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John F. Baldovin, S.J., is professor of historical and liturgical theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He is a priest of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus. He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.Div. from Weston School of Theology, an M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Baldovin has taught at Fordham University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and, since 1999 at Weston and now Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. He has also been visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and St. John Vianney National Seminary in Pretoria, South Africa. He served on the advisory committee for the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy of the USCCB as well as the advisory committee of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) from 1994 to 2002. He is past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) as well as the international ecumenical Societas Liturgica. He received the Berakah Award for distinguished achievement from the NAAL in 2007. He is also past-president of the International Jungmann Society for Jesuits and the Liturgy. Baldovin has published on liturgy widely in journals including Worship, Theological Studies, America, and Commonweal. His writings have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Albanian. He has a number of presentations with Now You Know Media, the latest of which, Lent, Holy Week and Easter, has recently been released.

Lisa Sowle Cahill is J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology at Boston College. She is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (1992–93), and the Society of Christian Ethics (1997–98). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2008 she received the John Courtney Murray Award, a professional achievement award, from the Catholic Theological Society of America, and is the recipient of eleven honorary degrees. She is currently a member of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative; the advisory board of the Public Religion Research Institute; the board of directors of the international journal Concilium; and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and Catholic Relief Services. Some of Cahill’s books are Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics; Theological Bioethics: Participation, Justice and Change; Bioethics and the Common Good; Sex, Gender and Christian Ethics; and Love Your Enemies: Discipleship, Pacifism and Just War Theory, which is being revised for a new edition.

Dennis M. Doyle is a Catholic theologian who specializes in ecclesiology. He holds a B.A. in English literature from LaSalle University and an M.A. in English literature from Ohio University. He earned his doctorate in religious studies from the Catholic University of America. He has taught at the University of Dayton for 29 years. He is the author of numerous articles and two books, The Church Emerging from Vatican II: A Popular Approach to Contemporary Catholicism  and Communion Ecclesiology: Vision and Versions. He participated in a five-year series of dialogues between Catholics and United Methodists. He recently co-edited Ecclesiology and Exclusion: Boundaries of Being and Belonging in Postmodern Times. He recently spent six months as a guest professor at the University of Augsburg in Germany.

Massimo Faggioli worked in the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies in Bologna between 1996 and 2008 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Turin in 2002. He has studied theology at the Karl-Eberhards-Universität Tübingen (1999–2000) and has been invited to work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculté de Théologie et Sciences Religieuses at the Université Laval in Quebec (Spring 2002). He moved to the United States in 2008, and was visiting fellow at the Jesuit Institute at Boston College between 2008 and 2009. Faggioli is now assistant professor in the theology department of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul (Minnesota). He writes regularly for newspapers and journals on the Church, religion and politics, and he is co-chair of the “Vatican II Studies” group at the American Academy of Religion. Among his publications: the history of the document on the bishops of Vatican II (Il vescovo e il concilio. Modello episcopale e aggiornamento al Vaticano II); the edition of the diaries of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (later John XXIII) during his diplomatic mission in Bulgaria (Tener da conto. Agendine di Bulgaria 1925–1934); a brief history of the “new Catholic movements” (Breve storia dei movimenti cattolici), Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning, and True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in “Sacrosanctum Concilium.”

Richard R. Gaillardetz is the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. Gaillardetz has published numerous articles and has authored eight books and edited two others. Some of his more recent books include: Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II (coauthored with Catherine Clifford), When the Magisterium Intervenes: The Magisterium and Theologians in Today’s Church (editor), and Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent. In 2000, he received the Sophia Award from the faculty of the Washington Theological Union in recognition of “theological excellence in service to ministry,” and he has received numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Association of Catholic Publishers for his writing. Gaillardetz was a delegate on the U.S. Catholic—Methodist Ecumenical Dialogue from 2001 to 2005. He is currently the president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Bradford Hinze is professor of theology at Fordham University, New York. He teaches in the areas of ecclesiology, theological hermeneutics and critical theories, and ecclesial responses to global dynamics. He received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Chicago and an M.A. from the Catholic University of America. His publications include Narrating History, Developing Doctrine: Friedrich Schleiermacher and Johann Sebastian Drey and Practices of Dialogue in the Roman Catholic Church: Aims and Obstacles, Lessons and Laments, and he has edited two volumes of essays on pneumatology. Recent essays pertaining to the topic of the church and grassroots democracy include “The Prophetic Mission of the Local Church: Community Organizing as a School for the Social Imaginary,” in Ecclesiology and Exclusion: Boundaries of Being and Belonging in Postmodern Times, eds. Dennis M. Doyle, Timothy J. Furry, and Pascal D. Bazzell; and “Talking Back, Acting Up: Wrestling with Spirits in Social Bodies,” in Interdisciplinary and Religio-Cultural Discourses on a Spirit-Filled World: Loosing the Spirits, eds. Kirsteen Kim, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, and Amos Yong. His current book project is Prophetic Obedience in a Dialogical Church. He has served as the president of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology and the College Theology Society and is currently the vice president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

David Hollenbach, S.J., holds the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice and is director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, where he teaches Christian social ethics in the Theology department. His research interests are in the foundations of Christian social ethics, especially human rights, humanitarian crises and the displacement of refugees, theories of justice, and religion in politics. He received a B.S. from St. Joseph's University, an M.A. in philosophy from St. Louis University, and M.Div. from Woodstock College, and a Ph. D. in religious ethics from Yale University in 1975. His most recent books include Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants; Refugee Rights: Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa; and The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics. He has regularly been visiting professor of social ethics at Hekima College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, and has taught at the Jesuit Philosophy Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and at the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila, Philippines. He serves as a consultant to the Jesuit Refugee Service concerning the human rights of displaced persons. He was president of the Society of Christian Ethics (1995–1996). He assisted the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in drafting their 1986 pastoral letter Economic Justice for All: Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy. In June, 1998, he received the John Courtney Murray Award for outstanding contributions to theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Peter Hünermann was born in Berlin, Germany, and is a practicing Catholic theologian. In 1949, Hünermann studied philosophy and theology in Rome, and in 1958, received a doctorate in theology. From 1958 to 1962 he worked as a chaplain and religion teacher in Aachen and Mönchengladbach. After that, he continued his studies in Munich and Freiburg. In the fall of 1962, when the Second Vatican Council began, Hünermann worked at the theological faculty in Freiburg and prepared his habilitation. Hünermann taught dogmatic theology in Münster until 1982, when he accepted the appointment as professor of dogmatics in the Catholic theological faculty of Tübingen. A year later, he was appointed honorary professor at the Universidad Católica Boliviana in Cochabamba and awarded an honorary doctorate. Since 1997, he has been professor emeritus. He has received honorary doctorates from a number of universities including Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires, the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, and the University of Erfurt. Hünermann was past president of the Catholic Academic Exchange Service (KAAD) and founding president of the European Society for Catholic Theology. His main publications include: Jesus Christus: Gottes Wort in der Zeit—Eine systematische Christologie; Dogmatische Prinzipienlehre: Glaube, Uberlieferung, Theologie als Sprach, und Wahrheitsgeschehen; Herders Theologischer Kommentar zum Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil (with Bernd Jochen Hilberath, Guido Bausenhart, and Ottmar Fuchs, editors); Enchiridion Symbolorum: definitionum et declarationum der rebus fidei et morum by Heinrich Denzinger (editor).  

Mark Massa, S.J., is dean of the School of Theology and Ministry and professor of Church History at Boston College. He is well-known as a historian of American Catholicism in the post-WWII era, and publishes widely in scholarly and popular journals. He is the author of Catholics and American Culture: Fulton Sheen, Dorothy Day, and the Notre Dame Football Team (which won the AJCU/Alpha Sigma Nu Award for Outstanding Work in Theology); Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice?; and The American Catholic Revolution: How the Sixties Changed the Church Forever. A scholar of the Catholic intellectual tradition, he delivered the keynote address at the third annual Catholic Higher Education Collaborative Conference. He holds an A.B. from the University of Detroit, an M.A. in history from the University of Chicago, an M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and a Th.D. in Church History from Harvard University.

John W. O'Malley, S.J., is a historian who specializes in the religious culture of early and late modern Europe. The best known of his seven monographs is The First Jesuits, which received two best-book prizes and has been translated into ten languages. His most recent is Trent: What Happened at the Council. His publications on Vatican II have been extensive, including five articles in Theological Studies and his monograph What Happened at Vatican II. He is editor of a new series of studies published by Saint Joseph's University press entitled “Early Modern Catholicism and the Visual Arts.” O'Malley is past president of the American Catholic Historical Association and the Renaissance Society of America. He is a correspondent for the Vatican's Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences. In 1995, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 1997, to the American Philosophical Society, and in 2001, to the Accademia di san Carlo, Ambrosian Library, Milan. He holds lifetime achievement awards from The Society for Italian Historical Studies, the Renaissance Society of America, and the American Catholic Historical Association. Among his honorary doctorates is one from Boston College.

Leslie Woodcock Tentler is Ordinary Professor of History and Knights of Columbus Scholar at the Catholic University of America. She has published widely on the history of American Catholicism. Her most recent book is Catholics and Contraception: An American History; she is also the editor of The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholicism Since 1950 in the United States, Ireland, and Quebec. She is currently participating in a project sponsored by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at Notre Dame on the implementation of Vatican II reforms in fifteen selected dioceses around the world.

Christoph Theobald, S.J., is professor of fundamental and dogmatic theology at the Facultés jésuites de Paris (Centre Sèvres) and teaches and publishes in the history of exegesis; the history of dogmas, systematic theology, and spiritual theology; aesthetics; and practical theology. He studied philosophy and theology at the University of Bonn and Institut Catholique of Paris and received a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Bonn and an honorary degree from the University of Laval in Quebec. He is the chief editor of Recherches de Science Religieuse and the authorized critical edition of the works of Karl Rahner. Theobald serves as director of the Unam sanctam collection and is a member of the scientific committee of the Istituto per le scienze religiose in Bologna, Italy. His publications include: Maurice Blondel und das Problem der Modernität: Beitrag zu einer epistemologischen Standortbestimmung zeitgenössischer Fundamentaltheologie; Histoire des dogmes, Vol. IV (avec Bernard Sesboüé); La Révélation; L’Esprit créateur dans la pensée musicale de Jean-Sébastien Bach; Le cas Jésus-Christ; Présences d’Evangile I: Lire les évangiles et l’Apocalypse en Algérie et ailleurs; Le christianisme comme style: Une manière de faire de la théologie en postmodernité; "Dans les traces" de la constitution "Dei Verbum" du concile Vatican II; La réception du concile Vatican II, I: Accéder à la source; and Présences d’Evangile II: Lire l’évangile de Luc et les Actes des apôtres en Creuse et ailleur.

Andrea Vicini, S.J., M.D., has a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College and a S.T.D. from the Faculty of Theology of Southern Italy. At the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry he is associate professor of moral theology and director of the Master of Divinity program. Lecturer and member of the Planning Committee of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, as well as associations of moral theologians and bioethicists (in Italy, Europe, and the United States), he is also coeditor of the Moral Traditions Series published by Georgetown University Press and editorial consultant of the journal Theological Studies. His research focuses on fundamental moral theology, bioethics, sexuality, medical ethics, and environmental issues. Among his recent publications are: Genetica umana e bene comune and “Bioethics: Basic Questions and Extraordinary Developments” in Theological Studies; “La loi morale naturelle: Perspectives internationales pour la réflexion bioéthique contemporaine,” in Transversalités; “Imaging in Severe Disorders of Consciousness: Re-thinking Consciousness, Identity and Care in a Relational Key,” in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics; “Ethical Challenges of Genetics Today: From the Lab, through the Clinic, to the Pews,” in Studia Moralia; “New Insights in Environmental and Sustainable Ethics,” in Asian Horizons; “Le cas de la grippe aviaire H5N1: La recherche en biologie entre questions, pauses et limites,” in Études. A monograph on the ethical issues related to new biotechnologies and an edited volume on just sustainability are forthcoming.

Jared Wicks, S.J., is a member of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Jesuit order. He gained his Th.D. in the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Münster, with a dissertation on Luther, and then taught at Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago from 1967 to 1979. He moved to the Gregorian University in Rome for teaching from 1979 to 2004, which included being dean of the School of Theology from 1991 to 1997. He served on the world-level Catholic–Lutheran dialogues on church and justification and on the church’s apostolicity. After moving to John Carroll University in 2004, he joined the U.S. Catholic–Lutheran dialogue that produced the consensus document, The Hope of Eternal Life, in 2011. Late in 2011, Wicks moved to his home town of Columbus, Ohio, to become scholar-in-residence at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Much of his present research treats the Second Vatican Council, on which he has published articles in Gregorianum, Theological Studies, and Ecumenical Trends. Wicks’s ongoing series in Catholic Historical Review is presenting major new publications, mainly from Europe, on the history and theology of Vatican II.

Susan K. Wood, S.C.L., a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, is professor and chair of the Department of Theology at Marquette University. She received her doctorate in systematic theology from Marquette University. Wood teaches courses on ecclesiology, Henri de Lubac, the nouvelle théologie, ecumenism, and sacramental theology, as well as more general courses in systematic theology. Her research interests have focused on the theology of ordained ministry, the ecclesial dimension of sacramental theology, the thought of Henri de Lubac, and ecumenical theology. Very active in ecumenical work, she serves on the U.S. Lutheran–Roman Catholic dialogue (1994–present), the North American Roman Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation (2005–present), the conversation between the Roman Catholic Church and the Baptist World Alliance (2006–10), and the International Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue (2008–present). She has also participated in consultations on baptism, theological anthropology, and the nature and purpose of ecumenical dialogue sponsored by Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches and the Joint Working Group. She is an associate editor of Pro Ecclesia and serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ecclesiology. Most of her writing explores the connections between ecclesiology and sacramental theology. In addition to numerous articles, she has published Spiritual Exegesis and the Church in the Theology of Henri de Lubac, Sacramental Orders, which has also been translated into Spanish, and One Baptism: Ecumenical Dimensions of the Doctrine of Baptism. She is the editor of Ordering the Baptismal Priesthood and coeditor, with Alberto Garcia, of Critical Issues in Ecclesiology: Essays in Honor of Carl E. Braaten. Wood is currently president-elect of the Catholic Theological Society of America.