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News of 2013

Theology Department

Grad Student Book Release

Congratulations to Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., 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 Release

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 Prof. 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 Release

Gaillardetz Assumes CTSA Presidency

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

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 Professor John Darr and Professor 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 Release

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."