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School of Theology and Ministry

Richard Lennan

professor of systematic theology


Contact Information:
Office: 214
Office Phone: 617-552-6522

Boston College
School of Theology and Ministry
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Richard Lennan grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales, in Australia and is a priest of the diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in Australia. He has a degree in history from the University of Newcastle, a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the Catholic Institute of Sydney, a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford and a doctorate in theology from the University of Innsbruck in Austria. From 1992 to 2007, he taught Systematic Theology in the Catholic Institute of Sydney. He is also a past President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association. In the academic year 2007-08, he taught at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, before becoming part of the Boston College Theology and Ministry, where he serves as Co-director of the Licentiate in Sacred Theology program.

Areas of Interest:
His principal fields of study are ecclesiology, ecumenism, and the theology of ministry; he is particularly interested in the theology and spirituality of Karl Rahner.


TM 506- Fundamental Theology
TM 534- The Church
TM 646- Theology & Spirituality of Ordained & Lay Ministers
TM 712- Seminar: Karl Rahner

Recent Publications:
Risking the Church: The Challenges of Catholic Faith (Oxford University Press, 2004)

The Ecclesiology of Karl Rahner (Clarendon Press, 1995; reprinted 1997 & 2002)
as Editor

The Possibility of Belief: The Challenges and Prospects of Catholic Faith (St Pauls, 2004)

An Introduction to Catholic Theology (Paulist, 1998)

Redefining the Church: Vision and Practice (E J Dwyer, 1995) Chapters

‘Roman Catholic Ecclesiology’ in The Routledge Companion to the Christian Church, ed. Gerard Mannion and Lewis Mudge (Routledge, 2008), 234-50

‘Ecclesiology and Ecumenism’ in The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner, ed. Declan Marmion & Mary Hines (Cambridge University Press, 2005), 128-43