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Welcome to the School of Theology
and Religious Studies


  • D'Alliessi Defense

    Rev. Daniel D’Alliessi will be presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Tuesday, April 7 at 3:00p.m. at Caldwell 125. His dissertation is called, "The Second Vatican Council’s Teaching on Erroneous Conscience as Seen Through the Development of 'De Ordine Morali' "

  • Msgr McPartlan Speaks at Huffington Ecumenical Institute

    On Saturday 28 March, Msgr Paul McPartlan, acting dean of STRS, gave a lecture on ‘Orthodox-Catholic Relations since Vatican II and the Issue of Primacy’ at an event entitled ‘Orthodox-Catholic Relations since Vatican II’ hosted by the Huffington Ecumenical Institute, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Also speaking was Professor Paul Gavrilyuk of the University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota. The event was preceded by a round-table faculty discussion with the two speakers on 27 March.

  • Symposium on the Synods

    n Monday March 16, 2015, STRS held a symposium on "The Synods on the Family and the New Evangelization". Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, the President of USCCB, and Dr John Grabowski, director of the Moral Theology/Ethics academic area in STRS discussed the nature of synods, the purpose of the current synods on the family, the Archbishop's experience as a participant in the Extraordinary Synod of 2014, and the way in which these synods fit into the ministry of Pope Francis and his vision for the Church.

  • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Gives Annual Carl J. Peter Lecture in Rome

    On March 15th, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, clinical associate professor of CUA/STRS, was honored to deliver the annual Carl J. Peter lecture at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. The talk was entitled: “Preaching the Word: When People Stop Listening." The annual lecture is designed to promote the art of preaching and to remember Fr. Carl J. Peter, former faculty member and alumnus of the PNAC and former Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA (1977-1985). The text of the lecture can be found at:

  • Dr. Dinges’ March Presentations

    Dr. William D. Dinges gave a panel presentation on March 12th on “Religion and Cultural Dynamics of ‘Old’ Immigrants” in conjunction with a conference on American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present held at the Catholic University of America. On March 19th, Dr. Dinges gave a Catholic University Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies Brown Bag presentation on “Ritual Change and Cultural Change: What a Difference a War Makes” examining the impact of WWII on efforts to advance the liturgical movement among American Catholics. On March 20th, Dr. Dinges presented a lecture on “Pope Francis, Catholics, and Creation: Why Things Matter” as part of the Lenten Supper Talk series at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, MD.

Recent Events

  • Dr. Russell Hittinger lecture

    On Tuesday, March 24th the Moral Theology/Ethics Area hosted its annual spring distinguished lecture.  Dr. Russell Hittinger, the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University  of Tulsa, presented the lecture "Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Josef Ratzinger” to an audience of students, faculty, and guests of the University.  Dr. Hittinger examined the contributions of Josef Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholic understanding of natural law over the course of his academic career and ministry of teaching and the way he (and Karol Wojtyla/Saint John Paul II) effected a significant "upgrade" of the Catholic understanding.

  • Cardinal Tagle Delivers Cardinal Dearden Lecture

    On 2 March, 2015, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, delivered the Cardinal Dearden Lecture in the School of Theology and Religious Studies. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ending of the Second Vatican Council, and of the promulgation of the final conciliar constitution, Gaudium et Spes, on the Church in the modern world, in particular, Cardinal Tagle spoke on: ‘Gaudium et Spes after 50 Years: An Asian Reception’. CUA was delighted to welcome Cardinal Tagle, an alumnus, back to campus, and his lecture was very warmly received by an audience of faculty, students and visitors. For further details, please see here. Click here for the video.

  • Bishop Flores Delivers Lecture on Immigration

    On 24 February 2015, Bishop Daniel E. Flores, Bishop of Brownsville, Texas, and Chairman of the Committee on Cultural Diversity at the USCCB, delivered the Third Annual Hispanic Innovators of the Faith Lecture entitled “Immigration as a Theological Paradigm for Faith and Social Justice.”

    Click here for more information.

Job Postings

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


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Associated with National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibit: Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

Upcoming Events

  • Apr.
    How and Why to Teach Science in the Classroom: A Workshop

    All Graduate Students and Interested Faculty are invited to How and Why to Teach Science in the Classroom: A Workshop on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 12:00-1:30 pm, Caldwell Hall - Happel Room.

    All who plan on attending MUST RSVP for the event by 4/8/15.

Dean's Corner

A Message from STRS Acting Dean, 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.