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  • 05/08/2023 5:22 PM | Layla Karst

    Are you musically inclined, or perhaps just like to sing? Do you play an instrument that can travel with you to Milwaukee? Then join the CTSA pop-up liturgical choir!  We are looking for choir members to sing at the CTSA annual convention liturgy on Saturday evening, May 10th. Email liturgical coordinator, Layla Karst, at for more information or to volunteer. 

  • 05/05/2023 5:02 PM | Francis X Clooney, SJ (Administrator)

    Greetings. Some of you will have already seen the very good essay by Dennis Holtschneider, CM, President of ACCU, expressing his concern about states seeking to gag free speech at colleges and universities, restricting what can be taught. His piece, from the perspective of ACCU and in light of his prior experience as president of DePaul University, is a solid defense of religious freedom, including freedom to teach freely. The link is here.

    Have a good weekend, and good luck at semester's end!


  • 05/02/2023 2:04 PM | Stephanie Wong (Administrator)

    Villanova University Department of Theology and Religious Studies is pleased to announce its new Chaplaincy Education Track within the Master of Arts in Ministry and Theology. The new Track serves those who wish to prepare for chaplaincy ministry, including the following areas: health care, prison, the military, corporate sector, university life and other institutional settings.

    Program Highlights:

    • Only chaplaincy education program offered through a university setting in Pennsylvania
    • Part-time and full-time students benefit from on-campus and hybrid modalities
    • Complete two units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
    • Prepare for a transformative leadership role
    • Full-time students can complete the program in two years
    • Funding opportunities available

    More details about the program and course requirements can be found at


  • 04/21/2023 11:19 AM | Mary Kate Holman

    Hello friends,

    I'm writing to share a Call for Papers for the Political Theology Network Conference in September. I'd especially like to draw attention to the stream called "Naming the Anthropos in Anthropocene: A Catholic Political Theology of (Hu)Man," that our team of editors for the Catholic Re-Visions blog will be facilitating, which may be of particular interest to the members of the CTSA. 

    Proposals are due by May 2.

  • 04/19/2023 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    Elizabeth O’Donnell GandolfoEcomartyrdom in the Americas: Living and Dying for our Common Home (Orbis Books, March 2023).

    Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Tracy Sayuki Tiemeler, Elisabeth T. Vasko, editors, “Why We Can’t Wait”: Racism and the Church (Orbis Books, May 2023).

  • 04/19/2023 12:30 PM | Francis X Clooney, SJ (Administrator)

    Good afternoon, everyone. Ruben (Sonny) Mendoza, President of INSeCT, invites us to their next online lecture, “Decolonizing Theologies, Decolonizing the World.” It will occur on April 25 at 930pm (Eastern Daylight Time). The speakers are the CTSA's own Dr. Melissa Pagán, and Dr. Pushpa Joseph (see below). Please register in advance here Frank

    About the speakers: 

    Dr. Melissa Pagán is a decolonial feminist ethicist. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics, and Society from Emory University. Her current research project provides a feminist decolonial and critical spatial appraisal of the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching to ascertain whether, and to what extent the coloniality of knowledge, coloniality of being, and coloniality of gender undergird and therefore undermine its teachings on social justice. Dr. Pagán’s areas of expertise and research include feminist social ethics, critical geographies, postcolonial and decolonial theories and theologies, and Latinx theologies. For the academic year 2021-2022, Dr. Pagán was the recipient of a First Book Grant for Scholars of Color from the Louisville Institute. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), the Board of Directors for the Web Branch of Feminist Studies in Religion, Inc., and is the current Chair for the Committee on Underrepresented Groups for the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). She is currently Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Religious Studies at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.

    Dr. Pushpa Joseph is a feminist theologian from India with over 20 years of experience in the field of higher education. She has taught at the Department of Christian Studies in the University of Madras for over 11 years and has guided several students in their dissertations at the masters, pre-doctoral, and doctoral levels. Her research work is focused on themes that have a prophetic and transformatory impulse, and she has published around 40 articles on various topics related to theology, ethics, and feminist issues. Among her publications are Re-imagining Marriage and Family in Asia: Asian Christian Women's Perspectives and Feminist Hermeneutics: A Contextual Reconstruction. The former is acollaborative edited work with Dr Sharon Bong and explores Asian Christian women'sperspectives on marriage and family, while the latter is a reference book on feminist hermeneutics, contextual reconstruction and is published by Salesian College Publications, Darjeeling, West Bengal.

  • 04/17/2023 12:54 PM | Francis X Clooney, SJ (Administrator)

    Good afternoon. This post is simply to inform you that the Board has established a Media Committee, to help us to keep up to date on media possibilities and challenges, with an eye toward how we can responsibly integrate a skilled use of media into our planning for the next decades. The membership is now posted under Committees, and I am grateful to everyone who has agreed to serve on the committee. If you would like a copy of the 2-page description of the committee and its role, please email me and I will send it to you.

    Speaking of Media, don't forget our very important town hall next Tuesday, as previously announced. See below., Frank Clooney, SJ, President

    Fossil Fuel Divestment Town Hall Meeting April 25th, 7 p.m. (ET)

    Erin Lothes Biviano, Chair, Fossil Fuel Divestment Committee invites the membership to save the date for a virtual town hall at which all members may be updated on the recommendations by the committee for best paths forward to implement the Board's decision to divest from fossil fuels.  A report and presentation by the committee will be followed by conversation, questions, and answers.  A registration email will be forthcoming in April.

  • 04/12/2023 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    The CTSA announces the recording of Theology and Teaching in Light of ChatGPT is now available at

    CTSA Recorded Event Videos

    Member login required to access website page.

    Theology and Teaching in Light of ChatGPT
    Tuesday, April 4, 2023


    Mary Kate Holman, Assistant Professor
    Department of History, Philosophy and Theology
    Benedictine University


    Anne Carpenter, Associate Professor
    Department of Theology and Religious Studies
    Saint Mary's College of California

    Stephen Okey, Associate Professor of Theology
    Department of Philosophy, Religion and Theology
    Saint Leo University

    David Turnbloom, Associate Professor
    Department of Theology
    University of Portland

    Precis: Following its launch in November '22, the new AI chatbot ChatGPT has presented some significant and rather daunting challenges to educators at all levels. Our spring virtual event will take up the question of how ChatGPT and similar technologies challenge us, or invite us to new forms of teaching and assessment, precisely as Catholic theologians and teachers of theology. Is this new tool an opportunity for theologians to embrace ‘the modern world’, à la Gaudium et Spes? Does it risk stifling the human task of knowing, à la Lonergan? And how do we talk to students about all this?

  • 04/05/2023 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to longstanding member John Thiel on being elected as the 111th President of the American Theological Society!  He will be serving in this role in 2023-2024.  

    His most recent book is Now and Forever: A Theological Aesthetics of Time (University of Notre Dame Press, 2023).

  • 04/05/2023 8:36 AM | Anonymous

    Member Pat Parachini invites you to attend

    Faith, Feminism and Being Unfinished:
    The Question of Women's Ordination

    Monday, April 17, 7 - 8:30 p.m. EST
    Georgetown University

    This is a sequel to a 2018 event held at Georgetown University honoring Anne E. Patrick's contributions to the field of theology.

    In-person event iand via Zoom


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