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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.


Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., Guest Editor of C21 Resources
Fr. Kenneth Himes is guest editor of the fall 2014 edition of C21 Resources. The issue is titled "The Poor: What Did Jesus Preach? What Does the Church Teach?" C21 Resources (fall 2014 issue), BC Bookmarks

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.


Jesus: A Pilgrimmage
Thursday, September 25, 6:30–8 p.m.

Boston College, Robsham Theater

Fr. James Martin, S.J., editor of America, and as known to some, the "official chaplain" of The Colbert Report, speaks on topics from his new book. In Jesus: A Pilgrimmage, Martin brings together insights from meditations on the "historical Jesus" and the "Christ of faith." Cosponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and The Church in the 21st Century Center. University Calendar

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