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  • 08/18/2020 7:14 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA mourns the loss of beloved member Anselm Min.  Below is Claremont Graduate University's tribute to Anselm.

    Eternal rest, grant unto Anslem O Lord, 
    and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May Anselm's soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

    Passings: Anselm Mi, Scholar Who Helped Students See the Enduring Relevance of the Religious Past

    Professor Emeritus Anselm Min, who passed away earlier this month, is seen here as he addresses an audience on the challenges that globalization presents to Christian theology during a 2017 conference.

    The Catholic thinker Thomas Aquinas may have died some 750 years ago, but for Anselm Min, a longtime member of CGU’s Religion Department, Aquinas had much to teach Min’s students in our hyper-self-conscious age of social media.

    “It was refreshing to read a thinker who reflects and argues rather than shouts and claims,” he wrote in his critically acclaimed 2005 study, Paths to the Triune God; “one who withdraws himself so as to let the matter speak for itself rather than intrude his own subjectivity at every available turn.”

    A scholar renowned for his efforts to make historically distant theologies relevant to the present, Min passed away earlier this month at his Upland home. For nearly 30 years, he had served as a member of the university’s Religion Department.

    Min had only just retired from CGU earlier this summer.

    School of Arts & Humanities Dean Lori Anne Ferrell circulated a message to the SAH faculty about Min’s passing, praising “his remarkable gifts of intellect and spirit.”

    On Instagram and Twitter, former colleagues and students expressed sorrow over his passing and paid tribute to Min’s warmth and scholarship.

    CGU religion doctoral student Josiah Solis on Twitter described Min as “one of the most important professors I have ever studied with.”

    Also on Twitter, University of Toronto doctoral student Sean Capener said Min was “almost single-handedly the reason I’ve spent the last seven years digging around in the medieval scholastic tradition.”

    A Distinguished Career

    Min held not one but two doctorates—one in religion from Vanderbilt University and one in philosophy from Fordham University—and helped maintain CGU’s high reputation in academic circles. He was the product of a Jesuit education and a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

    At CGU, Min received many awards, including ones from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fletcher Jones Research Grant, and he enjoyed a five-year tenure as the John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor of Religion.

    In works such as Paths to the Triune God, Korean Religions in Relation, and Faith, Hope, Love and Justice, Min worked tirelessly to show the enduring power and relevance of traditions of religious thought to our contemporary age.

    Recalling his earliest years at CGU (then CGS), Min writes in Paths to the Triune God that he had taught doctoral students since 1992, and that “during this time it occurred to me that some of our students tended to be so preoccupied with things contemporary that they not only suffered a woeful ignorance of the classical tradition but also had a positive contempt for the theological past.”

    Professor Emeritus Anselm Min In his scholarship and teaching, Min sought to address this misunderstanding, explaining to generations of students and readers the “broadening and liberating experience” of understanding and appreciating past theologians while not making excuses for their errors and prejudices.

    Ferrell also said in her message to the SAH community that they will honor and celebrate Min’s legacy as soon as quarantine conditions are lifted and in-person gatherings are allowed again.

    Min is survived by his wife, Sonnya, and their daughter Sophia.


    By Claremont Graduate University (Aug. 17, 2020) at

  • 08/15/2020 11:38 AM | Christopher Pramuk

    May be of interest for those interested in Merton's writings on race, CTSA members who teach Merton, or who have spoken for the ITMS. A collaborative document, the fruit of an increasing wealth of scholarship on Merton and race. As current VP of the ITMS, I'd welcome any feedback, critical and otherwise.  (

  • 08/08/2020 8:16 AM | Dr. Phyllis Zagano

    Here is Paul speaking on the mystery of suffering:

  • 08/07/2020 10:36 PM | Anonymous

    The CTSA mourns the loss of its beloved member Paul Crowley, S.J.  Below is Santa Clara's tribute of Paul the university community. 

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

    Dear Members of the University Community,

    Today, we lost one of our beloved faculty members, Paul Crowley, S.J., Santa Clara Jesuit Community Professor in Religious Studies, after his long battle with cancer. We join with the Jesuit community in mourning Paul’s loss and pray for consolation for all of us who loved and cared for him. 

    Since 1989, Paul served the Santa Clara University community with generosity, gentleness, and a profound holiness that grounded his teaching, scholarship and vocation. Over his years at Santa Clara, he held the titles of professor of religious studies, department chair, and member of numerous committees and planning initiatives that would guide the University’s understanding of its Jesuit Catholic mission in the world. 

    Paul’s contributions to the Church and all people of faith as a renowned and gifted theologian are expansive. Paul taught theology in the Religious Studies Department, Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries and at the Jesuit School of Theology. His teaching also brought him to Stanford University and the Weston School of Theology, now the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, as a visiting professor. He was a prolific writer with numerous award-winning publications, with books on Karl Rahner, Robert McAfee Brown, pluralism in the Church, and faith and suffering. Paul was very active in his profession, having served as editor-in-chief of the prestigious journal of the Society of Jesus, Theological Studies, and as a member of its board. He also held appointments on the boards of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and Jesuit School of Theology.  

    Paul held an inclusive view of faith that reflected an Ignatian ministry of hospitality. As one of his colleagues reflected, “It is very easy to describe Paul and his life as a priest, professor, and friend. This word is simply this: Paul is a holy man. What a gift his holiness is to all of us!” 

    On a personal note, I am a better Jesuit, priest, theologian, and person because of Paul. By his writing and example, he always reminded me that before everything else, we are human, and it is in the human -- in our beauty and brokenness --  that we meet the divine. 

    We all have been so very blessed with Paul as priest, professor and friend. After such a generous life spent for others, we are confident he now rests in the peace of God, whom he spent his life leading others to.

    May God grant him eternal rest with the communion of saints!

    Notes of condolence may be sent to the Jesuit Community:

    Jesuit Community
    Santa Clara University
    500 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053


    Kevin F. O'Brien, S.J.

  • 08/05/2020 3:15 PM | John R Connolly

    Hello Colleagues,

    Just want to let you know that I have developed a new website on Pope Francis's reform of the church.  It is an effort to inform Catholics in the U.S. of the teachings and views of pope Francis, something that they do not often hear from the U.S. bishops and priests. Check it out if you like.

    John Connolly

  • 08/03/2020 4:53 PM | William George

    During graduate studies in ethics and society at the University of Chicago Divinity School in the late 1980s, I lived a few blocks from the Henry Moore sculpture commemorating the first self-sustained nuclear reaction, a key moment in the development of the atomic bomb. I often wondered what went through the minds of those brilliant contributors to the Manhattan Project as they labored under the bleachers of Stagg Field. As we mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, perhaps this reflective return to that site, published in the Martin Marty Center's "Sightings," will aid your own reflections on those deeply troubled times--and on ours.

  • 08/03/2020 8:13 AM | Anonymous

    CFP - due 10/1/20, Annual Meeting of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music (Feb. 25-27, 2021) Mercer University, Macon, GA.

  • 08/03/2020 8:11 AM | Anonymous

    Thomas E. Malewitz, Authenticity, Passion, and Advocacy (Wipf and Stock, July 2020).

    Bob Pennington and Thomas M. Kelly, Bridge Building: Pope Francis' Practical Theological Approach (Herder & Herder, July 2020).

  • 08/03/2020 8:09 AM | Anonymous

    CFP - due 8/15/20, Newman: Scholar, Convert, Reformer, Cardinal, Saint (Oct. 23), Regis College.

  • 07/27/2020 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    Rev. Valentine J. Peter, “Val
    November 20, 1934 – June 30, 2020

    Father Valentine J. Peter expanded Father Flanagan’s dream of changing the way America cares for her children and families. He led the growth of Boys Town from the Village of Boys Town, Nebraska, eventually to 19 sites in 14 states and Washington D.C. 

    An Omaha native, Father Peter was the fourth executive director of Boys Town. He assumed the post June 15, 1985.  Under his direction, Boys Town grew to provide direct care, including hospital treatment, to more than 43,000 children each year. A million more were helped each year through outreach and training programs. 

    Father Peter is on the boards or committees of more than 20 national and local organizations. He has published numerous books and popular and scholarly articles.  Father Peter holds doctorate degrees in both Canon Law and Theology. 

    His service to children as a youth advocate, educator, and friend has spanned more than four decades. Father Peter retired as Executive Director of Boys Town on July 1, 2005.  He served as Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Associate Pastor at the Immaculate Conception Dowd Memorial Chapel for a number of years before fully retiring and moving to New Cassel Retirement Home in Omaha.  He continued his mission of working with Boys Town alumni until his passing. 

    Father Peter passed away on June 30, 2020 and is buried in his family plot in Omaha, Nebraska.  

    Above text was written and posted online by:

    Boys Town National Alumni Association, June 2020,  accessed  July 27, 2020 at

    See also:

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

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