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Remembering Rev. Gerard S. Sloyan

02/25/2020 9:26 AM | Anonymous

The following text is from "Gerard Sloyan, a symposium and some sad news", PrayTell Blog, Feb. 24, 2020 post (

Fr. Gerard S. Sloyan was a priest of the Diocese of Trenton, NJ. He studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, NJ, and The Catholic University of America (S.T.L.; Ph.D.). He returned to CUA in 1950 to teach in the Department of Religious Education, serving as Department Chair between 1957 and 1967, developing courses in religion and theology for religious and lay students. He was subsequently Professor in the School of Religious Studies at Temple University, Philadelphia (1967–1990). Following his retirement from Temple, he returned to CUA as Distinguished Professor in 1994, and became Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University in 1996. Fr. Sloyan’s numerous publications reflect his wide interests and influence. They include Liturgy in Focus (1964), The Passion of the Jews (with L. Swidler, 1984); John: A Biblical Commentary (1988), Catholic Morality Revisited (1990), and Preaching from the Lectionary (2004).

“Gerard S. Sloyan is one of those rare scholars who can claim an expertise in both Bible and theology that enables him to bridge the gap between exegesis and systematic theology” Frank Matera wrote in a publishing endorsement. A description of the full range of his contributions to education and inter-religious dialogue, as well as a bibliography of his numerous published works, can be found here.

About the Symposium in his honor

The Symposium will continue as scheduled and is open to the public. All are welcome. Here are the details:

Scripture, Liturgy, Catechesis, Dialogue:
A Symposium to Celebrate the Legacy of Fr. Gerard Sloyan at 100

March 4, 2020, from 10 AM to 3 PM
Caldwell Auditorium at Catholic University

Speakers and topics:
Philip CunninghamGerard S. Sloyan: A Post-Conciliar Polymath
Adele ReinhartzThe Gospel of John and the “Parting of the Ways” Between Judaism and Christianity
Rita Ferrone, Magnum Principium and the Reprioritization of the “Great Principle” of the Liturgical Reform
William LoeweErant Gigantes: Father Sloyan At Catholic U.

Sponsored by the Catholic University of American School of Theology and Religious Studies, and co-sponsored by the Diocese of Trenton

RSVP here.  For more information, and to request accommodation for persons with disabilities,contact Roxana Paalvast at paalvast@cua.eduat

Eternal rest, grant unto Gerard, O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.


  • 02/25/2020 11:49 AM | Mary E Frohlich
    Gerry was such a gracious and supportive presence at CUA back in the days when I was a grad student! I was always impressed with his humble and kind way of giving advice. Even though he was light-years ahead of me in experience and status, he always spoke as though he were a friend rather than an authority figure.
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  • 02/27/2020 2:26 PM | Anonymous
    I am deeply indebted to Gerard for being willing to mentor my first book, Reopening the Word: reading Mark as theology in the context of Early Judaism. Although we had never met, his response to my request for advice was immediate, positive and warm. As my drafts were returned to me covered with his careful, elegantly crafted comments, I came to appreciate not only his erudition but even more his exquisite sensitivity, one that extended to words, to interfaith sensibility, and to me. Over the years we became good friends. I was hoping to have one more visit with him this year, and I am saddened to know that I will not. But I cannot feel sad for him; I can only celebrate his full, rich life of scholarship, generosity and holiness.
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  • 03/03/2020 4:32 PM | Anonymous member
    A memorial service for Fr. Gerard S. Sloyan is to be held at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Potomac, Maryland, on Saturday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m. Reception follows.
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