Welcome to the School of Theology
and Religious Studies
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.
TRS associate professor, Dr. Robert Miller has published, "Myth as Revelation," in Laval théologique et philosophique 70 (2014): 539-61. In this essay, Dr. Miller examines how myth functions as revelation in the Old Testament and the unique contribution "inspired myth" makes in sacred scripture.
TRS Associate Professor, Dr. Robert Miller published an essay entitled "Shamanism and Totemism in Early Israel" in the Journal of the Washington Academy of Science 100 (2014): 21-58. The essay examines the archaeology of religion for 12th-11th-century BC Israel in the light of ethnographic analogy.
Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the keynote address, "Religious Belief and Practice in an Age of Science," at the international symposium "Religion in the 21st Century: The Relevancy of Doctrine in a Digital Age" on July 8, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Graduate students Siobhan Benitez Riley and Andrew J. Cuff also presented The symposium was sponsored by Youngsan University of Seon Studies, Seoul, South Korea.
Msgr Clay gave one of the keynote addresses at an international meeting on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults held in Chicago, June 18-19. His address, "The Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate: Critical Beginnings," examined how the lack of adequate evangelization at the beginning of the initiation process can contribute to the numbers of initiates who fall away from an active practice of worship and missionary discipleship and what might be done to remediate this in future efforts to train clergy and catechetical leaders in Christian initiation ministry.
Msgr. Michael Clay and Rev. Michael Witczak attended the recent international dialogue meeting between the Roman Catholic Church and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) held June 19-24 at Bethany College in West Virginia, a school established by one of the 19th century founders of the Disciples of Christ, Alexander Campbell. During the meeting, Msgr. Clay delivered a paper entitled, "The Significance of Eucharistic Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church." The general focus for this fifth phase of dialogue is "Christians Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist."
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.
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.
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.
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- Oct.14Quasten 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.
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Fr John Ford recently published two articles: "Father Paul of Graymoor: Preacher of Church Unity" and "Father Paul of Graymoor: Pilgrim of Christian Reunion". Both appeared in Ecumenical Trends 44/6 (June 2015)
The ninth annual Holy Spirit Lecture that Msgr Paul McPartlan gave at Duquesne University on 14 November 2014 on the theme of 'An Evangelizing Communion: The Church, the Holy Spirit, and Vatican II' has now been published in booklet form and also at: http://www.duq.edu/events/holy-spirit-lecture-and-colloquium/2014