1998 Distinguished Alumni/ae
For over 25 years, Diane Kennedy, O.P. (DMin '79) has devoted her energies to the collaboration of women and men in spirituality and ministry. Kennedy is the President of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada, and the Academic Dean of the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Her studies at PSR explored biblical and theological principles for equality and mutuality, and her continuing work focuses on psychological and social factors influencing gender roles, and transformative models of leadership and ministry. Kennedy was the founding Director of the Parable Conference for Dominican Life and Mission, and is former Vicaress General of the Sinsinawa Dominicans. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Dominican University and on the Directorium of Pontifica Universita Santa Tomasso in Rome.
Five-time Emmy Award winning director/producer Michael Rhodes (MDiv '72) got his start as a film maker at PSR in 1967, when, as a field education student, he helped his youth group at Oakland's Laurel Methodist Church make a movie. Through this labor of love, Rhodes discovered his passion to tell stories through film, a process which he says, "so often results in moments of brilliant epiphany, revealing the powerful, loving and creative hand of God in the world." After studying cinema at the University of Southern California, he joined Paulist Productions in Los Angeles, where he produced the company's feature film Romero and many award-winning specials. He has directed numerous television programs including Christy, Fame, Little House on the Prairie, Star Trek: A New Beginning, and a Paulist Productions film on Dorothy Day, Entertaining Angels.
Harold Schulweis (ThD '72), a nationally renowned rabbi, theologian, and activist, has guided his congregation, Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, CA for almost 30 years. He is founder of such programs as The Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers, the Para-Rabbinic Program for para-professional counselors, and the Institute for the Righteous Acts, which documents the work of individuals who saved Jews during the Holocaust. Schulweis' books include For Those Who Can't Believe (1994), Evil and the Morality of God (1983), and Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion (1954). He is the senior editor of Sh'ma, and has served as adjunct professor of Jewish Contemporary Civilization at the University of Judaism, Los Angeles, and lecturer in Jewish Theology at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. Schulweis received the Israeli Prime Minister's Medal in 1975.