Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Catherine (Cathy) Buescher

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PhD Candidate

Dissertation Title: "Dialogical Hermeneutics, Silence, and Forgiveness at the Limit in Shūsaku Endō’s Novel Silence"


John McCarthy


Dialogical hermeneutics and its application to intra- and inter-religious dialogue; exploration of the phenomenon on the other side of Ricoeur's positive limit of dialogical hermeneutics; identification and analysis of that phenomenon as silent forgiveness; relationality and change as the fundamental phenomena of universe and the implications for theology and theological ethics


Project Coordinator, Center for Faculty Excellence, Office of the Provost (April 2021 - present)

Project Coordinator, Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy (August 2019 - May 2020)


"Diagnosing Silent Forgiveness at the Dialogical Limit in Shūsako Endō’s Novel Silence" Presented at 2022 MidWest AAR Conference, March 3-5 (virtual)

“Cognitive Science of Religion, Theism and Freedom: An Investigation into Compatibility.” The Genesis of Concepts and the Confrontation of Rationalities Conference, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la Neuve, Belgium, October 8, 2015.

“Suffering: A Catholic-Buddhist Dialogues.” Engaging Particularities XIII: New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions, and Missiology Conference, Boston College, Boston, March 26, 2015.

“Do We Have a Soul? Answers from Substance Dualism, Eliminative Physicalism and Nonreductive Physicalism and Their Implications for Christian Theology.” Theta Alpha Kappa Panel: Is My Brain Killing My Soul, Loyola University Chicago, February 19, 2014.


“Christology: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” 13th Annual Loyola University Chicago/Marquette Graduate Theological Colloquium, February 21, 2015. Respondent to Ashley Smith's “A Christologically Shaped Lens for the Discussion of Disability: Rethinking the Able-Normative Theological Vision.”

“Theology and Ethics in the Midst of Ecological Concern,” 12th Annual Loyola University Chicago/Marquette Graduate Theological Colloquium, February, 15, 2014.


Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Ph.D. – Integrative Studies in Ethics and Theology
Anticipated 2022

Fordham University, New York, NY
M.A. – Theology, summa cum laude, 2013

Creighton University, Omaha, NE
B.S. – Elementary Education, summa cum laude, 1993


THEO 100 - Introduction to Christian Theology (3 semesters)