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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Michael Himes

theology department


Michael Himes


Stokes N421
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3953
Fax: 617-552-0794

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Ph.D., University of Chicago
MDiv, The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
BA, Cathedral College


Introduction to Christian Theology I & II
Belief in Modernity
Sacramental Principle
Introduction to Ecclesiology
Approaches to Faith
Contemplation and Ethics
Twilight of Belief
Golden Age of Atheism
Newman and Kierkegarrd
Theology and the Rise of Humanistic Atheism Part I: Slouching towards Feuerbach


Most Influential Teacher Award, voted by the graduating class of the University of Notre Dame, 1990, 1991.

The Catholic Press Association Book Award in Theology, 1994 (for Fullness of Faith: The Public Significance of Theology) and 1998 (for Ongoing Incarnation: Johann Adam Möhler and the Beginnings of Modern Ecclesiology).

The Notre Dame Social Concerns Award, awarded by the Center for Social Concerns of the University of Notre Dame, 1995.

The Sophia Award for Theological Excellence in Service to Ministry, awarded by the Trustees and Faculty of the Washington Theological Union, Silver Spring, MD, 1999.

Phi Beta Kappa Award for Outstanding Teaching, awarded by O Massachusetts Chapter (Boston College) of Phi Beta Kappa, 2002.

Doctor of Letters; St. Joseph's College, NY, 1992.

Doctor of Humane Letters; Sacred Heart University, CT, 1999.

Doctor of Letters; Molloy College, NY, 2000.

Doctor of Humane Letters; Felician College, NJ, 2001.


Fullness of Faith: The Public Significance of Theology, with Kenneth Himes, O.F.M. (Paulist Press, 1993).

Translation and Introduction: Johann Sebastian Drey: A Brief Introduction to the Study of Theology (University of Notre Dame Press, 1994).

Associate Editor, The Harper Encyclopedia of Catholicism (Harper/Collins, 1995).

Doing the Truth in Love: Conversations about God, Relationships and Service (Paulist Press, 1995).

Ongoing Incarnation: Johann Adam Möhler and the Beginnings of Modern Ecclesiology (New York: Crossroad Herder, 1997).


“The Church Is Conciliar.” In The Many Marks of the Church, eds. William Madges and Michael J. Daley (New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2006).

“Spirituality and Redemption.” In Spirituality for the 21st Century: Experiencing God in the Catholic Tradition, ed. Richard W. Miller (Liguori, MO: Liguori, 2006).

“The Church and the World in Conversation: The City of God and ‘Interurban’ Dialogue.” New Theology Review 18, #1, February 2005.

“Lay Ministers and Ordained Ministers.” In Lay Ministry in the Catholic Church: Visioning Church Ministry through the Wisdom of the Past, ed. Richard W. Miller (Liguori, MO: Liguori, 2005).

The Mystery of Faith: An Introduction to Catholicism. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2004.

“What Can We Learn from the Church in the Nineteenth Century?” In The Catholic Church in the 21st Century: Finding Hope for Its Future in the Wisdom of Its Past, ed. Michael J. Himes (Liguori, MO: Liguori, 2004).

“Möhler as Church Historian.” In Papers of the Nineteenth Century Theology Group 34, 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, eds. Darrell Jodock, David C. Ratke, and Charles J.T. Talar (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2003).

“The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Challenges and Responses.” In Examining the Catholic Intellectual Tradition 2: Issues and Perspectives., eds. Anthony J. Cernera and Oliver J. Morgan (Fairfield, CT: Sacred Heart University Press, 2002).

“Public Theology in Service to a National Conversation.” In Religion, Politics, and the American Experience: Reflections on Religion and American Public Life. The Public Religion Project. Ed. Edith L. Blumhofer. Introduction by Martin E. Marty (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002).

“Reading the Signs of the Times: Theological Reflections.” In The Catholic Theological Society of America: Proceedings of the Fifty-seventh Annual Convention (Berkeley, CA: Catholic Theological Society of America, 2002).