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Theology Department

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The Theology Department provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for reasoned reflection on their own values, faith, and tradition, as well as on the religious forces that shape our society and world. The department’s five primary areas of research include biblical studies, historical theology/history of christianity, comparative theology, systematic theology, and theological ethics.


Papal Visit

A number of theology professors provide expert commentary on Pope Francis' visit:

Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., comments on Francis' upcoming speeches to the US Congress and the U.N. General Assembly. Q&A with the Council on Foreign Relations

Roberto Goizueta speaks about Pope Francis' visit to his homeland of Cuba. BC Chronicle

James Keenan, S.J., speaks about the papal visit to BBC Radio (scroll down to 7th chapter) and America magazine.

Rev. James Weiss, comments on the GOP reaction to Pope Francis for  The HillUPIAl Jazeera America, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Rev. Robert Imbelli wrote a piece entitled, "Pope Francis: Calling Upon the 'Better Angels of Our Nature'" for America magazine.

Stephen Pope comments on the Pope's approach to controversial political issues to the Boston HeraldNewsday, and Reuters.


Our Common Home Conference on Climate Change
Monday, September 28 - Thursday, October 1 
This conference explores the implications of Pope Francis' recent encyclical, "Laudato Si' (Praised Be): On Care for Our Common Home.” Featured speakers include Cardinal Peter Turkson, Graciela Chichilnisky, Erin Lothes, Willis Jenkins, and others from multiple disciplines. Event details | Recent media coverage: BC News | AP via Washington Times | WCVB-TV News | Boston Herald

Forgiveness and the Pursuit of Justice
October 13, 5:30 p.m.
McGuinn 121
The theology department together with the Faith, Peace, and Justice Program welcome Richard Moore, founder of Children in Crossfire. Moore will speak about the practice of forgiveness in the face of conflict. Event flyer


A discussion on the Pope's recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, featuring two graduates of our Ph.D. program — Kevin Ahern and Meghan Clark.

Student Profiles

Libbie Steiner

Libbie Steiner, undergraduate student majoring in theology

Robert Elliot

Robert Elliot, student in the joint M.A. program in philosophy and theology

Jessica Coblentz

Jessica Coblentz - doctoral candidate in the systematic theology program

In Print

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