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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.


BC at CTSA Annual Conclave
The Theology Department and School of Theology and Ministry were a significant presence at the annual meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America, held this month. Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz completed his term as president, while David Hollenbach, S.J., holder of the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice, was elected vice-president, to be followed by the presidency in two years. BC Chronicle.

Keenan Named Jesuit Institute Director
Congratulations to Prof. James Keenan, S.J., Founders Professor of Theology, who has just been named the director of the Jesuit Institute and holder of the Canisius Chair. BC Chronicle.

Review of Rekindling the Christic Imagination
Fr. Robert Imbelli's recent book Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evagelization is reviewed in the National Catholic Reporter. BC Bookmarks | Read the NCR review

Grad Student Accomplishments
Congratulations to Joshua Snyder and Jillian Maxey, recipients of the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award. Congratulations to Joshua Snyder for receving a teaching fellowship for summer 2014. Congratulations also goes to David Turnbloom and Nicole Reibe, recipients of dissertation fellowships.


Mary of Magdala: Apostle and Prophet
Tuesday, July 22, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

Chestnut Hill Campus: St. Ignatius Church (Mass); Yawkey Athletic Center, Murray Room (lecture)

Presentation by Mary Ann Hinsdale, I.H.M., professor of systematic theology, on the occasion of the sixth annual Mary Magdala Day Celebration. Event details and registration


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.

More Student Profiles

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