Kiera Stubbs

Kiera Stubbs
Kiera Stubbs is a senior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and minoring in the Hesburgh Program of Public Service. Outside of class, she interns for the McGrath Institute and participates in the Women’s Boxing Club on campus. She’s interested in the philosophy of religion and is writing her thesis on the relationship between faith and the heart in the works of Pascal, Kierkegaard and Kant.

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Identity and Belonging in an All-Girls School

Posted by Kiera Stubbs on Jul 24, 2019 7:00:00 PM

The questions “Who am I?” and “Where do I belong?” are complicated for any high schooler, and perhaps even more so for young women attending a competitive, all-girls Catholic school. Sarah Shutrop, Director of Campus Ministry at Immaculate Heart Academy in Bergen County, New Jersey, helps many young women navigate the journey of self-realization and understanding one’s place in the community. On Church Life Today Shutrop discussed how the academic rigor of the college prep school often creates a culture of competition among women, making it difficult to feel a sense of belonging during a particularly formative period of their lives. The increasing influence of social media, especially Instagram, in which one’s image is carefully curated, adds to this problem by making it easier to label and define girls in superficial ways.

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Topics: Catholic education, youth ministry, campus ministry

How Humanitarian Aid Can Diminish Human Sanctity

Posted by Kiera Stubbs on Jul 18, 2019 7:04:00 AM
“They want to ‘save’ us,” says Obianuju Ekeocha, “but there are a lot of disturbing things happening within the donor and recipient relationship.” Ekeocha, founder and president of Culture of Life Africa , delivered the annual human dignity lecture for the Office of Life and Human Dignity at the McGrath Institute for Church Life on March 26, 2019. On an episode of Church Life Today , Ekeocha explains the problems that arise when Western philanthropists intercede in Africa with an agenda that undermines African values, including the sanctity of life, beauty of marriage, blessings of motherhood, and the dignity of family life.
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Topics: pro-life, human dignity, Obianuju Ekeocha

Never Too Old for Fairy Tales

Posted by Kiera Stubbs on Jul 12, 2019 7:00:00 AM

At what point do we become too old to read fairy tales? Ideally, never, according to Dr. David Fagerberg, professor of Liturgical studies in Notre Dame’s Theology Department. We outgrow fairy tales because they seem simple, and it’s not until we return to them with our own children that we recognize their depth and ability to transport us to another world. Adults would do well to recover the fairy tale, suggests Fagerberg, who is particularly popular for his classes on the fiction of C.S. Lewis. Featured in the McGrath Institute’s annual Lenten lecture series this past year, Fagerberg addressed what Lewis hopes for us to find in Narnia.

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Topics: The Chronicles of Narnia, fairy tales

The secret key to the Chronicles of Narnia

Posted by Kiera Stubbs on Jun 20, 2019 7:00:00 AM
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Topics: The Chronicles of Narnia, books

Is Dorothy Day a saint?

Posted by Kiera Stubbs on Jun 13, 2019 11:18:24 AM

Revered for her heroic virtue, radical hospitality and contributions to the Catholic Worker movement, Dorothy Day is the epitome of Christian love. But is she a saint? In her own words, she could do without the title. Dorothy was known to say bluntly, “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily."

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Topics: Dorothy Day, saints, vocation

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