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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.


Undergraduate Presents Honors Thesis

Theology student Catherine Larrabee ‘16 is presenting her thesis research at the Conferencia Ecuménica sobre Las Migraciones en el Caribe. Catherine will be traveling to the Dominican Republic to share her work on migration and theology. Read more about Catherine's volunteer and student leadership experience in the Boston College Gavel article, "Catherine Larrabee Shines as a Social Justice Warrior." 

Finding a Moral Compass

Father Kenneth Himes, OFM (Theological Ethics) is teaching a 4-week course as part of the School of Theology and Ministry's Crossroads Courses offered online. Fr. Himes will co-teach the course with Sr. Barbara Quinn, R.S.C.J. (School of Theology and Ministry). Registration ends September 30, 2016. course details and registration


SPEAK, STAND, SIT OR SCREAM? How Young People Engage Politics & the World in 2016

September 28, 7–8:30 p.m.
Fulton 511

Doctoral candidate in Theological Ethics, Craig Ford, is among the panelists at a town hall for Boston College students. This discussion centers on how students experience politics and public life. Other panelists in include graduate students Najat Goso (Communications), Isra Hussain(Psychology), and Russell Simons (Biology). Professor Erik Owens will be moderating. event details

Women's Voices: Forming Conscience, Raising Consciousness

October 11, 6 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center Atrium (Brighton Campus)

Featured discussants are Boston College professors Cathleen Kaveny (Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Law and Theology), Régine Jean-Charles (Romance Languages and Literatures, African and African Diaspora Studies), Kerry Cronin (Lonergan Institute, Philosophy, and Center for Student Formation), and Kristin Heyer (Theological Ethics). Event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, the School of Theology and Ministry Women's Group, the Boston College Women's Council and the Church in the 21st Century Center. event details and registration

Public Theology and the Global Common Good Conference

October 14–15

This two-day conference honors the contributions of David Hollenbach, S.J., the Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and senior fellow at the Berkley Center. Fr. Hollenbach is the former University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, and was the Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. The keynote address, "The Francis Revolution: Mercy," will be delivered by Kenneth Hackett, the United States Ambassador to the Holy See on Friday, October 14, at 4 p.m. in Gasson Hall, Room 100. For a details regarding Saturday sessions and to register, visit the conference websitePlease register by October 10. Contact Prof. Kristin Heyer at with questions. conference flyer


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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