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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

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

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. Read more about Fr. Keenan's appointment in the 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 BookmarksNCR 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.

Gathering for majors and minors

On April 7th, from noon until 1:30 p.m., Theology Majors and Minors (both current and prospective) are invited to a gathering to meet faculty, teaching fellows, graduate students, and one another. Registration required (email Gloria Rufo).

Stotzky Prize Announcement

The Boston College theology department invites undergraduates only to submit an essay to compete for the Stotzky Prize on "The Holocaust and Interreligious Understanding." Submissions are due by April 2015 (one year from now). View details regarding essay submission.

Engaging Particularities XII

This annual spring conference run by BC's Comparative Theology graduate students is being held March 20-21 at the BC campus. The conference theme is "Pedagogy and Practice." For more information, visit the BC comparative theology website.


On April 5th, Professor Emeritus Robert J. Daly, S.J., will speak at the 2014 Rev. Robert J. Randall Conference on Christian Culture at Providence College. The lecture theme is "The Living Sacrifice of the Body of Christ."

Book Review

Read Prof. Cathleen Kaveny's review of Daniel Callahan's memoir, In Search of the Good. America, BC Bookmarks

Teaching Humanae Vitae

Prof. James Keenan, S.J., writes about his method for teaching undergraduates about Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae, in an article for America magazine, entitled, "Life Lessons."


Read the latest blog entries from Prof. Cathleen Kaveny regarding "Catholic Schools Week" and the recent firing of a pregnant unwed teacher at a Catholic school in Montana. Prof. Kaveny's Commonweal blog

Top Professors and Scholars

Theological ethics professor, Lisa Sowle Cahill, was honored by in their recent article "100 Remarkable Professors & Scholars Theology Students Should Know About."

Prose Award

Congratulations to Visiting Professor, Natana DeLong-Bas, on her recent Prose Award. She edited The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women (Oxford University Press) which was honored with Honorable Mention by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) in the category of Multivolume Reference/Humanities and Social Sciences. AAP Prose WinnersOxford University Press

Review of Global Justice

T. Howland Sanks, S.J. reviews Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics by Lisa Sowle Cahill, professor of theological ethics. BC BookmarksAmerica

Review of Offering Hospitality

Professor of theological ethics, Fr. Kenneth Himes, reviews Offering Hospitality: Questioning Christian Approaches to War by Caron E. Gentry. America

Welcome to Cathleen Kaveny

The theology department welcomes newly appointed Darald and Juliet Libby Professor, Cathleen Kaveny. Prof. Kaveny holds this appointment as a scholar in both the theology department and BC law school. BC News

Catholic Theological Ethics in a World Church

Professor of theological ethics, James Keenan, S.J., speaks with America about the CTEWC and its initiatives to bring scholars together from around the world. America podcastCTEWC website

Rekindling the Christic Imagination

A new book by Fr. Robert Imbelli (former professor of systematic theology) just released, entitled Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization. Liturgical Press

Intimacy and Relationships in Catholic Life

Professor of theological ethics, Lisa Sowle Cahill, co-edited the Spring 2014 issue of C21 Resources, publication of the Church in the 21st Century Center. This month's theme is "Intimacy and Relationships in Catholic Life." C21 Resources (Spring 2014)C21 Center Semester Events, Videos and Publications


Grad Student Book Release

Congratulations to Daniel P. Horan, OFM., a doctoral student in systematic theology who recently published a book entitled, The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering.

On Evangelii Gaudium

In a recent America article, Rev. Robert Imbelli, professor (emeritus) of systematic theology, examines the latest apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, "Evangelii Gaudium" ("Joy of the Gospel"). America Magazine

Married Priests

Systematic theology professor, Richard Gaillardetz, discusses the issues of priestly celibacy, the possibility of a married priesthood, and suggestions for a theology of vocation in a Commonweal article entitled, "Married Priests: A Countercultural Witness."

Mourning the Loss of Donald Dietrich

Theology Professor Emeritus Donald J. Dietrich passed away on Saturday, November 16. Prof. Dietrich was not only a brilliant scholar, but a beloved mentor and friend to many of the BC community.  He will be deeply missed. BC News

NEW Grad A&S Program

Students may now pursue a joint M.A. in Philosophy and Theology. Concentrations include: Faith, Science and Philosophy; Foundations in Philosophy and Theology; Medieval Philosophy and Theology; and Philosophy and Religions. Program co-directors are professors Jeffrey Bloechl (Philosophy) and Brian Robinette (Theology).

Continuing the Conversation

In the wake of Pope Francis's widely-discussed interview, Rev. Robert Imbelli poses new questions for the pontiff in his America article, "An Ongoing Conversation."

Catholic Press Awards Perkins

Prof. Pheme Perkins was awarded the Catholic Press Award. Her book, First Corinthians, won first place in the Scripture category.

Vatican II's Bold Vision

Richard Gaillardetz analyzes the first six months of the Francis papacy in his article for the National Catholic Reporter, "Francis wishes to release Vatican II's bold vision from captivity."

Pope Francis Gives Extended Interview

In a recent interview, Pope Francis calls for a broadening of Catholic discourse beyond issues like abortion and contraception. Prof. Stephen Pope offers remarks to the Wall Street Journal. Prof. James Weiss offers his remarks to the Boston Herald.

Roles and Relationships in the Church

Fr. Michael Himes is guest editor of the Fall 2013 edition of the C21 Resources magazine. This issue explores how the Church must respond to the challenges of the contemporary world.

Stephen Pope on Pope Francis' Press Conference

Professor of Theological Ethics, Stephen Pope, speaks to Boston Magazine regarding Pope Francis' comments about gay priests in a July press conference. Boston Magazine

Church of the Poor: Roberto Goizueta Interview

U.S. Catholic asks Professor Roberto S. Goizueta, expert on liberation theology and Christology, "how can we be a church of the poor?" U.S. Catholic

Brown Elected VP of the ACT

Professory of church history and director of BC's Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology, Stephen F. Brown, was recently elected vice president of the Academy of Catholic Theology (ACT). BC News

Gaillardetz Assumes CTSA Presidency

Graduate Director, Richard Gaillardetz, becomes the president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). BC News

Best Religious Liberty Coverage

An article by David Hollenbach, S.J., co-authored with Thomas Shannon, is part of a special issue of America magazine that has received the 2013 first place award from the Catholic Press Association for Best Coverage of Religious Liberty Issues. The article is titled “A Balancing Act: Catholic Teaching on the Church’s Rights—and the Rights of All” and it appeared on March 5, 2012 in the issue of America on “Religious Liberty,” with other articles by Bishop Blase Cupich and by Prof. Mary Ann Glendon. The Association described the issue this way: “A wide-reaching, but thorough reflection on religious liberty today. Timely and informed, with pressing issues at the forefront. Staggering in its breadth and grasp.”

25 Years at BC

Congratulations to professors John Darr and Stephen Pope.  Both are celebrating 25 years at Boston College and will be recognized at a special dinner by university President William P. Leahy, SJ. Boston College Chronicle

Retiring Professors Honored

Professors Donald Dietrich, Charles Hefling, and Fr. Robert Imbelli, all retiring after this year, will be honored at a dinner by university President William P. Leahy, SJ. Boston College Chronicle

Book Awarded 1st Place

Congratulations to Professor Richard Gaillardetz whose recent book, Keys to the Council (Liturgical Press), co-authored with Catherine Clifford, received first place in the Religion/Philosophy category of the Midwest Independent Publishers Association awards. Midwest Independent Publishers Association Awards

ACP Book Awards

Included among the Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) 2013 awards for "Excellence in Publishing" are two of Professor Richard Gaillardetz's publications. Gaillardetz is the editor of When the Magisterium Intervenes (Liturgical Press) which won first place in the "Theology" category. Keys to the Council (Liturgical Press), co-authored with Catherine Clifford, won third place in the "General Interest" category.

Teaching Award

Graduate students Kevin Ahern and Nicholas DiSalvatore recently won the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award for 2012-2013.  Congratulations to Kevin and Nicholas!

Faculty Promotion

Congratulations to M. Shawn Copeland, professor of systematic theology, recently promoted to full professor.  In addition to being beloved by her students, Professor Copeland is a renowned scholar of theological and philosophical anthropology, political theology, as well as African American Catholic experience and history.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and author of over 100 publications, including Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being. Boston College Chronicle

Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians

Just released from Orbis Books, Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church, edited by Kevin Ahern, student in Theological Ethics.  This volume includes articles from young scholars all over the world reflecting on the Church in light of the Second Vatican Council.  Among the authors whose works were selected for this publication include B. Kevin Brown, Christopher Conway, Benjamin Durheim, Eduardo Gonzalez, Michael P. Jaycox, and Stephen Okey.

Systematics Professors Welcomed

The Boston College Chronicle profiled professors Andrew Prevot and Brian Robinette, both of whom joined our systematics faculty this past year.

Jesuit theologian: May Pope Francis expand women's role

Professor James Keenan shares his thoughts on the election of Pope Francis I with the National Catholic Reporter.

Newton College Alumnae Chair Appointment

Congratulations to Professor Catherine Cornille, Chairperson of the Theology Department, for her recent appointment to the Newton College Alumnae Chair in Western Culture. BC News

Book Release

A new book by Professor of Theological Ethics, Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., will be released in April 2013 by Orbis Books. The title is Christianity and the Political Order: Conflict, Cooptation, and Cooperation.

Newly Available

Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics, a book by Lisa Sowle Cahill, J. Donald Monan Professor of Theological Ethics.

Church 21 Spring Issue

Rev. Robert Imbelli edited the Spring 2013 issue of Church in the 21st Century Resources. Fr. Imbelli also wrote an article for the issue entitled, "The Heart Has Its Reasons."

G. Ernest Wright Award

Congratulations to Professor David Vanderhooft who was honored with the G. Ernest Wright Award. Prof. Vanderhooft with Prof. Oded Lipschits merited this award for their book, The Yehud Stamp Impressions: A Corpus of Inscribed Impressions from the Persian and Hellenistic Periods in Judah.

Sandy's Victims

Meghan J. Clark, who received her Ph.D. from the Theology Department in Theological Ethics, now assistant professor of moral theology at St. John's University, reflects on her experience in America Magazine, in an article entitled, "Sandy's Victims: Separating tragedy from injustice."



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