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Welcome to the School of Theology
and Religious Studies


  • Dr. Grabowski Participates in Presentation and Discussion on Marriage, Family, and Sexuality

    On May 21st, Dr John Grabowski participated in a professional development conference call with some 30 members of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers from around the U.S., discussing “A Home for the Wounded Heart,” the section of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families (published in Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive [Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2014) which he wrote. The presentation and discussion explored how the “hard sayings” in the Church’s teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality can be understood pastorally as invitations to healing and life.

  • Dr. Grabowski Gives Lecture on Pope Francis’ Call to Mission

    On April 21, 2015 Dr. John Grabowski gave a lecture entitled “Pope Francis’ Call to Mission and the Role of the Family” in the Archbishop’s Lecture series for the Archdiocese of Denver. This presentation sought to demonstrate that neither Pope Francis’ teaching on mission or on family are new. What is new is the way in which he has made the New Evangelization programmatic for his ministry and for the Church, inviting us to see the family as the subject (and note merely the object) of evangelization.

  • Dr. Jones Presents Paper in Hangzhou, China

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the paper, “Is a Dazangjing a Canon? On the Use of “Canon” with Regard to Chinese Buddhist Anthologies” at the conference “Study of Block-printed Edition of Tripitaka, Past, Present and Future, Centering around Jiaxing Sutra” at Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China on May 10, 2015.

  • Dr. Boxall Gives a Talk at Washington College

    On March 27th 2015, Dr Ian Boxall gave a talk at Washington College, Chestertown MD, entitled: “The Interpretative Traditions of the Book of Revelation”, sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture with co-sponsorship from the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

  • Msgr McPartlan Speaks on Ecumenism at Seton Hall

    On 29 April 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan, acting dean of STRS, gave a lecture on 'The International Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue: Achievements and Issues' at Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ.

Recent Events

  • 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.

  • 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.

Job Postings

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


Upcoming Events

  • 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.

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

  • Dr. Boxall, “Tracing Patmos Through the Centuries”

    Dr. Ian Boxall has contributed a chapter to the recently-published Reception History and Biblical Studies: Theory and Practice, an international collection of essays by scholars working in reception history, edited by William John Lyons and Emma England (Bloomsbury/T. & T. Clark, 2015). Dr. Boxall’s chapter is entitled “Tracing Patmos Through the Centuries.”

  • Dr. Boxall, "Riding White Horses: An Intertextual Study of Rev. 6:1-2 in the Light of its Reception History"

    Dr Boxall Publishes Article Dr Ian Boxall has contributed an article entitled ‘Riding White Horses: An Intertextual Study of Rev. 6:1-2 in the Light of its Reception History,’ to Poetik und Intertextualität in der Apokalypse, edited by S. Alkier, T. Hieke and T. Nicklas (WUNT I; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015).