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BC Theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill Honored with Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (January 2015) – Boston College J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill has been honored with the 2015 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence. Named in honor of Cardinal Yves Congar (1904-1995), the award recognizes the contributions of contemporary theologians working, writing, and teaching, as the cardinal did, in light of the tradition while moving that tradition forward to meet the challenges of today. The award is presented annually by Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

Lisa Sowle Cahill
Lisa Sowle Cahill

"I'm honored to be recognized with the Yves Congar Award. Congar recognized that to move a tradition forward, it is essential to push the boundaries of the past, and that if we want to make our theologies stronger, we need to learn from the realities of our world,” said Cahill, who has been a faculty member at Boston College since 1976.

Cahill, who earned a doctorate in Christian theology from the University of Chicago, is a nationally noted ethicist. She is past president of both the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society of Christian Ethics. Her books include Global Justice, Christology and Christian EthicsFamily: A Christian Social Perspective; and Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics, among many others. Cahill has been honored with the John Courtney Murray Award from the CTSA and the Ignatian Award from Santa Clara University and has received nearly a dozen honorary degrees.

In conjunction with the Jan. 14 award presentation, Cahill delivered a lecture titled "Catholic Families: Theology, Practices, and 'Evangelization.'"

Previous Boston College winners of the Yves Congar Award are M. Shawn Copeland (2000) and Roberto Goizueta (2012).


--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs,