Faculty Directory

Theresa A. O'Keefe

Associate Professor of the Practice of Youth and Young Adult Faith

Selected Courses

Fall 2019

Contextual Education
The Practice of Ministry with Youth and Young Adults

Spring 2020

Contextual Education
Educating for Justice and Peace

Selected Publications

Navigating toward Adulthood:  A Theology of Ministry with Adolescents. New York: Paulist Press, 2018.

“The Adolescent and the Transforming Spirit.” In The Holy Spirit:  Setting the World on Fire, edited by Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid, 152–61. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 2017.

“Making Connections:  Neurobiology and Developmental Theory.” In Neuroscience and Christian Formation, edited by Mark Maddix and Dean Blevins, 111-20.  Charlotte, NC, Information Age Publishing, 2016.

"Growing Up Alone: The new normal of isolation in adolscence," Journal of Youth Ministry, Vol 13, no. 1 (Fall 2014), 63-84.

"Companioning Adolescence into Adulthood: Schools as communities of care and growth," in At the Heart of Education: Chaplaincy, Guidance and Pastoral Care (Dublin:  Vertias Publications, 2014).

"Book Review: When God Shows Up: a history of Protestant youth ministry, by Mark Senter," Religious Education, Vol. 107, No. 2, April 2012.

"Relationships across the Divide: An instigator of transformation," Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2010.

Learning to Talk: Conversation across Religious Difference," Religious Education Journal, Vol 104, No 2 (2009).

"The Same but Different: the culture in which our adolescents live," Journal of Youth and Theology, Vol. 7, no. 2 (November 2008), 41-59.

Coming to Know the Other ­ Coming to Know Oneself: A study of Jewish-Catholic dialogue at the congregational level - APRRE/REA (2004) The report of a qualitative research study on an experience of Jewish-Catholic interreligious learning on the congregation level, focusing on the workings of conversation in that setting - how it worked and what it accomplished.

Concerns About Covenant: A critique of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's Many Religions One Covenant - BC Website (2002) A review and an analysis of Cardinal Ratzinger's theology of covenant and its implications for relations with non-Christian religions, particularly Judaism.