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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.


Criticism of Pope Francis
Professor of theological ethics, Stephen Pope, comments on recent criticism of Pope Francis by some conservative Catholics regarding such issues as the economy and the environment. Newsday

Conference Includes Tribute to Chan
Professors of theological ethics, James Keenan, S.J., and Kristin Heyer, speak to National Catholic Reporter (NCR) about tribute paid to the late Lúcás (Yiu Sing Luke) Chan, S.J., Ph.D. '10, at the recent pan-Asian conference of moral theologians. National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis and Women Religious
Professor of Systematic Theology, Richard Gaillardetz, writes of the collegial attitude of Pope Francis toward women religious. Global Sisters Report


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

Catholic Sacraments: A Rich Source of Blessings
October 19, 6 p.m.
Yawkey Center
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry professor John Baldovin and David Turnbloom, professor of theology (University of Portland) and graduate of the Boston College theology doctoral progam, launch their new book. Event details


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.

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