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Welcome to the School of Theology
and Religious Studies


  • STRS ranked among the top North American Seminaries

    The Catholic University of America School of Theology and Religious Studies is highlighted among the top 25 of 231 seminaries that were surveyed according to the Report on Faith and Ecology Courses in North American Seminaries

  • Msgr McPartlan Interview

    On Monday 16 November 2015, Msgr McPartlan was interviewed by Catholic News Agency/EWTN News with regard to some comments made the previous day by Pope Francis

  • Fr. Heil Book

    Fr. Heil Wrote a New Book on the Gospel of John

  • Rev. Dennis Edwards

    Rev. Dennis Edwards, an alumnus of the School of Theology & Religious Studies received an honorary degree.

  • Dr. Grabowski lecture

    On November 12, 2015 I delivered the annual Building Spiritual Bridges to the Community lecture at the Pontifical College Josephinum

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

-Catholic Daughters of the Americas Chair in American Church History

-Assistant or Associate Professor of Latin Patristics and Early Church History

-Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics

-Graduate Administrative Assistant Position Available
The successful candidate will serve as the primary administrator of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science for Seminaries Grant to the School of Theology and Religious Studies. She or he must have event planning, budget compliance, writing and editing, and basic web development experience; must be a capable and diplomatic communicator in speech and writing. The hours and pay are: 14 hours per week, schedule to be determined, at a rate of $17 per hour. Start date in early January, particulars TBD. Submit cover letter and resume to

Upcoming Events

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!


Recent Publications