Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology


Where Have All the Theologians Gone and Why Bioethics Needs Them?

Fall 2018 Majors Minors Lecture

Prof. Michael McCarthy will speak on the topic “Where Have All the Theologians Gone and Why Bioethics Need Them” for the Fall 2018 Majors and Minors Lecture on Monday, October 29, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Information Commons, 4th Floor Lecture Hall. Emily Saperstein, a 2018 Theology Department graduate, will speak after Prof. McCarthy’s lecture and tell our undergraduates of her experience this summer touring the Neiswanger Institute and meeting with the Loyola University Medical Center chaplains. All Loyola undergraduates are invited to attend. Insomnia cookies will be served. 

Michael McCarthy is an assistant professor in the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Stritch School of Medicine. He is co-editor of Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice, forthcoming from Liturgical Press in December. At the Medical School, he directs the Physician’s Vocation Program, which seeks to ground the formation of medical students in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, teaches courses in moral theology and on the practice of Catholic health care, serves on multiple hospital ethics committees, and is a clinical ethics consultant.  He received his doctorate from Loyola in Theology and Ethics under the supervision of Dr. Hille Haker.  He has published and presented on the role of justice in bioethics, the importance of spirituality in patient care and medical education, and the intersection of the humanities with the formation of the “well-rounded” physician.

Pope Francis calls for retreat for U.S. Bishops at Mundelein Seminary

Pope Francis Mundelein Seminary

Prof. Miguel Diaz, John Courntey 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. In the Tribune article, Prof. Diaz warned against interpreting the retreat as a merely spiritual exercise. 

“The pope links prayer-filled holiness to daily acts of justice, especially on behalf of those who suffer, the marginalized and oppressed. Make no mistake: Pope Francis knows that the sexual abuse scandal presents a serious crisis to the authority of U.S. bishops. He has invited them to ‘retreat’ so they can figure out what needs to be done to credibly address human suffering related to gender and sex-based forms of sexual abuse.”

The retreat is schedule for January 2 to 8. 

Re-Writing the New Testament

Rewriting 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. Prof. David Creech, an alumnus of Loyola’s Theology Department and Assistant Professor of Religion at Concordia College, Moorhead, will give a lecture titled Old Wine in New Wineskins: Matthew and Luke as “Rewritten Scripture.” Prof. Alberto Camplani, Professor of Early Christian Literature at Sapienza University of Rome, will give a lecture titled Gospel of Luke and Gospel of Marcion.

In addition, all are invited to attend a program sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute titled “Was Jesus Married, Really? The Latest on Mary Magdalene and the Other Women around Him.” The program will be held on the evening of Monday, October 22, at 6:00 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1540.

How does Religion Belong in Politics? A Conversation on the Catholic Vote

Controversial Conversations

Faith & Public Life: Controversial Conversations
How does Religion Belong in Politics? A Conversation on the Catholic Vote
Steven P. Millies, Associate Professor of Public Theology, Catholic Theological Union Director of the Bernardin Center
Miguel H. Diaz, The John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service, Loyola University Chicago. Former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
October 4, 2018
Regis Hall Multipurpose Room
5:00 p.m. 

Pedagogy Brown Bag 2018 Fall Schedule

Pedagogy Brown Bag

Time: Mondays, 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Location: Theology Library

September 24th
Session 1: Chaos, Disruption, & Dialogue

October 15th 
Session II: The Flipped Classrom

November 12th
Session III: Effective Grading and Assessment

December 17th
Session IV: Backward Design Workshop

Coffee, tea, and light breakfast provided
Sessions available remotely by Zoom

For more information, please contact Cathy Buescher at cbuescher@luc.edu or Sarah Buntin at sbuntin1@luc.edu

Into the Deepest Dark: Hell and Its Torments in the Medieval Tradition

Medieval Studies Center

Medieval historian Scott Bruce will talk about the history of the punitive afterlife from late antiquity to the early modern period - with a detour into American culture. Mr. Bruce is author of The Penguin Book of Hell.  

Into the Deepest Dark: Hell and its Torments in the Medieval Tradition
Scott Bruce, Fordham University
Monday, Sept. 24, 4:00 p.m. 
IES 123 - 124
Lakeshore Campus
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Center

For more information, please contact: 

Tanya Stabler Miller
Undergraduate Program Director

Death of Jesuit: Earl A. Weis, S.J. (UMI)

Weis, Earl J.

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother Fr. Earl A. Weis, S.J., who was called to eternal life on August 15, 2018. Earl died at 11:15 a.m. (EDT) at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, MI. He was 95 years old, a Jesuit for almost seventy-seven years, and a priest for sixty-four years. Earl is survived by his sister, Ann Lackey, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, on May 5, 1923, Earl went to grade school in Toledo and high school in Rensselaer, Indiana, before entering the Society on September 11, 1941 at Milford. He was ordained one June 19, 1954, made tertianship 1955-1956, and pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1959 at West Baden College.

Earl earned a Bachelor's (1946) and Master's Degree (1948) in English from Loyola University Chicago. He earned a Licentiate in Philosophy from West Baden College (1948), a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Weston School of Theology (1955), and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1958).

During Regency, Earl taught English at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. After earning his doctorate, he was a professor of Dogmatic Theology at West Baden College (1958-1963) before moving to Washington D.C. where he wrote about Dogmatic Theology. He was a staff editor of the New Catholic Encyclopedia (1963-1966) and editor of Corpus Instrumentorum (1966-1970). He spent a year as an associate professor at the University of Detroit before moving to Loyola University Chicago where he spent almost forty years as a professor of Theology. In addition to teaching at Loyola, Earl was chairman of the Theology Department (1971-1980) and superior of the Alpha Community (1983-1989). In 2008, Earl moved to Colombiere Center to care for his health.

Earl was a consummate gentleman who truly valued friendship. He had a great love of and fidelity to the Eucharist. Earl was a respected professor and was willing to teach courses others chose not to teach. He was loved and appreciated by his students. Once, when Earl was professor emeritus at Loyola University Chicago, a substitute teacher administered a test for him and the students were genuinely concerned about his health and inquired how soon Fr. Earl would return to class.

Earl was a great example of a Jesuit growing old gracefully. His daily walks with his close friend, Fr. Walt Krolikowski, was a wonderful example to Jesuits in formation of how to to grow old in the Society. In his final years when he could not speak, Earl had a strong understanding of what was going on and what his own mind was. Once after being wheeled into the doctor's office, he silently wheeled himself out of the office because he did not care to see the doctor.

As we remember with gratitude all that God has done through Earl's life of service to God and God's people, we are reminded of our privilege and obligation to offer Masses and prayers for his eternal repose. All members of the USA Midwest Province and those applied to it are to offer one Mass intention for Earl. Members of the Colombiere Jesuit Community will offer one additional Mass intention. All will wish to remember Earl in their prayers and Masses.

Monday, August 20, 2018
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.
Colombiere Center
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346-1015

Mass of Christian Burial:
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
10:45 a.m.
Colombiere Center

The burial will be held immediate after the Liturgy.


Colombiere Jesuit Community
9075 Big Lake Rd
Clarkston, MI 48346-1015

Notes of condolence to the family may be sent care of:
Christine McCuen (niece)
1668 Trading Post Lane
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Voices Pope Francis Will Not Hear

Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research

On Monday, August 20th, Hille Haker will participate in panel discussion at the Trinity School of Religion in Dublin, Ireland titled "Voices Francis Will Not Hear." A panel of Catholic theologians will discuss topics excluded from the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. The panel will address such topics as: the marginilization of women, the vilification of LGQBT Catholics, the ongoing silencing of priests and theologians, the harm caused by the papal ban on contraception, the 8th amendment abortion debate.

Voices Pope Francis Will Not Hear

Congratulations, John Crowley-Buck, PhD

John Crowley-Buck

John will serve as the Special Assistant to the Vice-President for Mission and Ministry, assisting both the Vice-President and the Office of Mission and Ministry in their operations, programming, and support of the Georgetown community. John is deeply grateful to his colleagues in both the Department of Theology and the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, here at LUC, for their years of friendship and support. While he is sad to be leaving Chicago and the Department, he is looking forward to exploring the ways his new position will allow him to support and enrich the Jesuit mission and identity of Georgetown University.    GOOD LUCK, JOHN!

Congratulations, Karen Ross, PhD

Karen Ross

Karen Ross (Ph.D. ’18) will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology in the Fall.

She is very grateful to her advisors, mentors, and colleagues in the Department of Theology for their constant support and fellowship.  

Making America Inclusive Again: A “Catholic” Approach to Our Neighbors. Miguel H. Díaz

Religious Studies News:  April 18, 2018  Miguel H. Díaz

Breaking White Supremacy: The Black Social Gospel, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the "Fury in the Negro"

Dorrien Lecture

Distinguished theologian and ethicist Prof Gary Dorrien will give a lecture titled Breaking White Supremacy: The Black Social Gospel, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the “Fury in the Negro” on Monday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in the Information Commons, 4th Floor Lecture Hall. Sponsored by the John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology and the Richard A. McCormick, S.J. Chair in Catholic Moral Theology All are invited.

Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University. Prof. Dorrien is the author of 16 books and approximately 275 articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. Philosopher Cornel West describes him as “the preeminent social ethicist in North America today” and philosopher Robert Neville describes him as “the most rigorous theological historian of our time.” Prof. Dorrien’s recent book, Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit: The Idealistic Logic of Modern Theology, won the PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers as the best book in Theology and Religious Studies of 2012.

Catholic Conversion Narratives in Modernist Aesthetics

Colby Dickinson Conference

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. A panel consisting of Stéphane Symons (KU Leuven), Samuel O’Conner Perks (KU Leuven), Rajesh Heynickx (KU Leuven), Ryan Dohoney (Northwestern University), and Colby Dickinson (Loyola University Chicago) will focus on some of the specific narratives that have been developed to bring to expression the moment of conversion. Our discussion of these narratives will revolve around the exploring how a deeply private affair can be translated into an intellectually enriched and layered conceptual framework. Focusing on the modern period will allow our panel to establish a link between modern conversion narratives on the one hand and modernist aesthetics on the other, thus, the conversion narrative will be highlighted as a surprising element of modernization.



Religious Freedom Conference

Sponsored by the John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service, the Richard A. McCormick, S.J. Chair in Catholic Moral Theology, and Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Theology

Dates and Times:
March 12th, 6 - 8:00 P.M.
March 13th, 9:00 AM. - 5:30 P.M.

Loyola University Chicago Water Tower Campus
Regents Hall, 111 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL

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. 

In recent times, religious freedom has reemerged as a key and controversial issue within the United States and around the world.  With a desire to contribute to this essential conversation, we have invited prominent scholars to discuss and analyze religious freedom as it relates to issues of social polarization, peaceful coexistence, non-discrimination and the common good. We also will look back to the contribution of John Courtney Murray, S.J. to Dignitatis Humanae, the groundbreaking document on Religious Freedom issued in 1965 by the Second Vatican Council. 

Session 1, Monday, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Keynote Address - John Courtney Murray's Contribution to Catholic Teaching on Religious Freedom: A Theological Adventure
Barry Hudock
, author of Struggle, Condemnation, Vindication: John Courtney Murray’s Journey toward Vatican II 
Response: Miguel Diaz, John Courtney Murray Chair in Public Service, Loyola University Chicago

Session 2, Tuesday, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 
Religious Freedom and Public Discourse

Robin Lovin, Scholar in Residence, Loyola University Chicago; the Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics emeritus at Southern Methodist University
Response: Barry Sullivan, Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy and Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago

Session 3, Tuesday, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Religious Freedom and the Common Good
Kathleen Brady,
 Emory Center for the Study of Law and Religion
Response: Carmen M. Nanko-Fernandez, Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry, and Director of the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program, Catholic Theological Union

Session 4, Tuesday, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Religious Freedom and Nondiscrimination

Thomas Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Response: Azam Nizamuddin, Adjunct Professor of Islam and History of Islamic Thought, Loyola University Chicago

Session 5, Tuesday, 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Religious Freedom, Human Rights, and Peaceful Coexistence
Leslie Griffin, William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada 
Response: Hille Haker, Richard A. McCormick, S.J. Chair of Catholic Moral Theology, Loyola University Chicago

Moderator: Miguel H. Diaz, John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service, Loyola University Chicago

Speaker Biographies

Kathleen A. Brady is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University and has held faculty appointments at Villanova University and University of Richmond School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of law and religion, including the First Amendment religion clauses, religion in public life, law and theology, and Catholic social thought. She is the author of The Distinctiveness of Religion in American Law: Rethinking Religion Clause Jurisprudence, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015 as part of the Center’s Law and Christianity book series. Her book was recognized with a second place award in the Faithful Citizenship/Religious Freedom category of the 2016 Catholic Press Association Book Awards. Her publications have also appeared in numerous law reviews. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale College, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.

Thomas Berg is James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and among the nation’s leading scholars of law and religion. He has written approximately 50 book chapters and journal articles and dozens of op-eds and shorter pieces on religious freedom, constitutional law, and the role of religion in law, politics and society. The U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals have cited his work several times. He is the author of several books, including a leading casebook, Religion and the Constitution (with Michael McConnell and John Garvey, Aspen Law Books), and The State and Religion in a Nutshell (West). He has also written more than 50 briefs in First Amendment cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts, and he founded and directs St. Thomas's Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic. His other chief scholarly interest is in the relation of intellectual property rights, social justice, and human development. He received a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University, an M.A. in philosophy and politics from Oxford University, and both an M.A. in religious studies and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.

Leslie C. Griffin is the William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. Professor Griffin, who teaches constitutional law, is known for her interdisciplinary work in law and religion. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She is author of the Foundation Press casebooks, Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (4th edition, 2017) and Practicing Bioethics Law (2015), which was co-authored with Joan H. Krause, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She has also written numerous briefs defending employees’ religious freedom.

Barry Hudock is the author of several books, including Struggle, Condemnation, Vindication: John Courtney Murray’s Journey toward Vatican II. His articles have appeared in America, Commonweal, Our Sunday Visitor, U.S. Catholic, and elsewhere. He received his STL in sacramental theology from the Catholic University of America. He works as a publisher at Liturgical Press and lives with his family in central Minnesota.

Robin Lovin is Scholar-in-Residence at Loyola University Chicago and Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics emeritus at Southern Methodist University.  A resident scholar at the Center for Theological Inquiry from 2012 – 2017, he became a member of the SMU faculty in 1994, and served as Dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology from 1994-2002. Dr. Lovin’s most recent books are Christian Realism and the New Realities (2008) and An Introduction to Christian Ethics (2011). He has also written extensively on religion and law and comparative religious ethics. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow, former president of the Society of Christian Ethics, and a member of the advisory board for the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life at Oxford University.

Controversial Conversations: Faith and Public Life

Controversial Conversations

This series of controversial conversations at Loyola University Chicago offers an opportunity to encounter one another, to embrace our common humanity within our rich diversity, and to listen to each other’s stories in efforts to address the salient challenges of our time. The world can only be changed one word, one action at a time.

A central premise guides these ordinary diplomatic and bridge-building efforts to engage Loyola students, faculty, and staff: Faith belongs in the public square and can, when properly understood and practiced, contribute to the common good of our nation.

Please join us for conversation as we tackle this important issue, faithful to a Jesuit Tradition that seeks to make a difference in the world by translating faith into concrete social actions.

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Healing Earth

Healing Earth wins Vatican "Expanded Reason" Award

Healing Earth, a free online environmental textbook written by over 90 contributors around the world and sponsored by leaders of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) worldwide, is one of four winners from a field of 367 submissions from 30 countries for the Expanded Reason Awards.  The Theology Department's own Mike Schuck is editor of the Healing Earth textbook and Co-Director of the International Jesuit Ecology Project. Organized by the University Francisco de Vitoria Madrid and the Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI Foundation, the Expanded Reason Awards “seek to support and acknowledge those professors and researchers who are working to broaden the horizons of rationality through a dialogue between the sciences and philosophy and theology, grounded in the certainty that the fundamental questions of human life cannot be ignored by scientific rationality.”

For more information on the Expanded Reason Awards

Pope Francis Greets Winners of "Expanded Reason" Awards

Healing Earth is a project of the International Jesuit Ecology Project that addresses the most pressing environmental issues of our time, including loss of biodiversity, natural resource exhaustion, transition to sustainable energy, the quality and availability of food and water, and global climate change. All of these issues threaten our common home, disproportionately affecting the marginalized people of the world by having enormous impacts on the global economy, social violence, climate refugees, and world poverty. Healing Earth raises students' scientific awareness, probes the ethical implications of our environmental crises, challenges students to think deeply about the meaning of the natural world in our lives, and calls all of us to action that heals the Earth.

A Lutheran's Love Letter to Pope Francis

Anna Vigen letter to Pope Francis

Loyola Theology Professor Aana Marie Vigen has published "A Lutheran's Love Letter to Pope Francis" in America, the Jesuit Review. Prof. Vigen touches upon four reasons why Pope Francis is "the pope that Luther was looking for 500 years ago."

Click here to read the entire article



Where Have All The Heavens Gone?


2015 marked the 400th anniversary of the writing of a very important letter in the history of western thought, the letter of Galileo Galilei to Christina of Lorraine, the Grand Duchess of Tuscany.  The letter remains a classic for thinking about how a traditional religion can enter a modern world.  Recognizing this, Profs. John McCarthy and Edmondo Lupieri realized the opportunity for involving several departments in a commemorative event that could also attract an international audience.  After discussions with Dr. Sarah Gabel and Fr. Charles Jurgensmeyer, S.J., of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, and Dr. Asim Gangopadhyaya of the Physics Department, Profs. McCarthy and Lupieri planned an extensive series of interdisciplinary events at Loyola titled: “Celebrating Galileo – Celebrazioni Galileiane”.  Thanks to the financial support Loyola and of several external institutions, the result was a year-long set of public programs and now the publication of a scholarly monograph published by Cascade Books titled, Where Have All the Heavens Gone? Galileo’s Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina (June, 2017). 

The events included the following:

  1. A colloquium led by Dr. Robin Lovin, Director of Research at the Princeton Center for Theological Inquiry on “The Societal Implication of Astrobiology: Interdisciplinary Reflections at the Center of Theological Inquiry” {October 15, 2015}
  2. A performance by the Loyola University Orchestra of Mozart’s “Jupiter” from Symphony 41, selected movements from the Planets Suite by Gustav Holst, the Star Wars Theme by John Williams and a U.S. premiere performance of Sun Music by Peter Sculthorpe {November 4, 2015};
  3. A lute concert by Mr. Joel Spears of music composed by Galileo Galilei’s father (Vincenzo) and brother (Michelangelo), as well as a choral performance of Vincenzo’s setting of the Psalm CXIII, In Exitu Israel, by Loyola’s Chamber Choir {November 15, 2015}
  4. A production of Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo (eight performances) by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts with the guest lead performed by Mr. Ross Lehman, Broadway actor and winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Acting {November 13-22, 2015};
  5. Performance by Loyola University’s Dance Program of Galileo’s early work De Motu choreographed by Sarah Cullen Fuller of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts {November 14 & 15, 2015};
  6. A demonstration of Galileo Galilei’s experiments on motion by Dr. Asim Gangopadhyaya, who, along with students from the Physics Department, re-constructed the original apparatus used by Galileo {November 18th, 2015};
  7. The John Cardinal Cody Annual Lecture delivered by Fr. George Coyne, S.J., former Director of the Vatican Observatory titled, “Where Have All the Heavens Gone? Galileo, Modern Science and the Bible” {November 19, 2015};
  8. A public symposium on “Cosmos, Past and Present: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of Galileo’s Letter to Christina of Lorraine” with presentations by Fr. George Coyne; Dr. Dennis McCarthy, former Director of the Directorate of Time at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.; Professor Mauro Pesce, former Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Bologna, Dr. Asim Gangopadhyaya, and Dr. John McCarthy {November 20, 2015};
  9. An evening lecture, “Galileo and the Vatican”, at the Italian Cultural Institute by Mons. Melchor Sánchez de Toca y Alameda, Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Vatican {February 4, 2016};
  10. A Round Table discussion led by Mons. Melchor Sánchez de Toca y Alameda and Fr. Robert Bireley, S.J., of Loyola’s History Department on “Galileo, the Pope, a Cardinal: A Roman Triangle” {February 5, 2016};
  11. A lecture and discussion by Dr. Alice Dreger, author of Galileo’s Middle Finger {a text on the ethics of medical research} with responses by Dr. Hille Haker (Loyola Theology Department McCormick Chair} and Dr. Betsy Hemenway (Director, Loyola Women Studies and Gender’s Studies) {February 18, 2016};
  12. A public discussion with Alice Dreger on Academic Freedom and Publishing with Dr. Barry Sullivan (Loyola Law School) and Ms. Marissa Boulanger (then editor of Loyola Phoenix) {February 19, 2016}.

This entire program was sponsored by several offices and departments of Loyola University (the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, the Fine and Performing Arts Department, the Physics Department, the Theology Department, the John Cardinal Cody Chair in Theology) as well as by the Italian Consulate General, the Italian Cultural Institute and ItalCultura of Chicago, the Kindekins Foundation through the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, and had the patronage from the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Science and Faith - STOQ Foundation of the Vatican.

Theology and Interdisciplinary Study

Theology and Interdisciplinary Study

Following upon the series of 2016 - 2017 academic year programs titled "Celebrating Galileo - Celebrazioni Galileiane" that explored the intersection of religion and science, Prof. Hans Svebakken continues the exploration of religion and science this Fall 2017 in his course titled "Theology and Interdisciplinary Study." The following course description names the themes and topics to be addressed in the course. 

Does the evolutionary account of human origins make belief in God obsolete? If not, how do people of faith, and Christians in particular, combine God and evolution in an intellectually satisfying way without undermining the foundations of their theological heritage? We'll consider these questions--and a range of others involving science, the Bible, and the meaning of human existence--in THEO 280: God, Evolution, and Human Origins. Phase one of the course introduces some of the essential ideas in science and theology needed to conduct phase two of the course: a detailed survey of major issues and positions within the contemporary discussion of God and evolution. Phase three of the course examines specific Christian doctrines (e.g., original sin) in light of some questions and challenges raised by the evolutionary account of human origins.

Marking 500 Years of Martin Luther's 95 Theses

Reformation 500 Years

On October 18th, the Theology Department and the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses with a day-long symposium that looks at ecumenical dialogue through the years and the legacy of the Reformation. 

Christian thinkers and leaders will discuss historic divisions emerging from Reformation controversies as well as points of shared theological, cultural, and pastoral concerns among Christian churches.

Among the many scholars and religious leaders speaking and presenting are Martin Marty, Jon Sweeney, Susan Ross, Robin Lovin, Aana Vigen, Jon Nilson, John Armstrong, Craig Mueller, Ellen Wondra, John Paul Salay, and more. 


8:15: Hospitality

9:00: Welcome

9:10-10:15: Keynote: Martin Marty, October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World
Interviewed by Jon Sweeney


10:30-11:45: Susan Ross and Robin Lovin, In Conversation: Martin Luther’s On Christian Liberty
Moderator: Hille Haker

11:45-12:45: Lunch on your own. A list of recommended restaurants can be found here.

12:45-1:30: Aana Marie Vigen, “A Lutheran Love Letter to Pope Francis”

1:45-3:00: Craig Mueller, John Paul Salay, and Fr. Thomas Hickey, “Eccumenical Chicago: Lutheran-Catholic Pastoral Dynamics"
Moderator: Lauren Schwer


3:30-4:45: Jon Nilson, Ellen Wondra, and John Armstrong, “Longing for Unity: Three Stories”
Moderator: Shane Gormley

5:00-5:30: Vespers (located at Madonna Della Strada Chapel, one building south of the Information Commons)

Golf Cart Shuttle Rides Available
8:00am-9:00am: Shuttle from Parking Garage to Information Commons
12:00pm-1:00pm: Shuttle Available
5:00pm-6:00pm: Shuttle from Information Commons to Parking Garage


Congratulations Zach Ludwig!!

2017 Albert Clark Award

It's with great excitement that the Theology Department shares that one of own, Zach Ludwig, a senior, has won the prestigious Albert Clark Award for 2017, given by the national chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, for a research essay he wrote on Chinese missionary work and the role of gender in such efforts. He will be receiving an award from TAK, and we certainly honor him as well for the great work that he has done. Join us in congratulating him for this wonderful award!

Way to go Zach!!

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

Niebuhr Documentary

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. The documentary, titled “An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story” will feature interviews with such luminaries as Cornel West, President Jimmy Carter, civil rights pioneer Andrew Young, Susannah Heschel, Niebuhr’s daughter Elizabeth Sifton, Stanley Hauerwas, Gary Dorrien, and Robin Lovin. The documentarian Martin Doblmeier will be on-hand for the screening and will participate in a panel discussion after the viewing of the documentary with Susan Ross, Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar, Hille Haker, and Robin Lovin. All are welcome. 

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

Miguel Diaz

Dr. Miguel Diaz, the John Courtney Murray Chair of Public Service and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has published a piece in the Jesuit journal America criticizing President Trump's proposal to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Below is the link to Dr. Diaz's article: 


For the Spanish version of the article: 


Dr. Diaz has also contributed a letter to a project titled American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters., a campaign that brings together scholars from a diverse range of religious traditions to respond to the first 100 days of the presidency of Donald Trump. 




Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents

Michael Schuck Democracy Event at DePaul

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. The book is the result of a recent three-year international research project and showcases essays from Indonesia, Lithuania, Peru, and the U.S. which explore how, since the 1800s, these nations—each in its own very unique way—have experienced times of political, social, and religious oppression, oscillating between periods of liberation, tolerance, and religious freedom.

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

Revelations conference

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. The conference is co-sponsored by the Department of Theology, the College of Arts And Sciences, Italcultura, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the Consulate General of Italy.

Session I, Thursday, March 30, 2:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Introductory Remarks:
Thomas Regan, S.J., Loyola University Chicago

Edmondo Lupieri, Loyola University Chicago

Louis Painchaud, Université Laval:
"The Temple, the Beast, and Its Number"

Andrei Orlov, Marquette University
"Antagonists and Protagonists in the Book of Revelation: Their Symmetric Priestly Attributes and Yom Kippur Traditions"

Iain Provan, Regent College
“Jerusalem, Babylon, and Rome: A Tale of Three Cities”

Stéphanie Audet, Université Laval
“The Sinful City and its Corrupted Authorities”

Session II, Friday, March 31, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Louis Painchaud

Robert Di Vito, Loyola University Chicago
“Samaria, Jerusalem, and Other Prostitutes”

Daniele Tripaldi, Bologna University
“Ierusalem (olim) regina: Jerusalem’s ‘Kingship’ in Some Hellenistic Jewish Writers”

Luca Arcari, Naples University
“Of Women and Beasts: Progressive Histories, Tales, or What Else?”

Edmondo Lupieri, Loyola University Chicago
“The Woman as a Permanent Image”


News from The Society of Christian Ethics

Anna Vigen Sara Wilhelm Garbers SCE

Theology Department faculty member Dr. Anna Vigen and Theology Ph.D. candidate Sara Wilhelm Garbers have been named to the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics.

Dr. Vigen is an Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Loyola. Her overall area of specialization is healthcare and medical ethics. Dr. Vigen's term on the Board of Directors will run through 2021.

Sara Wilhelm Garbers is currently writing her dissertation under the direction of Dr. Hille Haker. She was named to the Board of Directors as a student representative. 

Dr. Vigen's faculty profile page







Dr. Susan Ross Talks Direction of Catholic Church on WTTW

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. The conversation touched on the Pope's recent extension of the to priests that ability to forgive abortion, the recent critical response to Pope Francis' leadership of the church, and how the elevation of Cardinal Cupich fits in with Pope Francis' vision for the leadership of the church. Here is the full interview.

Dr. Miguel Diaz Offers A Perspective On Trump Presidency

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. See here and here for the two articles.

Mike Schuck on Worldview

Mike Schuck on Worldview

At noon on December 8, 2016, Dr. Michael Schuck spoke Chicago public radio's program "Worldview" on the topic of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here is the full interview.

Dr. Schuck is an Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago, and former Director of the Joan and Bill Hank center for the Catholic intellectual Heritage. He graduated from St. Louis University, received an MA in Political Science from the University Chicago, an AMRS from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. His main research interests are Roman Catholic social thought with special attention to its history, variety, and relationship to other forms of social thought, ancient and modern. He has written on these and other more specific moral issues inside Roman Catholic social thought.

2016 Annual Cody Chair Lecture and Graduate Seminar

2016 Cody Lecture

This year's 2016 Annual Cody Lecture and Graduate Seminar featured Simon Claude Mimouni from the École Pratique des Hautes Études.

The Cody Lecture, "What Makes a Christian in the First and Second Centuries,"  was held on Wednesday, November 16 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Piper Hall. The Graduate Seminar, "James the Righteous, the Brother of Jesus," was held on Thursday, November 17, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Information Commons, 4th Floor.

Simon C. Minouni is chair of the “Origins of Christianity” and Directeur d’Études of the Section de Sciences Religieuses of the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. He first published on Christian legends surrounding the assumption of Mary (1995, 2003) and then worked on fragments of Jewish-Christian Gospels associated with the 3rd and 4th century “Judaizing” Christian sects (2006). He is known for his theory of continuity between early Jewish Christianity and the sects of Nazarenes and Ebionites and is particularly interested in the history of the formation of the movement of Jesus’ disciples inside and outside Judaism in the First and Second Centuries. 

2016 Cody Lecture

2016 Cody Graduate Seminar

Loyola Theology Alumna Dr. Melissa Browning's Theological Conversations Go Beyond Classroom

Loyola Theology Alumna Dr. Melissa Browning

Dr. Melissa Browning, a 2011 alumna of Loyola University Chicago's doctoral program in Christian Ethics, extends her theological conversations beyond her role as an assistant professor of contextual ministry at McAfee School of Theology. Recently, the Huffington Post published Dr. Browning's 14th contribution to the online news journal's Voices Blog. As an ordained Baptist minister, Dr. Browning combines both theoretical and practical approaches to ethics, always with a focus on addressing injustices both here in the US and overseas, particularly in Africa, as attested to by her recent book, Risky Marriage: HIV and Intimate Relationships in Tanzania. All of Dr. Browning's contributions to the Huffington Post can be found here.

Study in Jerusalem

Study in Jerusalem

Interested in Judaism? Interested in Jerusalem? Then apply to study Judaism in Jerusalem this coming summer! Dr. Bret Lewis of the Department of Theology encourages all undergraduates to consider joining him in this unique Introduction to Judaism course. Scheduled for July 2-19, 2017, the course highlights three aspects of Jesuit pedagogy: to learn, to experience, and to transform. Deadline for applying for the course is March 15, 2017. To apply, go to LUC.edu/studyabroadapp.

Loyola Theology Alum Dr. Daniel Cosacchi Reprises Commentator Role on Fios1 - New York

Loyola Theology Alum Dr. Daniel Cosacchi Reprises Commentator Role on Fios1 - New York

On September 28, Dr. Daniel Cosacchi, a 2016 graduate of Loyola University's doctoral program in Christian Ethics, reprised a role as commentator for New York's FiOs1 news channel. Dr. Cosacchi guided the station's coverage of the Archdiocese of New York's Mass of the Holy Spirit, at which Cardinal Timothy Dolan presided. Dr. Cosacchi previously served as commentator for the station's coverage of Pope Francis' 2015 visit to the United States.

New Faculty Publications

New Faculty Publications

Fall Semester 2016 Brown Bag Lunches on Teaching and Learning

Brown Bag Learning

Dates for the 2016 Fall Brown Bag Lunch Series on Teaching and Learning

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016

All lunches will be held in:

Crown Center 102
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Supernatural in the Middle Ages

Medieval Studies Center Lecture Series

"The Supernatural in the Middle Ages" is the topic of the Fall 2016 Medieval Studies Center Lecture Series.

Monday, October 3, 2016
“The Soul in Pain: Ghosts, Purgatory and the Body in Late Medieval English Culture”
Colin Fewer, Purdue University Northwest

Monday, October 31, 2016 : Halloween
“The Restless Dead in the Middle Ages”
Nancy Caciola, University of California San Diego

 Monday, November 14, 2016
“What’s the Problem with Conjuring Angels?”
Richard Kieckhefer, Northwestern University

All presentations are Mondays at 4 pm
Crown Center Auditorium, Lakeshore Campus

Medieval Studies Center Lecture Series Flyer

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. The award recognizes faculty who build community with first-year students by teaching 100-level freshmen classes. Exemplary faculty foster cura personalis (care of the whole person) in new students by providing necessary support and challenging them to become fully integrated into the Loyola community.

Dr. Hans Svebakken is a Rambler at heart: his graduate work at Loyola University Chicago included an MA in Ancient Greek, an MA in Biblical Languages and Literature, and a PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity. According to Dr. Svebakken, the “thrilling, ‘cutting edge’ of knowledge exists not only at the frontiers of advanced research, but also in the classroom, where guides can introduce students to new, uncharted landscape of knowledge, perspective, and understanding.” In his personal statement, Hans reminds us, “cura personalis runs both ways,” highlighting all he’s learned from his students. Known by his students as someone who “really cares,” Dr. Svebakken is an exceedingly deserving recipient of this year’s Freshman Teaching Award.

Dr. Svebakken received an award and certificate at the 2016 New Student Convocation on Friday, August 26.

All the Best, Dr. Svebakken!

Faith and Public Service: A Discussion on Pope Francis' Address to Congress

Faith and Public Service

In anticipation of our local, state, and national elections you are invited to attend a discussion on Pope Francis’ 2015 address to Congress. During his historic and unprecedented address, the pope highlighted four American dreamers: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton. These prominent American voices advanced freedom, racial inclusion, worker’s rights, and interreligious dialogue. Come join us for an evening of stimulating discussion on the political implications of Christian faith in the construction of the common good.

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm.
“Faith and Pubic Service: A Discussion on Pope Francis’ Address to Congress”
Information Commons, Fourth Floor
Sponsored by Dr. Miguel H. Díaz
The John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service
U.S. Ambassador to Holy See, Ret.
Department of Theology


4th International McCormick Ethics Colloquium

religion and violence

One of the most troubling issues today is the use of violence – of different kinds – in the name of religion. While much media coverage is concerned with one religion in particular, Islam, violence is (and always has been) a question and problem for any religion. One main purpose of the colloquium will be to develop a better understanding of the phrase: “Religion and Violence.” For it matters if religion, or one of the many faces of religions, is associated immediately with violence, or, vice versa, if (international) violence is immediately associated with religion. Theology needs to reflect upon the tension between the norm and/or ideal of love and peace in and through religion, and violence and conflict/war as a reality that believers of all religions are not only faced with but engage in.

4th International McCormick Ethics Colloquium
Healing the Wounds of Violence: How to Understand and Respond to Religious Violence
Monday and Tuesday, April 18 - 19, 2016
Coffey Hall - McCormick Lounge
Loyola University Chicago

Keynote Lecture by Fr. Michael Pfleger
Senior Pastor, The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Monday, April 18, 2016
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

All are welcome

For more information, please contact Prof. Hille Haker at hhaker@luc.edu or Sara Wilhelm Garbers at swilhelmgarbers@luc.edu


Midwest Society of Biblical Literature Graduate Student Paper Award

Pardee, Cambry

Cambry Pardee, an NTEC Ph.D. candidate at Loyola, was awarded the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature's Graduate Student Paper Award for a paper titled "Peter's Tarnished Image: Scribal Polishing in the Gospel of Luke (Ms. 0171)." An enhanced version of the paper will be published in the international journal Annali di Storia dell'Esegesi 33/1, which specializes in biblical and exegetical studies, in Spring 2016. The paper analyzes a third century manuscript of Luke that has been strategically altered in order to polish the reflection of Peter in the Passion Narrative and identifies three textual variants that soften the harsh depiction of Peter. Then, it explores two plausible contexts for the manuscript. This fragment is a testament to the dynamic role of scribes in the transmission of Gospel tradition. Mr. Pardee will defend his Ph.D. dissertation on March 21. The title of his dissertation is "Scribal Harmonization in Greek Manuscripts of the Synoptic Gospels from the Second to the Fifth Century."

Society of Jesus Response to Climate Change

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, hosted by Jerome McDonnell. The topic of the discussion will be the global response of the Society of Jesus to Climate Change and the launching of the online environmental textbook Healing Earth.

International Summit on Human Gene Editing

Hille Haker Gene Editing

Hille Haker will speak at the upcoming International Summit on Human Gene Editing in Washington, D.C. The summit will be held December 1 - 3 and will be co-hosted by the US National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine, along with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the U.K.'s Royal Society.

Prof. Haker participates will participate in an afternoon session on Tuesday, Dec 1, from 3.30pm - 4:30 p.m. The session will be webcast live on the internet.

International Summit on Human Gene Editing

Death of Dennis Martin, Ph.D.

Dennis, D. Martin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, died suddenly on Monday October 25, 2015. Dr. Martin joined the Theology Department faculty in 1991. A Fulbright scholar at the University of Tübingen (1976–77), he taught at the Associated Mennonite Seminaries in Elkhart, Ind., before coming to Loyola. His main research focus was medieval monastic history and spirituality, with secondary interests in the Reformation (particularly the Anabaptist and Mennonite traditions) and in contemporary Catholicism (John Paul II, Hans Urs von Balthasar, hagiography and popular religion). Dr. Martin served generously as the Theology Department’s Assistant Chair from 2008 until his death and taught thousands of students over his 24 years at Loyola. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and two brothers. Services were held on Sunday, November 1.

A memorial mass will be held on Thursday December 10th at 5:15 in Madanna Della Strada. 

Condolences may be sent to Carol Martin, 4543 N. Bernard Ave., Chicago, IL 60625.

Celebrazioni Galileiane – Celebrating Galileo

Celebrazioni Galileiane – Celebrating Galileo

The letter of Galileo Galilei to the Grand Duchess Christina has become a classic text in the history of many issues: the relation of religion and science, the development of biblical interpretation, and the history of education in the West. Loyola University Chicago will mark its 400th anniversary with a series of events during the Fall of 2015. What follows is our current version of programs and the schedule of their times.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, ItalCultura, the Italian Cultural Institute, the John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, and the Department of Theology.

We are especially grateful for the moral patronage of the Science and Faith – STOQ Foundation
and the Pontifical Council for Culture

Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Lecture by Robin W. Lovin of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton NJ.
“The Societal Implications of Astrobiology: Interdisciplinary Reflections at the Center of Theological Inquiry.”
Life Science Building 312

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Loyola University Orchestra Concert
Symphony 41 "Jupiter" (Mozart), Sun Music IV (Peter Sculthorpe, U.S. premiere performance), selected movements from The Planets Suite (Holst) and selections from Star Wars (John Williams).
Mundelein Center Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Concert by Mr. Joel Spears and the Chamber Choir of Loyola.
Mr. Spears will be performing lute music composed by both Galileo’s father and brother, Vincenzo and Michelangelo, as well as by Galileo Galilei himself. The Chamber Choir will perform Vincenzo’s setting of the Psalm, In Exitu Israel, madrigals by Monteverdi, works by Caccini, and other contemporary Italian compositions.
Skowronski Music Hall
Co-sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Friday, November 13, 2015 (Opening night).
Production of Bertolt Brecht’s play, Galileo, by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of Loyola University Chicago under the direction of Mark E. Lococo, Director of Theatre. Galileo will be presented eight times: at 7:30 p.m. on November 13, 14, 19, 20, 21; at 2:00 p.m. on November 15 and 22. A preview performance will be held on November 12 at 7:30 p.m. The role of Galileo will be performed by this year’s artist-in residence, Ross Lehman, an award winning professional actor.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
The Dance Program of Loyola University Chicago presents De Motu (“On Motion”), choreographed by instructor Sarah Cullen Fuller, as part of the Inaugural Dance Senior Solo Showcase. Choreographed to Bach’s Goldberg Variations, De Motu is an ensemble work inspired by the life and work of Galileo in occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s Letter to Christina of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany.
The Palm Court, 4th floor, Mundelein Center
Co-sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Demonstration of selected experiments of Galileo Galilei by Prof. Asim Gangopadhyaya of Loyola’s Physics Department; also, a demonstration of past and present telescopes with a replica of the telescope used by Galileo Galilei to observe the moons of Jupiter.
Co-sponsored by the Physics Department.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
The Annual John Cardinal Cody Chair in Theology Lecture by
Prof. George Coyne, S.J., former Director of the Vatican Observatory
“Where Have the Heavens Gone? Galileo, Modern Science, and the Bible.”
Coffey Hall – McCormick Lounge
Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Identity.

Friday, November 20, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Round Table Discussion and Advanced Graduate Seminar
“Cosmos, Past and Present: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of Galileo’s Letter to Christina of Lorraine”
Presenters at the Round Table:
Fr. George Coyne, S.J., former Director of the Vatican Observatory, currently McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.;
Professor Mauro Pesce, Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at the University of Bologna and author of L'ermeneutica biblica di Galileo e le due strade della teologia cristiana (2005);
Dr. Dennis McCarthy, former Director of the Directorate of Time at the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C., and author of Time: From Earth Rotation to Atomic Physics (2009);
Dr. Asim Gangopadhyaya, former chair of the Physics Department and currently Associate Dean for Planning and Resources at Loyola;
Dr. John McCarthy, former chair of the Theology Department and author of articles on both Galileo and the concept of the sacred.
Dr. Paulo Jorge Dos Santos Rodrigues, Université catholique de Louvain
Coffey Hall – McCormick Lounge
Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Identity.


Healing Earth Webinar

Healing Earth Webinar

Participate in our live Healing Earth Webinar on October 15th or 16th.

We invite you to join us for a free one-hour webinar on Healing Earth on October 15 or 16, 2015 to inform you about Healing Earth and its potential use in your classroom. We will describe how a traditional environmental science course, an environmental ethics course, or an environmental theology course can be enhanced with Healing Earth. For your convenience we will be offering the webinar at two separate times and it will be recorded.

Learn more about Healing Earth through two free live Webinars

October 15, 2015 at 1 p.m. and October 16, 2015 at 1 a.m. (UTC)

Both webinars will be held in English and Spanish.

Get more information or sign up for our webinars.

For a brief introduction to Healing Earth, check out the Welcome and Introduction sections at the Healing Earth website.

Thank you,

Michel Schuck
Editor, Healing Earth
Associate Professor,
Department of Theology,
Loyola University Chicago

Nancy Tuchman
Founding Director
Institute of Environmental Sustainability,
Loyola University Chicago

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.” Supported by a major grant from the NASA Astrobiology Program, the Center’s Inquiry on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology aims to engage the humanities, social sciences, philosophy, and theology with current science exploring the origins and extent of life in the universe. The Inquiry will bring research scientists and scholars in other fields together in an interdisciplinary discussion of how society supports and structures the search for life and how we will understand the discoveries that flow from it. Dr. Lovin’s talk will be held in the Life Sciences Building, Room 312 and will begin at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome.

For more information

The Church in the Americas

The Church in the Americas

The John Courtney Murray, S.J., University Chair in Public Service presents its Faith and Public Life Series titled "The Church in the Americas." The conference will be held on October 8 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in Piper Hall at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. Spakers include:  

  • Carmen Lomellin Former US Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Dr Peter M. Sanchez, Professor of Political Science Loyola
  • Dr. Miguel Diaz Professor of Theology & The John Courtney Murray, S.J., University Chair in Public Service

For more information

Fall 2015 Islamic World Studies Lecture

Islamic World Studies Lecture

The Fall 2015 Islamic World Studies Lecture titled 'How Islamic is the "Islamic" State?' will be held on Sept. 30 at 4:00 p.m. in Cuneo 210 by Prof. Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh. Prof. Farzaneh teaches at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and is the author of The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and The Clerical Leadership of Khurasani, published by Syracuse University Press. Prof. Farzaneh teaches the history of the Islamic civilization with a focus on political Islam in Iran and Iraq.

Divine and Human Others: Mystical Theology and Human Flourishing

Divine and Human Others

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. Bernard McGinn of the University of Chicago Divinity School will give the keynote address titled "One Word of God Will Contain a Thousand Mysteries": Teresa of Avila as the First Woman Commentator on the Song of Songs." Prof. McGinn's keynote address will be followed by a roundtable discussion with essayists from The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology. Prof. Adriaan Peperzak will end the program with a concluding reflection. 

For more information

Laudato Si’ @ LUC

Laudato Si

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
Laudato Si’ @ LUC
Caring for our Common Home: Conversations on Ecology + Justice
Symposium. Town Hall. Teach-In
Information Commons, 4th Floor

Academic Papers by LUC Faculty
Information Commons
9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
• Aana Vigen: What is Happening to our Common Home?
• Sandy Sullivan-Dunbar: The Gospel of Creation
• Michael Agliardo: The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis

Academic Papers by LUC Faculty
Information Commons
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
• Bill French: Integral Ecology
• Hille Haker: Lines of Approach and Action
• Michael Schuck: Ecological Education and Spirituality

Loyola 2025: Presenting LUC’s Climate Action Plan
Information Commons
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
• Aaron Durnbaugh, Director of Sustainability
• Wayne Magdziarz, VP, Capital Planning
• One other Loyolan (pending)

Laudato Si’: An Intercampus/Interdisciplinary Conversation
(micro and macro views; public policy/public theology/economics/culture)
Information Commons
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
• Therese Lysaught, Institute of Pastoral Studies
• Michael McCarthy, Health Sciences Division
• Clifford Shultz, Quinlan School of Business
• Nancy Tuchman, Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Calls to Action/Community Fair/Performance/Tabling/Food & Beverage
West Quad
4:30 – 6:30 p.m

For more information

Death of Fr. David J. Stagaman, S.J.

Fr. David J. Stagaman, S.J. died at 2:30 a.m. on August 9, 2015, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. He was 80
years old.  Fr. Stagaman was Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago from 2002 - 2011 and served as Chair of the Theology Department from 2002 - 2006. He also served as the Acting Director of the First Studies Program from 2009 - 2011.  In 2011 Fr. Stagaman moved to Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan, to care for his health. We remember with gratitude all that God has done through Fr. Stagaman's life and service.

Responsibility and the Integrity of Life: A Colloquium with William Schweiker

Integrity of Life

William Schweiker, Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will give this year’s McCormick Chair Lecture on Thursday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m. in the Information Commons, 4th Floor. His lecture is titled “Responsibility and the Integrity of Life.”  The lecture will be followed at 5:30 p.m. by an extended discussion with Prof. Schweiker of his article “Responsibility and Moral Realities." Prof. Schweiker works in the field of theological ethics. His scholarship and teaching engage theological and ethical questions attentive to global dynamics, comparative religious ethics, the history of ethics, and hermeneutical philosophy. 

For more information

New Book by Prof. Urban Von Wahlde

Von Wahlde

Urban Von Wahlde, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, 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."  He is the author of three books and a  three-volume commentary on the Gospel and Letters of John for the Eerdmans Critical Commentary series.  Dr. von Wahlde is also the author of the major entry on the Gospel of John and the major entry on John, the Son of Zebedee for the multi-volume Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.  He is also the author of the major articles on The Gospel of John and the Letters of John in the Lexham Dictionary of the New Testament.  He is also the author of over fifty scholarly articles. Although his primary focus is on the Johannine literature, he has also published articles on the gospel of Mark and the Acts of the Apostles.

Prof. Hille Haker elected President of Societas Ethica

Hille Haker

Prof. Hille Haker was elected President of Societas Ethica at its 2015 Annual Convention in Linköping, Sweden. Societas Ethica, the European Society for Research in Ethics, was founded in 1964 on the initiative of the theologian Hendrik von Oyen at Basle (Switzerland). Under those who took part in the early years were well-known theologians as Franz Böckle, Arthur Rich, Dietrich Ritschl, Niels Hansen Søe and Gustav Wingren. Today Societas Ethica has more than 270 members from approximately 35 countries, including both moral theologians and moral philosophers. While in the beginning the character of the society was shaped by the dialogue between catholic and protestant moral theologians, nowadays moral philosophy is equally significant.

Prof. Haker is the Richard McCormick, S. J., Chair of Moral Theology at Loyola University Chicago. At present, she is a member of the European Group on Ethics in Sciences and New Technologies (EGE) of the European Commission and is Co-Director of “Concilium,” an international journal of theology. She is also a member of the German Academy of Ethics in Medicine (AEM) and an associated member of the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tuebingen. 

For more on Dr. Haker's election as President of Societas Ethica

Brett Lewis named Sujack Master Teacher

Brett Lewis

Dr. Bret Lewis has been named a Sujack Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Sujack Teaching Awards were established in 1994 by Edwin T. and Vivijeanne F. Sujack in order to take special notice each year of two outstanding teachers in the College of Arts and Sciences. These awards recognize superb teaching of undergraduate students. Since 1994, thirty-eight members from fifteen academic disciplines have received a Sujack Awards. In addition, each faculty member’s home department receives a cash award to be used in support of activities that will enhance teaching at the department level. The Sujack ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 21, at 4:15 in Coffey Hall. 


Prof. Tracy Pintchman - Spring 2015

Tracy Pintchman Speaking Engagements

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. 

Click this link to read the profile. 

Prof. Pintchman also has numerous speaking engagements this Spring: 

March 3

"Venerating Shaligrams at a Hindu Goddess Temple in Michigan" at Yale University

March 5
"The Divine Mother Comes to Michigan: Karumariamman as Supreme Shakti at a North American Hindu Temple" at Harvard University

April 27
"Romancing the Stones: Shaligrams and the Goddess" at the University of Iowa

June 4 - 7
A paper on the Hindu goddess Tulsi at the South and Southeast Asia Cultures and Religions Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka 

New Book by Prof. Marcia Hermansen

Marcia Hermansen

Prof. Marcia Hermansen, Director of the Islamic World Studies Program, and Professor in the Theology Department at Loyola, is co-editor of a new book titled "Islam and Citizenship Education." Prof.  Marcia Hermansen teaches courses in Islamic Studies and the academic study of religion. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Chicago in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

For more information



Prof. Susan Ross on Women in Catholic Higher Education

Susan Ross

Prof. Susan Ross, Chair of the Theology Department, was interviewed by U.S. Catholic magazine on the status of women in Catholic Higher Education. 

For an excerpt from the interview

Pauline Viviano article in America Magazine

Pauline Viviano

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.  

To read the article

Daniel Cosacchi to participate in panel on "Laudato Si"

Pope Francis Encyclical

Theologians in the New York area will gather at America House on Thursday, June 16, to discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. These experts in Catholic social teaching will offer an overview of the content and significance of the teachings within the text. They will also offer background on Catholic engagement on social issues and discuss the possible impact of this text on national and international politics.

Thursday, June 18, 11 a.m.

America House
106 West 56 Street

Members of the media in the New York area

Erin Lothes Biviano, College of St. Elizabeth’s
Kevin Ahern, Manhattan College
Meghan J. Clark, St. John’s University
Daniel Cosacchi, Loyola University Chicago

Topics Covered:
What is an encyclical?
Why should the Catholic Church care about climate change?
What is distinctive about “Laudato Si"?
How will the Catholic community respond?

The Pope Is Talking To You, Chicago

Schuck Tuchman

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."

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Media Coverage of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi's visit to Loyola

Media Coverage

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. A comprehensive list of media coverage is below.

AJCU Higher Ed News
“Loyola University Chicago to Award Honorary Degree to Vatican Cardinal”
March 13, 2015

America Magazine
“Engaging the culture: A conversation with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi”
March 30, 2015

Catholic Sentinel
“Cardinal says Christian message ‘can enrich, transform’ societal values”
April 1, 2015

Catholic New World
“They call him ‘the most interesting man in the church’”
April 5, 2015

America Magazine
“Latin@ Theology and the preferential option for culture”
April 10, 2015

To Tend the Earth: Responding to the Global Climate Change Crisis

Climate Change Conference

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. Such reflection by necessity will be interdisciplinary. Three areas will receive special attention: justice–what normative framework should guide our debates on policymaking; motivation–what influences human motivation to act with regards to climate change; policy–what actions could result in significant policy and economic change.

Thursday, March 19

7:00 p.m.   Keynote Address
"Addressing Climate Change with Next Generation Energy Storage Technology"
George Crabtree, Senior Scientist, Argonne Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory
Mundelein Center Auditorium

Friday, March 20

9:30 a.m. Action Workshop I 
The Risks, Nuts, and Bolts of Divestment.
A workshop describing the motivation for divestment from fossil fuel companies, the financial risks, investment portfolio complexities, and success stories of universities who have divested from fossil fuels.
Mundelein Center Auditorium

11:30 a.m. Lunch
 Institute of Environmental Sustainability/Campus Sustainability tours
 Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) Rooms 123/124

1:00 p.m. Panel Sessions
Galvin Auditorium, Sullivan Center

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. - Climate Justice
Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor, Indiana University
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale University
William French, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Moderator - Jame Schaefer, Associate Professor, Marquette University

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. - Climate Action and Policy
Rep. Robyn Gabel, 18th District, Illinois House of Representatives
Kathleen Smythe, Professor, Xavier University
Daniel R. DiLeo, Project Manager of Catholic Climate Covenant
Moderator - Michael Schuck, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago

4:00 – 5:15 p.m. - Human Motivations for and against Climate Action
Susan Clayton, Professor, College of Wooster
Elke U. Weber, Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business and Professor of Management and Psychology at Columbia University
Moderator: Associate Professor Robyn Mallett, Loyola University Chicago

5:30 p.m. Afternoon Poster Session - Sustainability in Research, Teaching, and Advocacy
Faculty and graduate students from different disciplines and universities present posters of their research and teaching projects on environmental issues and/or solutions.
Light appetizers and cocktails served  
IES Atrium 

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"Incapable of Contentment”: A Merton Style Sanctity

Pauline Viviano Merton Lecture

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.

Lecture Description:

The "plaster statue" sanctity seen in the Merton of the 1950s has been replaced by images of a flawed monk since his death, but perhaps it is precisely in this ambiguity that a true sanctity can be found. In this talk we will focus on Merton's life and his search for God. We will consider why his "Lord, I have no idea where I am going" brand of sanctity is more meaningful today, than in his own day.

The Racial Divide in the United States

Bishop Braxton

The Most Rev. Edward Braxton (Bishop of Belleville, IL) will come to Loyola to speak about the racial divide in the United States today. In the wake of the events surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, among others, Bishop Braxton offers his own reflection on the state of the racial divide in the United States today.

In addition to Bishop Braxton, Dr. Jon Nilson (Department of Theology) and Dr. Timone Davis (Institute of Pastoral Studies) will be offering responses to the Bishop's reflections, which will then be followed by some open time for Q&A with the speakers.

His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to Receive Honorary Degree from Loyola University Chicago


On March 25th, Loyola University Chicago will confer upon His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi an honorary doctoral degree. Cardinal Ravasi is the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology. An expert in biblical languages, he served as Prefect of the Biblioteca-Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan and taught Old Testament Exegesis at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy.

Cardinal Ravasi is widely recognized as one of the leading intellectuals of the Roman Curia and has published over 150 volumes, mainly on biblical topics. As part of his conferral celebration, Ravasi will offer a lecture entitled "American Culture, Catholic Higher Education, and their Contributions to the Global Church."

The degree conferral, and lecture by Cardinal Ravasi, will coincide with the installation of Dr. Miguel H. Díaz as Loyola University Chicago's John Courtney Murray Chair in Public Service.

The Preferential Option for Culture in Latino/a Theology

Diaz Conference

Thursday, 26 March 2015
9:00AM - 5:00PM
4th Floor, Information Commons
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

This event is open to the public, but we do request you register for the event. To register, please click here.

On March 26th, His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi will join Dr. Miguel H. Díaz, John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service and U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (ret.), as well as other nationally recognized Latino/a theologians, in an unprecedented colloquium on the topic: 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. With the historic election of Pope Francis as the first Latin American Pope, and in light of Pope Francis' upcoming papal trip to our shores, this colloquium seeks to read and interpret these "signs of the times" through faith-filled, critical, and fruitful conversations. In service to Church and country, these conversations will provide building blocks that help bridge human differences, create policies, and promote human actions that advance the common good of all people of good will.

Joining Cardinal Ravasi for this colloquium will be a number of leading Latino/a theologians in the United States today. They include:

  • Dr. Maria Teresa Dávila (Andover Newton Theological School)
  • Dr. Neomi De Anda (University of Dayton)
  • Dr. Marian K. Díaz (Loyola University Chicago)
  • Dr. Miguel H. Díaz (Loyola University Chicago)
  • Dr. Orlando O. Espín (University of San Diego)
  • Dr. Roberto S. Goizueta (Boston College)
  • Dr. Néstor Medina (Regent University)
  • Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández (Catholic Theological Union)
  • Dr. Jean-Pierre Ruiz (St. John’s University)

Life in Dialogue with Faith: The Subtle Complexities of an Ongoing Conversation

Colby Dickinson Cardinal Newman Lecture

How, in the modern world, are we capable of recognizing a complex and subtly developed faith without it undermining our established sense of self? As a convert to Catholicism, Prof. Colby Dickinson has often reflected on these questions insofar as they also illuminate new ways to think and do theological practice. Turning back directly to Cardinal Newman’s Apologia,  this talk will engage Newman’s conversion to Catholicism, Prof. Dickinson’s own experiences of conversion, and how the life lived in faith is itself a never-ending Dr. Colby Dickinson process of conversion.

Feminist Bioethics and the Concept of Parenthood in the Age of Reproduction

Hille Haker

We live in an age of reproduction, when technological innovations, scientific advances, and societal developments have expanded the possibilities for reproductive autonomy. Consequently, we have new ethical challenges with regard to our concept of parenthood and understanding of parental responsibility. In her lecture at LMU's Bioethics Institute, Hille Haker addressed the moral complexities that women face in their struggle for reproductive autonomy and offered her reflections on prospective and prenatal parenthood in addition to reproductive rights and family care.

Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

Salvadoran Martyrs

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. 

Thursday, November 20
Noon: Memorial Mass in Madonna Chapel
Fr Jon Sobrino, SJ Presider
Fr Dan Hartnett, SJ Homilist

6:00 pm: Salvadoran Martyrs' Lecture
Fr Jon Sobrino, SJ
"A Community of Blood: Jesuits, University Professors and Worker Martyrs"
Mundelein Auditorium
Registration required to attend

Friday, November 21
9:30 am: Academic Roundtable
"Memory and Hope: The Salvadoran Martyrs, Prophetic Witness, and the Future of Jesuit Higher Education."
1. Dan Harnett, SJ, Xavier University and Bellarmine Parish
2. Cecilia Gonzales-Andrieu, PhD, Loyola Marymount University
3. Robert Lasalle-Klein, Phd, Holy Names University
Response: Fr Jon Sobrino, SJ
Information Commons, 4th Floor, Lakeshore Campus

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. The title of his lecture is “Human Subjectivity and the Limits of Autonomy.” The lecture will be held from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Information Commons, 4th Floor. All are invited.

Prof. Knut Wenzel is professor of fundamental theology and dogmatic theology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt. His published works include “Das Zweite Vatikanische Konzil. Eine Einführung,” “HoboPilgrim. Bob Dylans Reise durch die Nacht“, “Glaube in Vermittlung. Theologische Hermeneutik nach Paul Ricœur,” and “Dogmatik und Dogmengeschichte mit einer Arbeit zur Theologischen Anthropologie.”

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Hinduism and Catholicism: Finding God in All Things

Hinduism and Catholicism

In a two-day program sponsored by CCIH, Prof. Francis X. Clooney of Harvard University will lecture on Thursday, September 18, titled "Hinduism and Catholicism: Finding God in All Things" and participate in a student seminar on Friday the 19th.. Prof. Clooney's primary areas of scholarship are theological commentarial writings in the Sanskrit and Tamil traditions of Hindu India, and the developing field of comparative theology, a discipline distinguished by attentiveness to the dynamics of theological learning deepened through the study of traditions other than one's own. He has also written on the Jesuit missionary tradition, particularly in India, and the dynamics of dialogue in the contemporary world.

Thursday, 18 September 2014
Hinduism and Catholicism: Finding God in All Things
7:00PM - 9:00PM
4th Floor, Information Commons (IC)
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

Friday, 19 September 2014
Student Seminar (students only)
Time: TBA
Cuneo Hall, Room 417
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

The lecture on the 18th is open to the public and all are invited to attend. The student seminar on the 19th is by invitation only. If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact Dr. Bret Lewis (blewis1@luc.edu).

"The wisdom of the Ignatian tradition is beautifully enshrined in the insight of St. Ignatius Loyola that we seek God in all things and see God everywhere. In that way we learn how to serve God and our neighbor everywhere and at all times. From St. Ignatius on, mystics and poets and scholars, inspired by this ideal, have lived out the Ignatian ideal in service to others. Gerard Manley Hopkins expressed the ideal most simply: “Christ plays in ten thousand places, Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his To the Father through the features of men's faces.” Teilhard de Chardin spoke for many of us when he said that he “sought to teach how to see God everywhere, to see Him in all that is most hidden, most solid and most ultimate in the world.” In our times, the quest to see God in all things can be naturally extended to seeing God in the religious traditions around us. As Vatican II says, we can revere and welcome those other ways of conduct and of life, even when different from our own, that “by no means rarely reflect the radiance of that Truth enlightening all people.” Yet we can do even more: in a climate of true interreligious exchange, we can also learn from how saints and mystics in other traditions see God in all things, and can see us in light of their experience of God everywhere. In today’s world, God is offering us the grace to be seen by others in light of their vision of God in the world. In this lecture, I give the example of a Hindu tradition of south India, wherein the devotee is invited to see the divine — Krishna, Rama, Sita — everywhere and in all things. At a Jesuit university, we have nothing to fear when we find ourselves in the light of other faiths, other people’s vision of the world in God."

Prof. Frank Clooney

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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. The conference will be held from Sept. 18 - 20. at the Université Laval, Québec.

How Pauline is the Gospel of Mark?

Cody Chair Seminar

Dr. Clare Rothschild of Lewis University will participate in an Advanced Graduate Seminar sponsored by Prof. Edmondo Lupieri, the John Cardinal Cody Chair. Dr. Rothschild is Associate Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Lewis University specializing in the area of Biblical Studies. 

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Prof. Hille Haker

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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. The conference will be held from Sept. 16 - 18 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.  


"Hidden Behind a Veil of Blood:" God and the Violence Against Women in the Bible

Ross and Viviano at Siena Center

In the Old Testament God's violence against Israel's enemies was a way to show God's love for his people, but God's violence was also directed against Israel itself who was cast in the role of an unfaithful wife. How do we deal with the violence of God, especially as it is directed against women? Loyola Theology Department faculty Susan A. Ross and Pauline Viviano will address this and related issues in a presentation at the Siena Center of Dominican University titled:

"Hidden Behind a Veil of Blood:" God and the Violence Against Women in the Bible

 Thursday, Septemeber 18, 2014 // 7:00 p.m. Priory Auditorium // Free Admission

Dr. Susan A. Ross is a Professor of Theology and a Faculty Scholar at Loyola University Chicago. She is a former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and Vice-President and member of the Board of Editors of Concilium, the international theological journal.

Dr. Pauline Viviano is an Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. She is presently working on a commentary on the Books of Jeremiah and Lamentations. In addition to University teaching she often lectures at parishes in and around Chicago.

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Liberation Theology: What Is It?

TAK Lecture

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Cuneo Hall Room 002
4:00 –5:30 P.M.

Dr. Miguel Diaz
John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service
Loyola University Chicago

Meghan Toomey
Ph.D. Student
Integrative Studies in Ethics and Theology
Loyola University Chicago

Annie BurnsJunior Undergraduate Student
B.A. Program in Theology,
Catholic Studies Minor, and
B.B.A. Program in Management

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Sufi Music from Pakistan

Sufi Music from Pakistan

Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwals
Sufi Music from Pakistan

Friday, September 5th
Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8:00pm
Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwals
Sufi Music From Pakistan
Mundelein Center Auditorium (Loyola University)

Complimentary tickets available to Loyolans with ID until September 4th
at the Mundelein Center Information Desk 9-5:30 PM

For more information contact: Dr. Marcia Hermansen

Sponsors include: Islamic World Studies, Asian Studies, CAS Dean's Office

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Medieval Mystics and the Mind of God

McIntosh Talk

Mark McIntosh, the first person to hold the Chair of Spirituality, will give the first of this year's Medieval Studies Center Lecture Series. The title of his address is "Medieval Mystics and the Mind of God" and will be held on Monday, September 29, 2014, 5:00 p.m. in the Crown Center Auditorium

3rd International McCormick Chair Colloquium

Erfurt 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 on May 3 - 5. Twelve Loyola Theology Department faculty and students traveled to Erfurt, Germany to present papers on the topic of "The City as an Intersectional Site on Ethics and Theology." 

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Making Sense of Jesus in the 21st Century

Michael Welker

Michael Welker is Professor Emeritus and Senior Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Since 2005, he has been the Director of the Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology, Heidelberg. He has been a frequent guest professor in North America (McMaster University, Princeton Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School), and a senior consultant scholar at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton. His most recent book is God the Revealed: Christology (Eerdmans).

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McCormick Chair Lecture and Colloquium with Prof. Robin Lovin

Robin Lovin Colloquium

""How Politics Became Impossible and Ethics Became Unnecessary: MThe Shrinking Moral Vocabulary of Modern Public Life"

One of the problems of contemporary politics is the shrinking of its moral vocabulary. Religious aspirations, prophetic indictments, and even the concept of the common good have been pushed to the margins of public reason. Of course, these moral and religious ideas have not disappeared from public consciousness or public speech; but we no longer have a shared understanding of their place in politics as a whole. Likewise, the institutions that shape lives and connect persons to the wider society tend to disappear from political consideration. They are viewed simply as actors in a market economy, producers and consumers of a somewhat different sort, but not as the centers of moral formation and evaluation that they actually are in the lives of most citizens in a free society. Drawing on the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Robert Bellah, and other scholars of contemporary religion and public life, Robin Lovin will discuss how this shrinking of our moral vocabulary came about, what its unintended consequences have been, and how renewed attention to the role of these mediating institutions-schools, museums, symphony orchestras, congregations, hospitals, community organizations, and the like-might help us to expand our ways of thinking about ethics in politics.

Robin Lovin is Director of Research at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, and Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics emeritus at SMU, where he taught moral theology across different disciplines from 2001-2012. Previously he served eight years as dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. He is the author of numerous books and papers, including most recently An Introduction to Christian Ethics: Goals, Duties, and Virtues (2011), Christian Realism and the New Realities (2008) and Christian Ethics: An Essential Guide (1999).

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Ecology and Religion: Pedagogical Challenges & Opportunities

Ecology and Religion

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. Titled “Ecology and Religion: Pedagogical Challenges & Opportunities,” the colloquium will be held from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Coffey Hall – McCormick Lounge. 

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Religious Environmentalism, Hinduism, and India - Romanticism or Reality


Profs. Tracy Pintchman and William French addressed the topic “Religious Environmentalism, Hinduism, and India: Romanticism or Reality?” on Wednesday, March 12, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Coffey Hall – McCormick Lounge. This program continued the Theology Department’s spring series of programs on “Theology and Ecology.”

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The First Inaugural John Courtney Murray Forum

1st Inaugural John Courtney Murray Forum

The Catholic Studies Minor will be hosting its First Inaugural John Courtney Murray Forum titled "Disposable Culture and Our World Today" on March 31, 2014. This student-run forum will consist entirely of undergraduate student projects coming from various academic disciplines.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Murphy, Director of Catholic Studies (mmurphy23@luc.edu) or sophomore student and Catholic Studies minor, Maura Rocks (mrocks@luc.edu). 

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A Panel on Queer Theology

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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.

“Dissolving Boundaries, Building Bridges: A Personal View of Queer Theology”
Holly Bullard
Loyola University Chicago

“Theology? Queer? A Short History of the Challenge of Queer Theology”
Colby Dickinson
Loyola University Chicago

“Stories from Queer Students: From Theology to Reality”
Elizabeth Sextro and Joshua Kirkpatrick
Loyola University Chicago

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International Conference on Jesuits and Social Justice

Mike Schuck

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." Dr. Schuck is an Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago, and former Director of the Joan and Bill Hank center for the Catholic intellectual Heritage. He graduated from St. Louis University, received an MA in Political Science from the University Chicago, an AMRS from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. His main research interests are Roman Catholic social thought with special attention to its history, variety, and relationship to other forms of social thought, ancient and modern. He has written on these and other more specific moral issues inside Roman Catholic social thought.

Healing Earth Chicago Workshop II

Healing Earth

The International Jesuit Ecology Project (IJEP) is a three-year collaborative project between Loyola University Chicago faculty and scholars from Jesuit institutions around the world to create an online Living Textbook that addresses select environmental science challenges from an integrated scientific, moral, and spiritual perspective. The Healing Earth Chicago Workshop II brought together the founding members of IJEP and the project's new partners in order to review and edit the drafts of the chapters of the online Living Textbook. This project is being headed up by the Theology Department's own Mike Schuck in collaboration with Nancy Tuchman of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability. 

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Is My Brain Killing My Soul?

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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.

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New World Pope: Pope Francis & The Future Of The Church

Fr. Bernardi

The conference "New World Pope: Pope Francis & The Future of the Church" used the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the election of the first Pope from the global South to reflect upon Pope Francis himself and what his election means for the Church. Conference speakers came from Europe, South America, and the U.S. to explore various aspects of Pope Francis’ thought, his pastoral style, his history, his election, and the challenges that face his papacy. Our own Fr. Peter Bernardi gave a plenary address at the conference titled "Pope Francis and Ignatian Discernment." To view the video of Fr. Bernardi's address, please select the link below. 


Theology and Ethics in the Midst of Ecological Concern

Loyola Graduate Student Colloquium

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. This year’s colloquium addressed the topic “Theology and Ethics in the Midst of Ecological Concern” and was the second program in an on-going series of programs for the Spring Semester addressing the theme of the environment. 

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Ecology and Liturgy: The Jewish Feast of Tu BiShvat

Ecology and Liturgy: The Jewish Feast of Tu BiShvat

Prof. Devorah Schoenfeld led a group of 30 persons through the liturgy for the "The Jewish Feast of Tu BiShvat" on Wednesday, January 15, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in Coffey Hall - McCormick Lounge. This was the first of the Theology Department's Spring semester's programs on Theology and the environment. Dr. Schoenfeld is in her fourth year as an Assistant Professor in Judaism at Loyola and has previously taught at St. Mary's College of Maryland and UC Davis.  Her research compares Jewish and Christian approaches to reading the Bible in the Middle Ages.  Her book, "Isaac on Jewish and Christian Altars", was published in 2013 with Fordham University Press.

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Keynote Address - 'The Art of "Chasing Ice"'

Balog Chasing Ice

Photographer James Balog spoke at Loyola University Chicago about “The Art of Chasing Ice” on Thursday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. in Mundelein Auditorium. Balog was the keynote speaker for the conference titled "U.S. Energy and Climate Change: Science, Ethics, and Public Policies." For three decades, James Balog has been a leader in photographing and interpreting the natural environment. To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. The project is featured in the highly acclaimed documentary, Chasing Ice, which won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, as well as dozens of awards at film festivals worldwide. Chasing Ice was shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Awards. It has been screened at The White House, the U.S. Congress, the U.K. House of Commons and the United Nations. It has been the subject of features on the NBC Evening News, ABC Nightline, The Late Show with David Letterman, PBS’s Moyers & Company, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

Please register for the lecture and the conference at: www.luc.edu/sustainability/conference

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Theology & Ecology Events 2013 - 2014

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. 

Theology & Ecology Events 2013 - 2014 Brochure

The 2013 Cody/Farrell Lecture and Colloquium

Mary Ann Hinsdale

The 2013 Cody/Farrell Lecture and Colloquium was given by Dr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, Professor of Theology at Boston College. Dr. Hinsdale lectured on the topic "The Future of Catholic Feminist Theology" and offered a graduate and undergraduate student colloquium titled "Jesuit Theological Discourse since Vatican II."  

Mary Ann Hinsdale is a native of Chicago.  Since obtaining her PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College (Toronto), she taught at St. John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, MI and at the College of the Holy Cross (where she also chaired the Religious Studies Department and was Director of Women’s Studies).  Since the year 2000 she has been teaching at Boston College.  A member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Monroe, MI), Dr. Hinsdale served as President of the Catholic Theological Society of America from 2010-2011. 

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