University Taps 1992 Grad to Head Church21 Center
By Stephen Gawlik
Timothy P. Muldoon '92, chairman of the Religious Studies Department at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa., has been named director of the University's newly created Church in the 21st Century Center. He will assume the post this summer.
Announcing the appointment, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, said, "Tim Muldoon is an accomplished teacher, writer and administrator. He will bring experience, enthusiasm and vitality to our Church in the 21st Century initiative. I look forward to welcoming him to Boston College."
The Church in the 21st Century initiative was created in the spring of 2002 to assist the Catholic Church in exploring the issues emerging from the clerical sexual abuse crisis and help it move toward renewal. C21 activities have included conferences, public lectures and publications, as well as the development of multi-media resources, reading lists, and programs for the Boston College community and the general public.
Following the success of the program, University administrators developed plans for the C21 Center, which will be housed in Heffernan House and continue the work of the project.
"I have followed C21 with tremendous interest," said Muldoon. "It gave me great pride that my alma mater took the lead in responding to the Church's crisis and over the last few years and I am excited about helping to shape its future direction."
Muldoon will direct the planning and implementation of the Center's programs and activities and develop new C21 programs with interested Boston College departments, centers, and schools, drawing on resources both within and outside the University.
"The issues raised by the Church in the 21st Century are critical for the well-being of the Church as it looks toward the future," said Muldoon.
Special Assistant to the President Robert Newton and a steering committee and advisory board currently direct C21. To provide continuity to the project, Newton will serve as chairman of the steering committee and co-direct the advisory board with Kearns Professor of Education Mary Walsh.
"It will be helpful to have in this position a Boston College alumnus who already has knowledge of the University and its traditions," said Newton.
"Timothy Muldoon has great energy, initiative, imagination and has accomplished a fair amount in a short period of time. I look forward to welcoming him."
Vice President for Mission and Ministry Rev. Joseph Appleyard, SJ first met Muldoon during his freshman year at BC. At the time, Appleyard was director of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program and Muldoon was among the program's newest members.
"He's got the same energy now, as he had then," said Appleyard, who recalls that along with the rigorous work load of an honors student, Muldoon was also a founding member of the Ignatian Society and the Boston College crew team.
"He made quite an impression," said the Jesuit.
Appleyard praised Muldoon's scholarly work, particularly his books: Come to the Banquet: Nourishing Our Spiritual Hunger (2002) and The Ignatian Workout: Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith (2004).
"He represents a younger generation of theologians not as preoccupied with left-right categories of the past. They want to get beyond those arguments," said Appleyard.
Muldoon achieved Scholar of the College designation upon graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1992 for his thesis "Self-Appropriation and the Human Understanding of the Divine Trinity."
Following undergraduate studies he earned a master's degree in theological studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta and earned a doctorate in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He later joined the faculty at Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Penn. In 1997 Muldoon joined the faculty at Mount Aloysius.
In addition to serving as chairman of the religious studies department at Mount Aloysius, Muldoon serves as associate professor, teaching introductory courses on theology and philosophy as well as courses in Christian spirituality, and justice and human rights.
Muldoon's third book, Seeds of Hope for American Catholicism is due out in 2006.
Muldoon wrote the Nov. 29, 2004 cover story in the Jesuit weekly news magazine America titled "Adoption: A Life-Giving Choice" which was based in-part on reflections and experiences he shared with his wife Suzanne (O'Farrell '90) as they adopted two daughters from China.