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Welcome to the School of Theology
and Religious Studies


  • Dr. Wessel Publishes New Article

    Dr. Susan Wessel has published a new article, “Religious Doctrine and Ecclesiastical Change in the Time of Leo the Great" that appears in ed. Michael Maas, The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila (Cambridge University Press: New York and Cambridge, 2014). The article runs from pages 329-345.

  • Msgr. Clay Presents Workshops at Diocesan Conference

    Msgr. Clay gave two presentations to initiation catechists in the Diocese of Raleigh on October 18 during its annual Catholic Convocation. His presentations focused on factors that may be contributing to the high recidivism of those initiated through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and what might be done to ameliorate this situation.

  • Msgr. Irwin Receives National Award

    At their annual convention this month the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) awarded their highest honor to Msgr. Irwin for his contribution to liturgical scholarship and pastoral formation of liturgical ministers. Named after Msgr. Fred McManus, former faculty member in the School of Canon Law and Academic Vice President of CUA, this award has been given annually since 1995.

    The two hundred and twenty members attending the year’s convention staff liturgy offices and liturgical commissions across the country. During his acceptance speech Msgr. Irwin noted that a number of those in attendance had been his students in Rome, at CUA and at Notre Dame (summer sessions). His speech was subtitled “The Pope Francis Effect on the Liturgy” and addressed the relationship of the liturgy and daily life. He noted specifically Pope Francis’ concern for the poor, the importance of the unity and peace of the church as essential correlatives of celebrating the liturgy and what we can learn from Pope Francis’ simple and direct manner of celebrating the liturgy and preaching.

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  • Dr. Mattison Interviewed About the Synod for the Family

    Dr. William Mattison, Associate Professor of Moral Theology and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at TRS, was recently asked to provide his expertise on the Synod of Bishops on the Family which is taking place in Rome from October 8-19, 2014. On Monday, October 13th, he was a panelist on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR. To hear that segment, click here. Then on Tuesday, October 14th, he was interviewed by EWTN. The clip for that segment may be found here.

  • STRS Undergraduate Launch Party

    The School of Theology and Religious Studies celebrated the launch of its Undergraduate Program, October 2nd with a festival of games, music, food and prizes. It was extremely well attended by a number of faculty, other CUA administrators, and TRS students. Though there was no formal program students were able to be get more acquainted with their new acting Dean Msgr. McPartlan. It was a wonderful time spent together to celebrate what a presence the undergraduate theology majors are to the School of Theology and Religious Studies.

Recent Events

  • Dean's Vespers 2014

    On September 25, the School of Theology and Religious Studies hosted their annual Dean's Vespers at the Ukranian Catholic Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, DC. Members of the School of Theology's faculty, students, and staff, as well as the greater campus community, came together for evening prayer and and a reception. Very Reverend Mark Morozowich, acting provost, gave the homily.

  • 2014 Undergraduate Orientation

    A group of new undergraduate students were welcomed into the School of Theology and Religious Studies during an orientation in the Happel Room, Friday, August 22. The welcome address was given by Dean Morozowich followed by Dr. William Mattison, associate dean for undergraduate studies.

Job Postings

Please click here to view open positions with the School of Theology and Religious Studies.


Upcoming Events

Dean's Corner

A Message from STRS Acting Dean Rev. Msgr. Paul McPartlan

Welcome to the website of CUA’s School of Theology and Religious Studies!  Whether you are a current student, a prospective applicant, or simply a visitor, I hope you will find here what you are looking for, and be excited to learn more about our great school and the opportunities it offers!


Recent Publications

  • Fr. Heil Publishes New Book on the Book of Revelation

    The subtitle of this book published by Wipf and Stock is Worship for Life in the Spirit of Prophecy. The worship that Revelation exhorts and enables is in the divine Spirit of prophetic witness against all forms of idolatrous worship in favor of a true worship of the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb, for an eternal and heavenly life. The audience may begin this worship in the Eucharistic supper into which Revelation leads them by inviting them to respond to the promise of Jesus, “Yes, I am coming soon,” with “Amen! Come Lord Jesus!” They thereby welcome the Lord Jesus to the Eucharistic supper that anticipates his final coming and the divine grace, the gift of eternal life, of the Lord Jesus that is intended to be the destiny of all.

  • Dr Ian Boxall Publishes New Book on Matthew’s Gospel

    Dr Ian Boxall’s new book Discovering Matthew: Content, interpretation, reception has just been published by SPCK. This introduction to the interpretation of Matthew’s Gospel draws on a range of methodological approaches (author-, text- and reader-centered), as complementary rather than mutually exclusive ways of interpreting the Gospel. In particular, it reflects the growing scholarly attention to the reception history of biblical texts.