News From the Chair - February 2014   

Dr Susan K Wood SCL

News From the Chair shares highlights of recent activities, awards, publications, and accomplishments of students, alumni, and faculty of the Department of Theology.

Susan K. Wood, SCL, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theology
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Lehner Inducted into European Academy of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Ulrich Lehner will attend the solemn induction ceremony of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Great Auditorium of the University of Salzburg, Austria, March 8. Dr. Lehner is the first Marquette Professor elected to this learned society.

Faculty Publications

Dr. D. Stephen Long's Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Preoccupation was published February, 2014 with Fortress Press.

Dr. Jame Schaefer, “Religious Motivation for Mitigating Human-forced Climate Change: Scientifically Informed, Politically Astute, and Collaborative,“ International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 6.1 (2014): 34-46.

Faculty Activities

Rev. Robert Doran’s work is part of the subject matter of a new book, Redeeming History: Social Concern in Bernard Lonergan and Robert Doran, by Gerard Whelan, S.J., published 2014 at the Gregorian Biblical Press, Rome.

Dr. Ulrich Lehner was appointed to the jury of the Harry C. Koenig Book Prize, awarded by the American Catholic Historical Association. The Koenig prize recognizes outstanding biographies of members of the Catholic Church who have lived in any age or country.

Dr. D. Stephen Long was the respondent to Dr. Edgardo Colo-Emeric at the fortieth annual meeting of the John Wesley Institute, February 9-11, 2014 on the theme, "Perfection in Dialogue: Wesley, Aquinas and the Future of Ecumenism." He presented "Justice, Diversity and Protest" at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, February 24, 2014. His presentation was part of Xavier's Ethics/Religion and Society Series which has been addressing "Justice, Tolerance and Diversity." A schedule of lectures and events can be found online at:

Dr. Jame Schaefer participated in the International Jesuit Ecology Project by invitation of the Higher Education Secretariat of the Society of Jesus, Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Center, Woodstock, IL, February 9-12, 2014.

Graduate Student Awards

Alexandre Martins’ essay, “Healthy Justice: A Liberation Approach to Justice in Healthcare,” has won the 2014 CHA (Catholic Health Association of the United States) Graduate Student Essay Contest. As the winner of the contest he receives a $500 cash prize. In addition, he will present a summary of his essay March 20, 2014 at CHA’s Theology and Ethics Colloquium in St. Louis. CHA will also publish his essay in an upcoming issue of either Health Progress or Health Care Ethics USA.

Jakob K. Rinderknecht has been named a graduate fellow for the Collegium 2014 Summer Colloquy. Collegium is a national organization of Catholic colleges and universities within  the ACCU. Each colloquy brings together faculty and advanced graduate students to discuss the Catholic academic vocation and its contemporary challenges.  It will be held June 20-27, 2014 at Holy Cross College of Massachusetts.

Graduate Student Publications

Andy Alexis-Baker, A Faith Encompassing All Creation: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for the Environment. Edited by Andy Alexis-Baker and Tripp York. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014; Yoder, John Howard. Theology of Missions. Edited by Gayle Gerber Koontz and Andy Alexis-Baker. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Academic, 2013; Andy Alexis-Baker, “Prison, Sexual Assault and editing John Howard Yoder: One Man's Story,” The Mennonite, November 2013.

Darren M. Henson, “Balancing Autonomy with Relationships: A Response to Physician Assisted Death” Health Progress, 95 no. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2014, 15–19.

Graduate Student Presentations

Darren M. Henson, “End-of-Life Decisions in Minority Populations: Insights and Critiques from the Preferential Option for the Poor and Marginalized.”  Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, Jan. 11, 2014; “Care for the Poor,” Catholic Health East / Trinity Health, Series on Catholic Social Practices and the Health Care Setting, Webinar, Jan. 22, 2014.

Alumni Publications

Wipf & Stock has recently released Amy E. Ritcher & Joseph S. Pagano's new book, Love in Flesh and Bone: Exploring the Christmas Mystery.

Book Details:
Richter, Amy E.
Love in Flesh and Bone
Wipf and Stock
ISBN 13: 978-1-62564-206-6
Retail: $17
Pub. Date: 1/15/2014


Lehner Inducted into European Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Père Marquette Lecture in Theology 2014

Dr. Robert L. Wilken, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Profesor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, will give a lecture on “The Christian Roots of Religious Freedom.”
Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Eckstein Hall, Appellate court room
A reception will follow. This lecture is
free and open to the public.

Adjunct/Graduate Student Pedagogy Workshops

Friday, March 14, 10:00-11:15 AM Cudahy Hall, Room 118
“How my testing and grading reflect my pedagogy.”

Contact Dr. Julian Hills for more information.


Theology Department Mission Statement

Theology Department Mission Statement

Marquette University defines itself as Christian, Catholic, Jesuit, urban, and independent. The Department of Theology functions within the university to investigate and understand the Catholic tradition, its relation to other Christian communions, and to other religions of the world. Read more of our mission statement.