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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.


Engaging Particularities 2015 Call for Papers
U.S. Jesuit Assistancy for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue and the Boston College Theology Department announce their 13th annual graduate student conference in the areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions, and missiology. The special focus of this year's conference is "Suffering and Mortality." The conference will be held at Boston College on March 26 and March 27, 2015. Paper proposals are due January 16, 2015. Click here for Call for Papers and conference details*

2015 Summer Course in Rome
The BC theology department is offering a course entitled "Eternal Rome: Catholicism and Culture in Rome" from June 22–July 20.  During their time in Rome, students will join Pope Francis at a papal audience and see the Vatican, St. Peter's, and other major bascillicas. Students will see the Jesuit churches of Rome and experience rare access to the rooms of St. Ignatius. Also planned are tours of the Colosseum, the Forum, the ancient catacombs, and visits to Roman museums (including the Vatican Museum and the Galleria Borghese). In addition, students will enjoy excursions to Florence, Siena, and Assisi. For more details, email Prof. Boyd Taylor Coolman ( or Fr. Liam Bergin ( Flyer*


Dead Man Walking: A Conversation with Sr. Helen Prejean

Thursday, October 9, 6–9 p.m.
Boston College, Robsham Theater

Viewing of the film, Dead Man Walking, followed by conversation with the film's subject, prison minister and advocate, Sr. Helen Prejean. Cosponsored by The Church in the 21st Century Center, the School of Theology and Ministry and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. University Calendar, C21 Center


Richard Gaillardetz

One year of the Francis Papacy
Prof. Richard Gaillardetz discusses the events of the past year as well as what lies ahead for Pope Francis. Reuters | Buenos Aires Herald. Video at Fox News Boston.

David Hollenbach, S.J.

Religious Liberty
David Hollenbach, S.J.
, is one of the featured experts in this video by the Catholic News Service detailing the history of religious liberty and Catholicism. Video

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Student Profile

Matthew Richey

Matthew Richey A&S '12 has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study toward a master’s degree at Tel Aviv University in Archaeology and the History of the Land of the Bible. His seminar paper, “The Use of Greek at Qumran,” is slated for publication in the flagship journal Dead Sea Discoveries.

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Ph.D. Profile

Kevin Ahern

Kevin Ahern, Ph.D. '13 defended his dissertation and has accepted a position as an assistant professor in Catholic social ethics at Manhattan College. He is the editor of Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church (Orbis, 2013).

Ph.D. topics and placement

In Print

Women and Interreligious Dialogue

Women and Interreligious Dialogue
edited by Catherine Cornille, Jillian Maxey, Wipf & Stock, 2013

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