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Welcome to the School of Theology
and Religious Studies


  • 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.

  • STRS Awarded Grant for Integrating Science into Core Theological Education

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced that STRS was among ten institutions of higher learning to receive a grant to foster greater integration of science into core courses in its curriculum. The competition for the grant, in the amount of $185,000 per school, was nationwide. The only other Catholic institution so awarded was the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara (Ca.).

    The chief authors of the grant proposal were Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin, Dr. Robert Miller and Dr. David Bosworth. An initial phase of implementing the project will be to invite two faculty members from STRS who determine that greater integration of scientific learning (hard and human sciences) into existing courses would be beneficial. They will be compensated for these efforts including travel and the purchase of books and other materials. The leadership of the schools so awarded will meet in D.C. on June 30-July 1, 2016, to share ideas and assess the strengths and weaknesses of this initial phase. It is envisioned that the work related this grant would extend through July, 2017.

    Click here to access the official news release published by AAAS.

  • Dr. Jones Presents at Conference

    Charles B. Jones presented “Jesuit-Chinese Interactions in the Late Ming Dynasty: Lost in Translation?” at the conference “Language, Culture and Reality: East and West,” held at the Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange and the Department of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania, October 3-4, 2014.

  • Dr. Pecknold Participates in Dulles Colloquium on Christian Witness in America

    On September 27-28 Professor Pecknold participated in the Dulles Colloquium sponsored by the journal of religion in the public square, First Things. The Dulles Colloquium, which invites about 20 Christian thinkers a year to participate in a discussion of major topics, was named for CUA's own professor emeritus of systematic theology Avery Cardinal Dulles. This year's topic was "Christian witness in America," treating the rapidly changing place of religion in the public square.

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.