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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:
Fr. Sach's teaching and research has focused on creation and eschatology, theological anthropology, the doctrine of God and the theology of Karl Rahner.

About:
After graduating from Boston College (AB, Mathematics), Fr. Sachs 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) he was ordained in 1976 and served at Holy Trinity parish in Georgetown for two years. During the next six years, he completed his 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, Fr. Sachs joined the faculty of Weston School of Theology in 1986, where he 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 his ministry. On a more personal note, Fr. Sachs loves to cook and enjoys the great music and dance we have in Boston.

Courses:
Fall 2013

TM 703- Christ and the Religions
TM 815- Theological Anthropology

Spring 2014
TM 506- Fundamental Theology
TM 616- Creation and Eschatology

Other Courses
TM 508- Doctrine of God
TM 618- Theology of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola
TM 712- Seminar: Karl Rahner


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