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School of Theology and Ministry

Theresa A. O'Keefe

assistant professor of the practice of youth and young adult faith
and co-director of contextual education


Contact Information:
Office: 322
Office Phone: 617-552-0932

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

Areas of Interest:
Youth and young adult faith, developmental theory, feminist theology, ministerial and educational formation, Catholic Jewish dialogue.

Dr. O’Keefe has been teaching in the area of youth and young adult faith, assisting ministerial and educational leaders in that field to read the context of contemporary culture and analyze it impact on their constituencies. Drawing from multiple disciplines her intent is unpack the complexity of the ministerial setting so that educational and ministerial efforts may be more effectively constructed to enrich the lives of youth and young adults.

Dr. O’Keefe also leads the Contextual Education program, in which students use field opportunities to develop their praxis. Her aim is to assist students to develop reflective practices that help them better understand themselves as ministerial leaders.

Fall 2014
The Practice of Ministry with Youth&Young Adults (TMPS 7041)
Contextual Education (TMPS 8007)

Spring 2015
Contextual Education (TMPS 8007)
Identity:From Discovery to Integration (TMPS 8046)

Other Courses:
TM 994- Education for Justice and Peace

Recent Publications:

Studies in Christian-Jewish Learning , “Relationships Across the Divide:  An Instigator of Transformation”, Journal of Youth and Theology, Vol 7, no. 2 (2008).

Learning to Talk: Conversation across Religious Difference," Religious Education Journal, Vol 104, No 2 (2009)

Coming to Know the Other ­ Coming to Know Oneself: A study of Jewish-Catholic dialogue at the congregational level - APRRE/REA (2004)
The report of a qualitative research study on an experience of Jewish-Catholic interreligious learning on the congregation level, focusing on the workings of conversation in that setting - how it worked and what it accomplished.

Concerns About Covenant: A critique of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's Many Religions ­ One Covenant - BC Website (2002)
A review and an analysis of Cardinal Ratzinger's theology of covenant and its implications for relations with non-Christian religions, particularly Judaism.
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