Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Emeritus Faculty

Jon Nilson, PhD

Title/s:  Professor Emeritus

Email: jnilson@luc.edu

CV Link: Nilson CV


Jon Nilson received his BA and STB degrees from the University of St. Mary of the Lake before earning his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to Loyola in 1975, he taught at Illinois Benedictine College and the University of Dallas. He has held visiting professorships at the Catholic Theological Union and the General Theological Seminary (Episcopal) in New York. He was President of the Catholic Theological Society of America in 2002–2003.

Program Areas

A study of the role of the Church vis-à-vis racism.

Research Interests

Ecclesiology; Ecumenism; Roman Catholicism in the 19th and 20th centuries; Theological method; African American Religious Thought

Selected Publications

Nothing beyond the Necessary. New York: Paulist Press, 1995.

Hearing past the Pain. New York: Paulist Press, 2007.