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Discover the Star of Bethlehem

Dr. Terry Flower (lower left-center) led students on a J-term study abroad to learn more about global warming.
Dr. Terry Flower (lower left-center) led students on a J-term study abroad to learn more about global warming.
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Dr. Terrence Flower will lead the community on a journey of discovery. Join St. Catherine University on Sunday, Dec. 9, to learn what the night sky was like more than 2,000 years ago, when shepherds and wise men journeyed toward the Star of Bethlehem.

Flower, a professor emeritus from St. Kate's physics department, will share insights into the First Christmas from the perspective of current astronomical knowledge and our ability to turn the clock of the universe backwards. He will discuss scripture passages that give us information, historical data and records of astronomical observations, to help understand the nature of the Star of Bethlehem.

Flower chaired the physics department for more than 30 years (1979–2010) at St. Catherine University, as well as serving as the Endowed Professor of Science and the Univer­sity’s principal investigator in the NASA Minnesota Space Grant Consortium. Flower is responsible for a number of grants that have resulted in scientific or research equipment for St. Kate’s, including two telescopes and the astrophysical observatory. 

The Star of Bethlehem, Flower's free lecture will be held Sunday, December 9, noon - 1 p.m., immediately following Mass in the Our Lady of Victory Chapel on the St. Paul campus.

Tickets are free, but please RSVP by emailing ce@stkate.edu or calling 651-690-6819.

Nov. 30, 2012 by Julie Michener

See also: Catholic Identity, Faculty, Liberal Arts