Professor of Systematic Theology
Chair, Ecclesiastical Faculty
Richard Lennan is a priest of the diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, ordained in 1983. After graduate studies at the University of Oxford and the University of Innsbruck (Austria), where he wrote his dissertation on Karl Rahner’s ecclesiology, he taught from 1992-2007 at the Catholic Institute of Sydney. During this time, he was a member of the Australian Anglican-Catholic dialogue and served as President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association (2005-07) Richard moved to the United Sates in 2007 to teach at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, and is currently Professor of Systematic Theology in the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, where he also chairs the Ecclesiastical Faculty.
Richard’s research and teaching focus on ecclesiology, ministry, and the theology of Karl Rahner. He has authored or edited nine books. He is an editorial consultant for Theological Studies and served as a theological advisor to the preparation of Light from the Southern Cross (2019), a document on reforming governance in the Catholic Church in Australia. Most recently, Richard was a member of the theological panel for the Plenary Council of Australia (2021-22).
Tilling the Church: Theology for an Unfinished Project (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022)
As co-editor, Priestly Ministry and the People of God: Hopes and Horizons (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2022)
“Developing Catholic Understanding and Practice of Ordained Ministry Through Receptive Learning,” in Receptive Ecumenism as Transformativce Ecclesial Learning: Walking the Way to a Church Re-formed, ed. Paul Murray, Gregory Ryan, & Paul Lakeland (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022, 156-66
“Beyond ‘The Anonymous Christian’: Reconsidering Rahner on Grace and Salvation.” Theological Studies, 83 (2022): 443–60
As co-author, “Theological Reflections on the First Assembly of the Plenary Council,” Australasian Catholic Record, 99 (2022): 131-45