2nd floor, Hubert Campus Center
Join Jason Sobocinski, cheese expert, owner and founder of New Haven’s award-winning restaurant/cheese shop, Caseus Fromagerie Bistro, for a guided tasting of beer and cheese.

Session 4: Faculty Panel Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis
3:45 – 4:45 p.m., Behan Community Room, Hubert Campus Center
Panelists include: Ross Edwards, Assistant Professor of Political Science; Eric Schoek, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities; Dr. Matt Waggoner, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion; and Sarah Wallman, Associate Professor/Co-Director MFA Program. Moderated by Natalie DeVaull, Assistant Professor and Director of the Writing Program.

Also available throughout the day will be tours, residence hall visits and an art exhibit presented by the Albertus Magnus College Master of Arts in Art Therapy program faculty and students, “Small Works, Shared Spirits” Exhibit, in the MacDonough Art Gallery, on the first floor of the Hubert Campus Center. Finally, the day will conclude with the Cocktail Soirée featuring live music.038

All reunion details and registration are now available online. Campus Map, Class Lost List, Lodging Information and Questionnaire available upon request, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 203-773-8502 or email