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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.


2016 Catholic Press Association Awards

Three professors from the Theology Deapartment were awarded by the Catholic Press Association (CPA).  2016 CPA Book Awards GalleryBC News

  • Richard Gaillardetz was awarded second place honors in the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II catgeory for his book, An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism (Liturgical Press). 
  • Kristin Heyer was awarded third place honors in the Faithful Citizenship/Religious Freedom category for a book she co-edited with David E. DeCosse entitled, Conscience and Catholicism: Rights, Responsibilities and Institutional Responses (Orbis Books). 
  • Stephen Pope was awarded third place honors in the Pastoral Ministry category for his book, A Step Along the Way: Models of Christian Service (Orbis Books).


Issues Affecting Young Women in Tanzania Today: Female Mutilation, Child Marriages and Trafficking

August 30, 6 p.m.
Fulton 511

Maryknoll Lay Missioner Liz Mach will speak about her advocacy for women and girls in Eastern Africa. This event is sponsored by the Theology Department with the Jesuit Institute, the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, the School of Theology and Ministry, and the Global Practice Concentration of the School of Social Work. event flyer

Mass of the Holy Spirit

September 8, 12–1:15 p.m.

The Boston College community is welcome to attend this annual Eucharistic celebration. Classes will be cancelled for the duration of the Mass. event details

Missionaries & Linguists: Jesuit Grammars from Africa and Native America

August 26–October 7
Burns Library

Boston College Libraries is sponsoring exhibit featuring the materials Jesuit missionaries used to learn about the languages of the indigenous peoples throughout Africa and the Americas they evangelized beginning in the 17th century. The exhibit includes dictionaries, photographs, maps, and other artifacts. For more information, see the exhibit's website or the BC event calendar.


An interview of James F. Keenan, S.J., Canisius Professor, Theology Department, and Director of the Jesuit Institute, on University Ethics. More resources available at Faculty Publication Highlights

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

Jewish Liturgy

Jewish Liturgy: A Research Guide
by Ruth Langer, 2015

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