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Welcome to the School of Theology
and Religious Studies


STRS Proudly Graduates 65 Students!

At the Commencement exercizes on Saturday, May 16, 2015, sixty five students from the School of Theology and Religious Studies graduated with a wide range of degrees, both graduate and undergraduate: PhD, STD, DMin, STL, MCat, MA, MDiv, STB, MDiv/STB, and BA. This was the first year in which we had a graduate for the recently launched MCat, and our own students for the BA, also.


Recent Events

  • STRS and the USCCB Host Symposium Celebrating Nostra Aetate

    STRS in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs hosted the symposium, "Nostra Aetate: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Catholic Church's Dialogue with Jews and Muslims," May 19 - 21.  Click here to access a brief wrap up along with photos and lecture recordings.

  • Dr. Machinist Presents Roland E Murphy Memorial Lecture

    On Monday, April 20th, the Biblical Studies Area hosted the annual Roland E. Murphy Memorial Lecture. Dr. Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages at Harvard University, presented the lecture “Achaemenid Persia as Spectacle: Greek and Biblical Reactions.” Dr. Machinist looked at the Achaemenid Persian empire of the first millennium BC as a pageant of power and authority. He focused on the reliefs of the main staircase to the Apadana in the main capital of Persepolis as well as the biblical book of Esther and the Greek drama, The Persians, by Aeschylus. Dr. Machinist explored all of these and the relationships among them in order to chart the impact that Achaemenid Persia had on the world in and around it as well as the Achaemenid impact in our own time.

  • CUA Awards Honorary Degree to Professor Joseph Weiler

    On Thursday, March 19, Professor Joseph H. H. Ph.D., was awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology, honoris causa, by President John Garvey. The ceremony took place in Caldwell Auditorium and was attended by faculty, staff and students. Professor Weiler delivered an address entitled, “Sanctity and Morality in the Public Square.” He is the Joseph Straus Professor of Law at New York University and President of the European University Institute in Florence. Professor Weiler is a leading expert on European constitutional law, a strong advocate for religious freedom and for recognition of the place of religion in human society, and a prominent figure in Jewish-Catholic relations. Photos of the event, please click the title. For a video of this event,please click here.

Job Postings

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


Upcoming Events

  • Oct.
    Columbus Day
    All classes will be cancelled Monday, October 12, due to holiday.
  • Oct.
    Quasten Award 2015: Joseph P. Chinnici, O.F.M.
    The School of Theology and Religious Studies is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s prestigious Johannes Quasten Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership in Religious Studies will be Joseph P. Chinnici, O.F.M.
  • Oct.
    Mid-Term Mark
    Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete (previous semester). Last day to change to audit (dean's permission required).
  • Nov.
    All Saint's Day
    No Classes Cancelled. All classes will continue as scheduled.
  • Nov.
    Spring Registration/ All souls Liturgy
    Beginning November 1, registration for Spring (Second) Semester 2016 begins (use Cardinal Station). All Souls Liturgy - Memorial Mass for deceased of the university community.


Dean's Corner

A Message from STRS Interim Dean William C. Mattison III Ph.D. 

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!


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