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Boston College Theologian Andrea Vicini, S.J. Chosen as a Center of Theological Inquiry Fellow

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (June 2015) -- School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Andrea Vicini, S.J. has been selected as a 2015-16 research fellow by the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ. Established in 1978, the prestigious Center of Theological Inquiry is an independent research institution rooted in Christian theology. Each year the CTI convenes leading thinkers in an interdisciplinary research environment where theology makes an impact on global concerns.

Fr. Vicini will be part of an 11-person international team of theologians and scholars in the humanities and social sciences who will pursue the “Inquiry on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology,” in dialogue with leading astrobiologists and with support from the NASA Astrobiology Program and the John Templeton Foundation.

Andrea Vicini, SJ
Rev. Andrea Vicini, S.J.

“I am very grateful for the 2015-2016 residential Fellowship at the Center of Theological Inquiry and for the opportunity of joining a remarkable international and interdisciplinary group of scholars to study the societal implications of astrobiology,” said Fr. Vicini, a professor of moral theology whose research interests include theological bioethics, genetics, end-of-life issues, medical ethics and environmental issues.

“I will contribute to the study of these implications by relying on theological ethics, by focusing on human emotions and, in particular, by examining how emotions are a relevant component of ethical discernment and moral decision making for researchers, scholars and citizens in contemporary society. Moreover, I will study scholarly reflections on emotions in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience and theology by applying them to astrobiology. Finally, I will aim to articulate a new constructive approach focused on emotions and shaped by scientific, anthropological and ethical perspectives.”

A native of Italy who earned his medical degree from the University of Bologna, Fr. Vicini worked as a pediatrician before joining the Society of Jesus and becoming a priest. He is co-editor of Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction, part of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church book series.


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