About Samantha Mattheiss

Samantha Mattheiss holds a doctoral degree in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience from Rutgers University, Newark. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Rowan University, where she is studying the physiological basis of cognitive and emotional processing. Her research interests, which include the intersection of faith and neuroscience, were inspired by a year spent as a Salesian Lay Missionary at an orphanage in Bolivia, as well as several years living in informal ecclesial communities in Philadelphia, PA and Newark, NJ.

Mother Church, Tota Pulchra

A Call for Ecclesial Communities

In the Gospel of John, we read “Neque vocem ejus umquam audistis, neque speciem ejus visistis” (John 5:37), or “Neither have you heard His voice, nor seen his ‘speciem.’” “Speciem” is defined as “visual appearance . . . splendour, beauty, vi … [Read more...]

Father, Receive These Gifts

Pope Francis, in his 2016 annual meeting of the pontifical academies, called for local parishes to be “oases of beauty, peace, acceptance.” This is consistent with the Church being “Mother of us all” (Gal 4:26) — a place where all can be fed … [Read more...]