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School of Theology and Ministry

John R. Sachs, S.J.

associate professor of systematic theology

Sachs

Contact Information:
Office: 306
Email: randy.sachs.1@bc.eduOffice Phone: 617-552-6505

Address:
Boston College
School of Theology and Ministry
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Areas of Interest:
My teaching and research has focused on creation and eschatology, theological anthropology, the doctrine of God, Ignatian Spirituality, and the theology of Karl Rahner.

About:
After graduating from Boston College (AB, Mathematics), I entered the New England Province of the Jesuits. After formation that included another degree at BC (MA, Philosophy) and theology studies at Weston School of Theology (MDiv) I was ordained in 1976 and served at Holy Trinity parish in Georgetown for two years. During the next six years, I completed doctoral studies in Tübingen (Dr. theol., Spirit and Life: The Pneumatology and Christian Spirituality of Hans Urs von Balthasar) under the direction of Professor (now Cardinal) Walter Kasper. After two years at Fairfield University, I joined the faculty of Weston School of Theology in 1986. I enjoyed teaching and serving as Academic Dean until 2008, when the school became part of the STM. In the wider church community, spiritual direction, retreat work and a local intentional Eucharistic community are other important parts of my Jesuit ministry. On a more personal note, I love to cook and enjoy the great music and dance we have in Boston.

Courses:
Fall 2014

Theological Anthropology (TMST7056)
Creation and Eschatology (TMST8011)

Spring 2015
Doctrine of God (TMST7010)
Theology and the Ignatian Exercises (TMST8501)

Other Courses
Seminar: Karl Rahner (TM 712)
Christ and the Religions (TM 703)
Fundamental Theology (TM 506)

Selected Publications:
The Christian Vision of Humanity:  Basic Christian Anthropology (Liturgical Press,
1991)

“Catholic Identity Today:  Jesuit Style,” the 2007 Bellarmine Lecture, published by
Fairfield University in Jesuit Education:  A Vision of Human Flourishing (2007).

“The Holy Spirit and Christian Form,” Gregorianum 86/2 (2005) 378-96

“The Spirit of the Risen Lord,” The Way Supplement 99 (2000) 22-34

“Ignatian Mysticism,” The Way Supplement 82 (1995) 73-83

“Apocatastasis in Patristic Theology,” Theological Studies 54 (1993) 617-40

“Current Eschatology:  Universal Salvation and the Problem of Hell,” Theological
Studies 52 (1991) 227-54