Rev. Joseph Mueller's Professional Vision
Because Marquette is a Catholic university, its Theology Department plays an essential role in the University’s mission. I teach and research theology because I am convinced that God has sent me to do this through my religious superiors for the purpose of serving the Church. I have studied ecclesiology because a deeper understanding of it will help the Christian churches to deepen their union. I have studied the Fathers of the Church because I have always found in them a freshness, spark, and wisdom that inspire me to love more passionately the Christian way and because I think that presenting the Fathers to others can help them also to this greater love. God has worked powerfully through my teachers to bring me closer to his way, and I wish to be such an instrument for the good of others. My work contributes to what I see as the unique character and work of Marquette's Theology Department in at least these four ways. First, to the extent that there is a Jesuit manner of being a theologian, I incarnate this manner in part. Second, my work in ecclesiology contributes to the ecumenical orientation of the Department and to its expertise in ecclesiology. Third, my assignment to the systematic section of the Department and my familiarity with and love for the earlier witnesses of our tradition contribute to our Department's orientation toward a unified cultivation of theology as a discipline straddling the fault lines of American specialized study. I can in this way also contribute to our department's rootedness in the catholic tradition, even in its consideration of the most contemporary issues. Fourth, my collaboration with scholars in Canada, Europe, and the Near East contributes to the international reach that our department prizes.