Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Stories Archive

  • Event

    Science, Society, and the Search for Life Elsewhere/The History of Volatiles and the Climate on Mars - Past, Present, and Future

    Prof. Bruce Jakosky, Principal Investigator of the Mars Atmospheric Volatile and Evolution (MAVEN) mission will give two presentations at Loyola on October 31, 2019. The first lecture will provide an update of the MAVEN project; the second lecture will explore the social significance of space exploration.
  • Event

    Controversial Conversations

    Prof. Miguel Diaz's John Courtney Murray Chair will host two upcoming controversial conversations - the first conversation will be on the Synod of the Bishops of Amazon; the second conversation will be co-sponsored by Prof. Hille Haker's McCormick Chair will respond to the Congregation for Catholic Education's document "Male and Female He Created Them."
  • Faculty

    Science and Religion: Prerequisites for an Integral Ecology

    Nancy Tuchman, Dean of the Institute for Environmental Sciences, and Michael Schuck, Professor of Theology, will speak at Dominican University's Siena Center on October 10, 2019 regarding their integral ecology textbook, Healing Earth. The lecture will explore the interdisciplinary relations between science, ethics, and spirituality in ecological science and will discuss the action necessary for the healing of our earth.
  • Faculty

    Dr. Hille Haker to give commendation at ceremony awarding Alfons Auer Award to former Irish President Mary McAleese.

    Prof. Hille Haker will deliver the commendation at the University of Tübingen's ceremony awarding the 2019 Alfons Auer Award to former Irish President Mary McAleese. The prestigious Award of the University of Tübingen is named after the late Rev Professor Alfons Auer, one of the most important moral theologians at and after the Vatican II Council (1962-1965). The celebration of the award will take place at the University of Tübingen on October 30, 2019.
  • Congratulations to Our 2020 Graduating Students

    The faculty and staff of the Theology Department would like to acknowledge the students who are graduating this Spring and celebrate this great achievement with you!
  • 2020 Annual Undergraduate Paper Prize Competition Winners

    The LUC Department of Theology is pleased to announce Max Dziablis, Rachel Groth, and Angela Vainikos as the winners of its undergraduate paper prize competition. The prizes were awarded to encourage publication-level work in the fields of theology and religious studies and to reward talented undergraduates who have engaged in original work in a Theology or Religious Studies class here at LUC.
  • Where Have All the Theologians Gone and Why Bioethics Needs Them?

    Prof. Michael McCarthy of the Neiswanger Institute will give the Fall 2018 Majors and Minors Lecture.
  • Pope Francis calls for retreat for U.S. Bishops at Mundelein Seminary

    Prof. Miguel Diaz, John Courtney Murray, S.J., Chair in Public Service, was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune regarding the call by Pope Francis for a retreat for U.S. Bishops at Mundelein Seminary to address the sex abuse crisis.
  • Re-Writing the New Testament

    The Cody Chair invites interested students and faculty to attend an advanced graduate seminar titled “Re-Writing the New Testament” on Monday, October 22, from 10:25 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. in Mundelein 415.
  • How does Religion Belong in Politics? A Conversation on the Catholic Vote

    The John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service will host a conversation on the relation between religion and politics on October 4 at 5:00 p.m. in the Regis Hall Multipurpose Room.
  • Voices Pope Francis Will Not Hear

    On Monday, August 20th, Hille Haker will participate in a panel discussion at the Trinity School of Religion in Dublin, Ireland titled "Voices Francis Will Not Hear." The panel is being held on the occasion of Pope Francis' visit to Ireland.
  • Making America Inclusive Again: A “Catholic” Approach to Our Neighbors. Miguel H. Díaz

    A number of religious scholars and activists put together some critical reflections on the current administration from a variety of faith perspectives and covering a wide range of issues. April 18, 2018
  • Breaking White Supremacy: The Black Social Gospel, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the "Fury in the Negro"

    Prof Gary Dorrien will lecture on Monday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in the Information Commons, 4th Floor Lecture Hall.
  • Catholic Conversion Narratives in Modernist Aesthetics

    The Loyola Theology Department, the Hank Center and KU Leuven would like to invite you to attend our latest collaborative conference, Catholic Conversion Narratives in Modernist Aesthetics on April 16th and 17th in Regents Hall
  • Conference


    On March 12th and 13th, Loyola University Chicago will bring together leading theologians and legal scholars from around the country for a two-day conference on the subject of religious freedom.
  • Award

    Healing Earth

    The Healing Earth Textbook, a project of the International Jesuit Ecology Project, wins Expanded Reason Award in the Teaching Category.
  • A Lutheran's Love Letter to Pope Francis

    Professor Aana Marie Vigen has published "A Lutheran's Love Letter to Pope Francis" in America, the Jesuit Review.
  • Where Have All The Heavens Gone?

    Profs. John McCarthy and Edmondo Lupieri are happy to announce the publication of "Where Have All The Heavens Gone? Galileo's Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina."
  • Theology and Interdisciplinary Study

    Prof. Hans Svebakken teaches an interdisciplinary study course on the relation of religion and science
  • Marking 500 Years of Martin Luther's 95 Theses

    That We May All Be One: Reformation and the Spirit of Christian Unity
  • Congratulations Zach Ludwig!!

    Zach Ludwig awarded the 2017 Albert Clark Award
  • An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

    A screening of a new documentary by Martin Doblmeier on the late theologian Reinhold Niebuhr will be held April 12 in the Damen Student Center Cinema at 4:00 p.m
  • News

    Miguel Diaz responds to Trump's immigration policies and his first 100 days in office.

    Miguel Diaz responds to Trump's immigration policies and his first 100 days in office.
  • News

    Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents

    Prof. Michael Schuck and Loyola Ph.D. John Crowley-Buck participated in a lunch seminar at DePaul University to discuss Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents, a book which they co-edited.
  • Conference

    "Who is Sitting on which Beast?" Interpretative Issues in the Book of Revelation

    The John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology will be sponsoring a conference titled “Who is Sitting on Which Beast: Interpretive Issues in the Book of Revelation” on March 30 – 31 in the Information Commons 4th Floor Lecture Hall.
  • News from The Society of Christian Ethics

    Theology Department faculty member Dr. Anna Vigen and Theology Department Ph.D. candidate Sara Wilhelm Garbers have been named to the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics.
  • Dr. Susan Ross Talks Direction of Catholic Church on WTTW

    Dr. Susan Ross recently sat down with WTTW's host Phil Ponce to discuss the direction of the Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of Chicago. The occasion for the conversation was the elevation of Archbishop Blase Cupich to Cardinal by Pope Francis on November 19.
  • Dr. Miguel Diaz Offers A Perspective On Trump Presidency

    Dr. Miguel Diaz, University Professor and former United States Ambassador to the Holy See, recently offered a Catholic perspective on the Trump Presidency. Published in Crux, Dr. Diaz's opinion piece contrasted with another Crux piece written by another former US Ambassador to the Holy See, Florida congressman Francis Rooney.
  • Faculty

    Mike Schuck on Worldview

    At noon on December 8, 2016, Dr. Michael Schuck spoke with Chicago public radio's program "Worldview" on the topic of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • Lecture

    2016 Annual Cody Chair Lecture and Graduate Seminar

    This year's 2016 Annual Cody Lecture and Graduate Seminar featured Simon Claude Mimouni from the École Pratique des Hautes Études.
  • Loyola Theology Alumna Dr. Melissa Browning's Theological Conversations Go Beyond Classroom

    Dr. Melissa Browning, a 2011 alumna of Loyola's doctoral program in Christian Ethics, extends her theological conversations beyond the classroom with ongoing contributions to the Huffington Post's Voices Blog.
  • Study in Jerusalem

    Interested in Judaism? Interested in Jerusalem? Then apply to study Judaism in Jerusalem this coming summer!
  • Dr. Hans Svebakken Receives 2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen

    The Department of Theology delights in announcing that Dr. Hans Svebakken, Instructor of Theology received The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshman.
  • Faith and Public Service: A Discussion on Pope Francis' Address to Congress

    In anticipation of our local, state, and national elections you are invited to attend a discussion on Pope Francis’ 2015 address to Congress.
  • Colloquium

    4th International McCormick Ethics Colloquium

    Healing the Wounds of Violence: How to Understand and Respond to Religious and Political Violence
  • Award

    Midwest Society of Biblical Literature Graduate Student Paper Award

    Cambry Pardee, an NTEC Ph.D. candidate at Loyola, was awarded the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature's Graduate Student Paper Award.
  • Faculty

    Society of Jesus Response to Climate Change

    At 12:00pm on Monday, January 25, Dr. Michael Schuck, Dr. Nancy Tuchman, and Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J. will be interviewed on the WBEZ radio program World View.
  • Faculty Accomplishments

    International Summit on Human Gene Editing

    Hille Haker will speak at the upcoming International Summit on Human Gene Editing in Washington, D.C.
  • Galileo Series

    Celebrazioni Galileiane – Celebrating Galileo

    On the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s Letter to Christina of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
  • Lecture

    The Societal Implications of Astrobiology

    Robin Lovin, the William H. Scheide Senior Fellow at the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, will give a presentation on October 15 titled “The Societal Implications of Astrobiology.”
  • Conference

    The Church in the Americas

    The John Courtney Murray, S.J., University Chair in Public Service presents its Faith and Public Life series.
  • Colloquium

    Divine and Human Others: Mystical Theology and Human Flourishing

    A public colloquium on the mystical in Christianity and its significance for today will be held on Tuesday, October 27, in honor of the contributions of Adriaan Peperzak, Schmitt Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago
  • Laudato Si’ @ LUC

    On Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, attend a day-long conversation on Pope Francis' landmark encyclical, Laudato Si'. All sessions are free of charge and will be held on the 4th Floor of the Information Commons.
  • Responsibility and the Integrity of Life: A Colloquium with William Schweiker

    A lecture and colloquium with distinguished ethicist William Schweiker will be held on April 16 at 4:00 p.m. in the Information Commons, 4th Floor.
  • New Book by Prof. Urban Von Wahlde

    Prof. Urban Von Wahlde has published a new work titled "Gnosticism, Docetism, and the Judaisms of the First Century: the Search for the Context of John's Gospel and Why It Matters."
  • Prof. Hille Haker elected President of Societas Ethica

    Prof. Hille Haker was elected President of Societas Ethica at its 2015 Annual Convention in Linköping, Sweden.
  • Brett Lewis named Sujack Master Teacher

    Prof. Bret Lewis has been named a Sujack Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Sujack ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 21, at 4:15 in Coffey Hall.
  • Prof. Tracy Pintchman - Spring 2015

    Prof. Tracy Pintchman, Professor in the Religious Studies Program and Director of Global and International Studies, was recently profiled in the University of California at Santa Barbara alumni magazine.
  • New Book by Prof. Marcia Hermansen

    Prof. Marcia Hermansen, Director of the Islamic World Studies Program, is co-editor of a new book titled "Islam, Religions, and Pluralism in Europe."
  • Prof. Susan Ross on Women in Catholic Higher Education

    Prof. Susan Ross was interviewed by U.S. Catholic magazine on the status of women in Catholic Higher Education.
  • Pauline Viviano article in America Magazine

    Prof. Pauline Viviano has an article titled "Redeeming the Bible: Can Scripture be a Source of Unity rather than Division?" in the Feb. 4, 2015 edition of America Magazine.
  • The Pope Is Talking To You, Chicago

    Profs. Michael Schuck of the Theology Department and Nancy Tuchman of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability have co-authored an opinion piece in the Chicago Sun Times titled "The Pope Is Talking To You, Chicago."
  • Media Coverage of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi's visit to Loyola

    Following the announcement of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi’s visit to Loyola to receive an honorary doctorate and lecture at a colloquium on culture in Latino/a theology, multiple trade media outlets covered the story.
  • To Tend the Earth: Responding to the Global Climate Change Crisis

    Loyola University Chicago’s second annual Climate Change Conference moves beyond the sterile debate of whether global climate change exists to the theme of tending the earth. “To tend” means to pay attention to; to act as the caretaker of; to serve. This conference will unfold the implications of “To Tend the Earth” through reflection upon those ethical principles, policies, and actions needed to combat the crisis of global climate change.
  • "Incapable of Contentment”: A Merton Style Sanctity

    Pauline Viviano of Loyola's Theology Department will give this spring's Majors and Minors Lecture on Wednesday, February 25 from 3:30–5 p.m. in Crown Center 530. All are invited and refreshments will be served.
  • The Racial Divide in the United States

    The Most Rev. Edward Braxton (Bishop of Belleville, IL) will come to Loyola to speak about the racial divide in the United States today.
  • His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to Receive Honorary Degree from Loyola University Chicago

    In honor of the installation of the John Courtney Murray Chair in Public Service, His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi will address Loyola University Chicago community and receive an honorary degree from Loyola.
  • The Preferential Option for Culture in Latino/a Theology

    This colloquium seeks to honor the presence of Cardinal Ravasi in the United States by engaging the rich history and diversity of Latino/a Catholicism, and the origins, development, and future of Latino/a theology.
  • Life in Dialogue with Faith: The Subtle Complexities of an Ongoing Conversation

    Colby Dickinson of Loyola's Theology Department will give the Hank Center's Cardinal Newman lecture on February 10 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in McCormick Lounge.
  • Feminist Bioethics and the Concept of Parenthood in the Age of Reproduction

    Prof. Hille Haker spoke at LMU's Bioethics Institute on Thursday, February 6, on the topic of "Feminist Bioethics and the Concept of Parenthood in the Age of Reproduction."
  • Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

    On Nov. 20 - 21, Loyola will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador. As a part of this commemoration, eminent liberation theologian Jon Sobrino will be conferred an honorary doctorate and will give this year's Cody Lecture.
  • 2014 Annual McCormick Chair Lecture

    The distinguished German Catholic theologian Dr. Knut Wenzel, professor of fundamental theology and dogmatic theology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, will give this year’s annual McCormick Chair Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 11th.
  • Prof. Edmondo Lupieri

    Prof. Edmondo Lupieri, the John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology, will present a paper titled "Jesus, Jerusalem, the Temple: Traces of His Halakhic Teaching in Defense of the Temple" at the international conference La question de la «sacerdotalisation» dans le judaïsme chrétien, le judaïsme synagogal et le judaïsme rabbinique
  • How Pauline is the Gospel of Mark?

    Dr. Clare Rothschild of Lewis University will participate in an Advanced Graduate Seminar sponsored by Prof. Edmondo Lupieri, the John Cardinal Cody Chair.
  • Prof. Hille Haker

    Prof. Hille Haker will give a paper titled "Recognition and Misrecognition in Paul Ricoeur’s ‘Course of Recognition'" at the international conference "Paul Ricoeur: Thinker of the Margins? / À la frontière de la pensée de Paul Ricoeur".
  • "Hidden Behind a Veil of Blood:" God and the Violence Against Women in the Bible

    Loyola Theology Department faculty Susan A. Ross and Pauline Viviano will address the topic of women and violence in the Bible in a presentation at the Siena Center of Dominican University on Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Liberation Theology: What Is It?

    Loyola University Chicago’s Chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honors Society for Religious Studies and Theology, is sponsoring its first program of the 2014 - 2015 academic year.
  • Medieval Mystics and the Mind of God

    Mark McIntosh will give the first of this year's Medieval Studies Center Lecture Series.
  • 3rd International McCormick Chair Colloquium

    In a continuation of last year's dialogue with faculty and students from the Universität Erfurt, the Richard J. McCormick Chair of Catholic Moral Theology co-sponsored the 3rd International McCormick Chair Colloquium with the Universität Erfurt.
  • Making Sense of Jesus in the 21st Century

    Michael Welker, Professor Emeritus and Senior Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Heidelberg, will participate in a seminar discussion of his recent book, "God the Revealed: Christology" on Monday, April 7, from 4:15 to 6:45 p.m. in Coffey Hall - McCormick Lounge.
  • McCormick Chair Lecture and Colloquium with Prof. Robin Lovin

    Robin Lovin, Director of Research at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, and Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics emeritus at SMU, participated in a McCormick Chair Lecture and Colloquium on Feb. 21, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Piper Hall.
  • Ecology and Religion: Pedagogical Challenges & Opportunities

    Dr. Sandra Sullivan Dunbar of the Theology Department and Stephen Mitten, S.J. from the Institute of Environmental Sustainability will speak at the Theology Department’s next event on Theology and Ecology.
  • Religious Environmentalism, Hinduism, and India - Romanticism or Reality

    Profs. Tracy Pintchman and William French will address the topic “Religious Environmentalism, Hinduism, and India: Romanticism or Reality?” this Wednesday, March 12, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Coffey Hall – McCormick Lounge.
  • A Panel on Queer Theology

    Loyola University Chicago’s Chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honors Society for Religious Studies and Theology, will hold its second panel presentation this spring on the the topic of "Queer Theology" on Wednesday, March 26, in Cuneo Hall 324.
  • International Conference on Jesuits and Social Justice

    On April 4, 2014, Dr. Michael Schuck will speak at the International Conference on Jesuits and Social Justice at the Akademia Ignatianem in Krakow Poland on the topic "Integrating Environmental Science, Spirituality, and Ethics in Jesuit Education."
  • Is My Brain Killing My Soul?

    Loyola University Chicago’s Chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honors Society for Religious Studies and Theology, held a panel presentation on the topic "Is My Brain Killing My Soul? on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Cuneo Hall 324.
  • New World Pope: Pope Francis & The Future Of The Church

    The video of Fr. Peter Bernardi's plenary address, "Pope Francis and Ignatian Discernment," given for a conference at DePaul University, is now available for viewing.
  • Theology and Ethics in the Midst of Ecological Concern

    The 12th Annual Loyola University Chicago/Marquette Graduate Theological Colloquium was held on Saturday, February, 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Information Commons, 4th Floor.
  • Ecology and Liturgy: The Jewish Feast of Tu BiShvat

    Devorah Schoenfeld spoke on "Ecology and Liturgy: The Jewish Feast of Tu BiShvat" on Wednesday, January 15, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in Coffey Hall - McCormick Lounge.
  • Keynote Address - 'The Art of "Chasing Ice"'

    James Balog, founder of the Extreme Ice Survey, the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted, was the keynote speaker on Thursday, Nov. 14, for a conference titled "U.S. Energy and Environment: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy."
  • Theology & Ecology Events 2013 - 2014

    The Theology Department is sponsoring a series of lectures and programs this academic year on the topic of environmental sustainability with other departments and institutes throughout the university. The programs will range from a major conference co-sponsored with the Institute for Environmental Sustainability to programs featuring the Loyola Theology faculty.
  • The 2013 Cody/Farrell Lecture and Colloquium

    The 2013 Cody/Farrell Lecture and Colloquium was given by Dr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, Professor of Theology, Boston College, on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. in Coffey Hall/McCormick Lounge and on Friday, Nov. 8, at 9 a.m. in Crown Center 530.