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School of Theology and Ministry

John R. Sachs, S.J.

associate professor of systematic theology

Randy Sachs, S.J.

Contact Information | 617-552-6505
Simboli Hall 306


A.B., M.A., M.Div., Dr. Theol. (Tübingen)

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.


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.


On sabbatical for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.

Selected Publications

The Christian Vision of Humanity:  Basic Christian Anthropology (Liturgical Press,

“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