Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Adjunct Faculty and Emeritae

Dorothy Jonaitis

Title/s:  Adjunct Assistant Professor

Email: djonaitis@luc.edu


Dr. Dorothy Jonaitis has taught a variety of religious studies topics for various dioceses and also on the university level since 1988, when she began teaching Scripture on a regular basis at the Catholic Biblical School in Denver, CO.  This was immediately after completing a Master’s degree in New Testament from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.  After 11 years in Denver, she completed study for a Doctor of Ministry degree at Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis.  Subsequently, she was hired by the University of Dallas School of Ministry and worked there until 2011.  She continued teaching courses for the Diocese of Dallas and recently was hired by Loyola University, Chicago, to teach a Masters level course in Old Testament.  In fall, 2017, she will be teaching the Catholic Biblical School Program online.  Some of the other adult education courses taught on the diocesan level include:  Christology; Creed; Ecclesiology; Styles of Learning; Introduction to Scripture, Old Testament, New Testament; Women in the Bible; and Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Dorothy has been privileged to participate with co-workers in revising and updating the Catholic Biblical School Program published by Paulist Press (2007 – 2010).  She also authored Unmasking Apocalyptic Texts: A Guide to Preaching and Teaching (Paulist Press, 2005).  She is a regular contributor to Words of Grace (All Saints Press, 2011 – present).  Speaking engagements have included, over the years, the following:  University of Dallas Ministry Conference; summer classes in Vilnius, Lithuania (2007, 2009); Conference on apocalyptic literature, Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, 2008), Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (2 years:  2007, 2009), and the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies (2007).

Comments from IPS Students:
Has extensive and applicable knowledge of the scriptures…an available, understanding and flexible professor.
Very well versed in Scripture.  Makes the Old Testament applicable to our lives today.  Her assignments are logically designed for students to learn the material without being overwhelming.