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  • 12/07/2022 7:41 PM | Anonymous

    Lumen et Vita's* Spring Graduate Conference 

    "Scripture in the Christian Life: A Source of Inspiration and Conversation."

    Conference Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023

    Keynote speaker: Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, Perkins School of Theology - Southern Methodist University 

    Abstracts are due on January 23rd, 2023 and should be emailed to lumenetvita@bc.eduRemote and virtual attendance and presenting are possible.  Detailed Call for Papers see Spring Conference Call for Papers 2023

    *Lumen et Vita is the graduate theological journal of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

  • 12/01/2022 7:51 AM | Anonymous

    Cheah, Joseph, Anti-Asian Racism: Myths, Stereotypes, Catholic Social Teaching (Orbis Books, Dec.1, 2022).

    Book review by Thomas Hampton, Asbury Theological Seminary:

  • 11/30/2022 10:34 AM | J Matthew Ashley

    Dear friends and colleagues,

      I write in my capacity as a book review editor to ask that you get in touch with me if (a) you enjoy reading academic books in languages other than English, and (b) are willing to entertain a request to review such a book for Theological Studies.  I can't guarantee that you would receive such a request, but I am very much looking to compile a list of theological scholars who have the wherewithal to read and review books in (among others) Spanish, French, German, and Italian.  

    If this appeals to you, could you reach out to me at ?  Thank you in advance for helping me in my work.

    Matt Ashley
    Book Review Editor, Theological Studies

  • 11/28/2022 5:22 PM | Anonymous

    The CTSA remembers and prays for longstanding member Pamela Kirk Rappaport who died on Friday, September 16th.

    Eternal rest grant unto Pamela, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon her.
    May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,

    through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Associate Professor Emerita, Department of Religious Studies at St. John's University, New York

    Services were privately held.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Rev. Patrick S. L. Flanagan, C.M. at St. John's.

  • 11/28/2022 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    Would you like to review a book of your choice?  has posted reviews since 2000.  It is ecumenical in spirit, and includes the various disciplines of theological/religious studies.  There are many advantages for reviewers:  you select the book of interest to you; I send you the book; you email me your review and I will post it within days. At the beginning of every month, I send out a list of books available for reviews through a listserv.   It is a good way to keep in touch with the publications in your field of interest. If you are interested, please write to me at

    CTSA Member Pierre Hegy

  • 11/09/2022 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA remembers and prays for longstanding member Donald P. Senior, C.P. who died on Tuesday, November 8.

    Eternal rest grant unto Don, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,

    through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Living Word or Dead(ly) Letter: A Response to Sandra Schneiders, CTSA Proceedings 47 (1992): 61-68.

    Joyce Duriga, Ed. Father Donald Senior reflects on 60 years of religious life. ChicagoCatholic: Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago (Chicagoland, Wednesday, July 22, 2020). 

    Letter from Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, President, Catholic Theological Union (CTU) and Thomas Brown, Chair of the Board of Trustees to the CTU Community follows:

    Dear CTU Community,

    We share with deepest sorrow that Rev. Donald P. Senior, CP entered eternal life on November 8, 2022.

    With immense gratitude, we celebrate Fr. Don’s life and the extraordinary gifts he embodied as a world-renowned biblical scholar, prolific writer, and extraordinary pastoral leader. Fr. Don’s devotion to his family, to the Passionist Order, and to the extensive CTU community was unmatched.

    More information will be forthcoming on the tremendous impact Fr. Don's life has had on Catholic Theological Union, on theological studies, on faith communities in Chicago and around the world, and on the Catholic Church.

    We rejoice that he now experiences the fullness of God’s love for all eternity. 

    Arrangements are pending.  


    Sr. Barbara Reid, OP
    Thomas Brown
    Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • 11/02/2022 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    Hosted by Jennifer Abe, Loyola Marymount University

    Sponsored by Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education 

    Colleges and universities today aspire to help students to become “whole persons.” But what would it look like if these institutions also committed to helping faculty, staff, and administrators to be whole? 

    Drawing on Jesuit traditions of contemplation, self-examination, discernment, and spiritual care, The Intersection dares to imagine wholeness as a shared good in higher education. It invites listeners to reflect on how the alignment between intellect and affect, between thinking and emotion can be a catalyst for more meaningful work and more meaningful lives.

    Episode 1: On the Challenge and Promise of Being a Whole Person in Higher Education | Listen 

    Director of digital humanities and English professor at Michigan State University, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, and Ryan Duns, a Jesuit priest and theologian at Marquette University, reflect together about obstacles and possibilities related to being whole persons in higher education. How do academic culture and institutional structures hinder people from becoming whole? What practices can promote greater alignment between intellectual work and the affective experiences that bring meaning to our lives? And what conditions can help everyone who works in higher education–faculty, staff, and administrators–to be more fulfilled in their work together?

    Episode 2: The Work of Wondering Listen 
    Chemist Nicole Bouvier-Brown of Loyola Marymount University and poet Philip Metres of John Carroll University explore the power of wonder to help people in higher education become more integrated and fulfilled. What would happen if we consciously placed wonder at the center of all of our work in higher education? How might wonder be shared across the institutional structures that divide staff from faculty, students from administrators? And how can greater attention to the power of wonder help to make everyone in higher education more whole, together? 

    Episode 3: Creativity & Communion Listen 

    Rachel Mindrup, a visual artist at Creighton University Medical School, and Aldo Billingslea, an actor and theater professor at Santa Clara University, explore the relationship between creativity and community. How can creativity help people in higher education to connect to their deepest desires and aspirations? And how can it become the source for nourishing growth into meaningful communities in the context of higher education?

    Episode 4: Accepting the Gifts of Solitude & Mortality Listen 

    Memoirist Howard Axelrod of Loyola University Chicago and religious studies scholar Gary Laderman of Emory University explore how the practice of solitude and the contemplation of mortality can help people to identify horizons of meaning in their lives and in their work. How might the experience of solitude and the contemplation of mortality help people in their search for wholeness? Can a deeper sense of their physical embodiment enable people to become better thinkers? How can examining the boundaries and limits of consciousness help people to live with greater freedom and authenticity?

  • 10/31/2022 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    The CTSA remembers longstanding member, colleague, mentor and dear friend of many Shawnee Daniels-Sykes, who died this morning.  

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

    Convention contributions include:

    ConvenerHuman Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery Interest Group, Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 73 (2018). Served as Moderator in 2017, see Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America 72

    Convener, Black Catholic Theology Consultation: "The Sacramental Imagination--African Appropriation of Catholicism", Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 67 (2012). Moderator, Black Catholic Theology Consultation, Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 72 (2017); Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 70 (2015) and "Black Catholic Theologians Across the Generations",  Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 63 (2013) .  Co-convener and Presenter, Consultation on Black Catholic Theology,   Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 69 (2014).

    Shawnee's Bio* 

    *Shawnee M. Daniels-Sykes, PhD", Women and The Catholic Social Tradition, University of San Francisco Blog Website Page.

  • 10/27/2022 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA prays for Rev. Patrick Boyle, S.J. who died recently.  

    Patrick was affiliated with the University of St. Mary of the Lake and earned his degree in 1983 in Moral Theology at Marquette University.  Below is a beautiful tribute to Patrick, who served in Vietnam, from the "We Were the Soldiers" website page posted in November of 2021.

    May Patrick rest in peace. 

    Tribute to Patrick Boyle

  • 10/26/2022 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    CTSA Member Meghan Clark invites you to attend:

    Register Here

    For the past year, five CTSA members (Stan Chu Ilo, Brad Hinze, Jennifer Owens-Jofre, Darren Dias, and myself) have been part of a wider team of six regional working groups of theologians working on a project called "Doing Theology from the Existential Peripheries" The, "Doing Theology from the Existential Peripheries is a research project of the Migrants and Refugees Section (M&R) of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Holy See. It aims at deepening the teaching of Pope Francis and promoting a renewal of theology. "   On Oct 12, 2022, this project and a website of resources was formally presented publicly at a Seminar in Rome (now available on youtube).

    On the Dicastery's website you can find the full North American Report: 

    Under "Publications" are all the Regional Working Group Reports:

    And Under "Food For Thought" are more public facing videos and guidebooks being uploaded: 

    While pastoral theologians and many others, including some of us on the working group, have engaged in interviews/fieldwork inspired theology before, this project is unique in both its global scope as well as its ecclesial nature - It is a project of and for the Migrants and Refugee Section of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development - not one designed or driven by any individual academic theologian's research or such.

    We look forward to presenting more on this project at the 2023 CTSA, however, wanted to share the links and information on the Dicastery website with our fellow CTSA members :-)

    Warm Regards,

    Full North American Working Group also includes Bill Cavanaugh, Jaime Waters, Tom Landy, and Fr. Tom Lynch

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