News From the Chair - January 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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Dr. Daniel Maguire receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Society of Christian Ethics presented Dr. Daniel Maguire, professor of theology, with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its January 2014 meeting. The award recognizes creative and lasting contributions to the field of Christian ethics, taking into account the recipient's quality and quantity of scholarly publications; scholarship that defines the issues Christian ethicists must address; and influence within the field of Christian ethics.

Dr. Ulrich Lehner first Marquette Scholar inducted into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Dr. Ulrich Lehner, associate professor of theology at Marquette University, has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Based in Salzburg, Austria, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts is an interdisciplinary network of scholars from various fields who focus on scientific, social, cultural and ethical issues concerning the region. Lehner is the first Marquette scholar inducted into the academy. - See more

Congratulations to December Graduates

The following students graduated at the December 2013 Commencement:

Geoffrey Holsclaw, Ph.D. (Theology and Society)
Dissertation title: "Transcending Subjects: Hegel, Augustine, and the Conversion of Politics"
Dissertation director: Dr. D. Stephen Long

Theodore Koth, M.A.C.D.
Essay title: "Perfect in Divinity, Perfect in Humanity: The Centrality of the Doctrine of the Incarnation in Response to Compemporary Skepticism"

Taylor Dean, B.A. (Theology and Classical Languages)
His Capstone Semimar essay "Theology in Conflict: Antebellum and Post-War South" was published in American Theological Inquiry January 15, 2014.

Congratulations to August Graduates

The following students graduated in August 2013:

Christopher Spotts, Ph.D. (Systematics/Ethics)
Dissertation title: "Rediscovering Sabbath: Hebrew Social Thought and Its Contribution to Black Theology’s Vision for America”
Dissertation director: Rev. Bryan Massingale

Gary Newman, M.A.C.D.
Essay title: "Christology: A View of the Earthy and Risen Jesus the Christ"

Michael Roeschlein, M.A.C.D.
Essay title: "Three Perspectives on Delight as the Heart of Vocational Discernment"

Undergraduate Student Award

Marquette senior and psychology major Marie Mejaki is the winner of this year's Doherty Award, which honors the Marquette student who, during the current academic year, has written the best paper of those submitted within the broad area of moral response generated by religious faith and tradition.

Mejaki won the award for an essay submitted in THEO 4340-Sacraments and Christian Life, taught by Rev. John Laurance, S.J. in fall 2013. The essay was entitled "Rediscovering the Theological Significance of the Christmas Season."

The Doherty award is conferred annually by the Department of Theology and was established as a memorial to the late Dr. Dennis Doherty, a long-time moral theologian at Marquette.

Doherty Award 2014
L-R: Dr. Deirdre Dempsey, Ms. Marie Mejaki, Rev. John Laurance, S.J.

Faculty Publications

Rev. Robert M. Doran, SJ, "Lonergan on Imitating the Divine Relations," in Rene Girard and Creative Mimesis, ed. Vern Neufeld Redekop and Thomas Ryba (Lexington Books, 2013) 199-219.

Dr. Robert Masson, Without Metaphor, No Saving God: Theology After Cognitive Linguistics, Studies in Philosophical Theology 54. Leuven: Peeters, 2014. ISBN: 978-90-429-3019-3.

Dr. Jame Schaefer, Editor and Contributor, Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Assessing Pope Benedict XVI’s Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the United States (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlfield, 2013); “Celebrating and Advancing Magisterial Discourse on the Ecological Crisis,” xix-xxxiii.

Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, “The Sacramental Foundations of Ecclesial Identity: Barrier or Passageway to Ecumenical Unity?” in Believing in Community, ed. by De Mey P., De Witte, P., and Mannion, G. Bibliotheca Ephermeridum Theologicanum Lovaniensiun, 261 (Leuven, Belgium: Peeters, 2013), 455-476. 

Faculty Activities

Rev. Robert Doran, SJ, review of Mark T. Miller, The Quest for God and the Good Life: Lonergan's Theological Anthropology (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2013) in Theological Studies 74:4 (December 2013) 1041 (shorter notice); delivered the 2013 Doerr Lecture, 'The Structure of Systematic Theology,' at the 2013 Colloquium on Doing Catholic Systematic Theology in a Multi-religious World, Marquette University, November 7, 2013; posted four new essays to Robert M. Doran, ESSAYS IN SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY: AN E-BOOK, on the website, under "Scholarly Activities/Books." The four essays are:
Essay 48 - 'No Other Gospel': Ecclesial Integrity in the Appropriation of Vatican II
Essay 49: Invisible Missions: The Grace that Heals Disjunctions
Essay 50: The Renewal of Theology
Essay 51: The Structure of Theology (2)

Dr. Jame Schaefer presented “An Ethical Reflection on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: A Trajectory toward Functioning Virtuously,” Conference on U.S. Energy and Environment: Science, Ethics, and Public Policies, Loyola University Chicago, November 15, 2013.

Graduate Student Publications

Eugene Schlesinger, "Sacramental Efficacy in Karl Rahner and Cognitive Linguistics" Philosophy & Theology 25, no. 2 (2013): 337-360.

Graduate Student Presentations

Jason Roberts presented "The Peril and Promise of the Genesis Cosmology for Healing a Broken World" at the Faculty Conversations on Learning session January 8, 2014.

Eugene Schlesinger presented “The Potential of Chauvet's Sacramental Theology for Reformed-Catholic Ecumenism,” National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Baltimore Maryland, November 23-26, 2013; "Exchanging Symbols for Symbolic Exchange: Towards a Realistic, Ecumenical Reformed Sacramental Theology," National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Baltimore Maryland, November 19-21, 2013.


Jacob Shatzer, Ph.D. Teaching Fellow, has accepted a permanent position as assistant professor in the Department of Theology and Ministry at Sterling College, Sterling KS.


Dr. Daniel Maguire receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Ulrich Lehner Inducted into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

December Graduates

August Graduates

Undergraduate Student Award

Faculty Publications

Faculty Activities

Graduate Publications

Graduate Presentations



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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.


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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.