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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


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