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6-6-2012

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What influenced your decision to become a Priest?

Dr. Michael Baxter went to college with the hope and expectation that he would learn how to make changes in the world. He studied political science and history, but the “God question” frequently dominated his studies. What really brought him closer to God and inspired him to explore life as a priest, is when he imagined a world where God did not exist.

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The Rev. Dr. Michael J. Baxter C.S.C, (Ph.D. Duke University, 1996) is Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Baxter is interested in the interrelationship of theology, history, and ethics, with particular attention paid to the morality of war and Christian peacemaking. Baxter's long-term research focuses on the emergence and development of the Americanist Tradition in Catholic Social Ethics from World War I to the present. He has published articles in the DePaul Law Review, Pro Ecclesia, Communio, andThe Thomist, and he co-founded Andre House, a house of hospitality dedicated to serving the poor and homeless of downtown Phoenix. Baxter was a Fellow of the Kroc Institute and he also served as the National Secretary of the Catholic Peace Fellowship.

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