Faculty Directory

Theresa A. O'Keefe

Professor of the Practice, Religious Education

Selected Courses

Fall 2022

The Practice of Ministry with Youth and Young Adults

Educating for Justice & Peace

Spring 2023

Identity: From Discovery to Integration

Mission, Curriculum, and Pedagogy: Teaching High School Religion


Selected Publications

O’Keefe T. "Colliding Ecosystems: Interpreting the Complex Social World of Adolescent Children of Immigrants." Christian Education Journal. 2018;15(3):465-478. doi:10.1177/0739891318805107

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.