News From the Chair - May 2016

Dr. Robert Masson

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

Robert Masson, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theology
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Faculty Awards

Dr. Michael Cover received the 2016 Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship for his paper entitled, “The Death of Tragedy: The Form of God in Euripides’ Bacchae and Paul’s Carmen Christi.” He will deliver his paper at the SBL Annual Meeting in San Antonio in November, followed by panel responses and general discussion.

Dr. Julian V. Hills was named Mentor of the Year, and Dr. Andrei Orlov was named Scholar of the Year, at the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences first annual awards ceremony held April 19. The ceremony honors faculty, staff, and students for outstanding contributions in the areas of scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service.

Dr. Julian Hills Dr. Andre Orlov

Graduate Student Awards

Shaun Blanchard was awarded the Cyril Smith Fellowship 2016-2017, a travel fellowship, for a year of research in London, Birmingham, and Durham on the English Cisalpines.

Alexandre Martins was awarded the 2016-2017 Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellowship.

Eugene R. Schlesinger was named Graduate Student Scholar of the Year: Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, at the college’s first annual awards ceremony held April 19. The ceremony honors faculty, staff, and students for outstanding contributions in the areas of scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service.

Dr. Eugene Schlesinger

Undergraduate Awards

Theology majors Isabel Utschig and Carolyn Wilson made the Fall 2015 Dean's List.

Carolyn Wilson received the 2016 Doherty Award, a long-standing award named after the late Dr. Denis Doherty, that is presented to an outstanding senior for the year’s finest undergraduate research paper in theological studies.

Six theology majors were inducted into Theda Alpha Kappa, a national honor society in theology and religious studies: Zachary Cimaglio, Kaitlyn Daly, Audrey Oppman, Slma Jamal, Isaac Pecha, and Isabel Utschig. The inductees were welcomed by faculty at an awards ceremony for theology majors April 28, 2016.

Theo faculty and majors

Graduate Student Placements

D. Glenn Butner, Jr., Ph.D., has accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry at Sterling College in Kansas.

Timothy Gabrielson, Ph.D., has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Sterling College in Kansas.

Joseph Gordon, Ph.D., has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Johnson University, Kissimmee, Florida.

Christopher Hadley, S.J., Ph.D., has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

Samantha Miller, Ph.D., has accepted a tenure-track History of Christianity position at Anderson University.

Jakob Rinderknecht, Ph.D., has received a tenure track position as Director of the Pastoral Institute & Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of the Incarnate Word. He also received a postdoctoral fellowship with the Louisville Institute for 2016-18 that he will hold concurrently with his position at Incarnate Word.

Stephen Waers, Ph.D., has accepted a full-time position as Assistant Professor of Theology at Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, KS.

Nathan Willowby, Ph.D., has accepted a tenure-track position at Anderson University as Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics.

Congratulations May Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy, Religious Studies

Andy Alexis-Baker, Ph.D. [December] (Theological Ethics)
Dissertation Title: "The Word Became Flesh: On Jesus's Particularity and Nonhuman Animals"
Dissertation Co-Directors: Dr. D. Stephen Long and Dr. Danielle Nussberger

Phillip Anderas, Ph.D. [December] (Historical Theology)
Dissertation Title: "Renovatio Martin Luther's Augustinian Theology of Holiness (1515/16 and 1535-46)"
Dissertation Director: Dr. Mickey Mattox

D. Glenn Butner, Jr., Ph.D. (Theology and Society)
Dissertation Title: "The Economic Trinity: Communion with the Triune God in a Market Economy"
Dissertation Co-Directors: Dr. D. Stephen Long and Rev. Robert M. Doran, S.J.

Raymond Foyer, Ph.D. (Biblical Theology)
Dissertation Title: "Judgment, Justification, and the Faith Event in Romans"
Dissertation Director: Dr. Julian V. Hills

Timothy Gabrielson, Ph.D. (Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity)
Dissertation Title: "Primeval History According to Paul: 'in Adam' and 'in Christ' in Romans"
Dissertation Co-Directors: Dr. Julian V. Hills and Dr. Michael Cover

Joseph Gordon, Ph.D. (Systematic Theology)
Dissertation Title: "Scripture in History: A Systematic Theology of the Christian Bible"
Dissertation Co-Directors: Rev. Robert M. Doran, S.J. and Dr. D. Stephen Long

David Horstkoetter, Ph.D. (Systematic Theology)
Dissertation Title: "Gary Dorrien, Stanley Hauerwas, Rowan Williams, and the Theological Transformations of Sovereignties"
Dissertation Co-Directors: Dr. D. Stephen Long and Dr. Danielle Nussberger

Erin Kidd, Ph.D. (Theology and Society)
Dissertation Title: "The Mystical and Political Body: Christian Identity in the Theology of Karl Rahner"
Dissertation Director: Dr. Robert Masson

Andrew Kuzma, Ph.D. (Theological Ethics)
Dissertation Title: "Theo-Dramatic Ethics: A Balthasarian Approach to Moral Formation"
Dissertation Co-Directors: Dr. D. Stephen Long and Dr. Danielle Nussberger

Samantha Miller, Ph.D. (Historical Theology)
Dissertation Title: "No Sympathy for the Devil: The Significance of Demons in John Chrysostom's Soteriology"
Dissertation Director: Dr. Michel R. Barnes

Gregorio Montejo, Ph.D. [August] (Historical Theology)
Dissertation Title: "Truly Human, Fully Divine: The Kenotic Christ of Thomas Aquinas"
Dissertation Director: Dr. Mark Johnson

Kellen Plaxco, Ph.D. (Historical Theology)
Dissertation Title: "Didymus the Blind, Origen, and the Trinity"
Dissertation Director: Dr. Michel R. Barnes

Eugene Schlesinger, Ph.D. (Systematic Theology)
Dissertation Title: "ITE, MISSA EST! A Missional Liturgical Ecclesiology"
Dissertation Director: Dr. Susan K. Wood, SCL

Benjamin Suriano, Ph.D. (Theology and Society)
Dissertation Title: "From Modes of Production to the Resurrection of the Body: A Labor Theory of Revolutionary Subjectivity and Religious Ideas"
Dissertation Co-Directors: Dr. D. Stephen Long and Rev. Robert Doran, S.J.

Stephen Waers, Ph.D.
(Historical Theology)
Dissertation Title: "Monarchianism and Origen's Early Trinitarian Theology"
Dissertation Director: Dr. Michel R. Barnes

Nathan Willowby, Ph.D. (Systematic Theology)
Dissertation Title: "Sanctification as Virtue and Mission: The Politics of Holiness"
Dissertation Co-Directors: Dr. D. Stephen Long and Dr. Sharon Pace

Master of Arts

Aaron McCoy, M.A. (Systematic Theology)
Essay Title: "'Guided by Our Values': The Difference Institutional Faith Commitments Make in Responding to Protests for Racial Justice"
Essay Readers: Rev. Bryan N. Massingale and Dr. Conor Kelly

Mitchel Owens, M.A. (Systematic Theology)
Essay Title: "A Labor of Love: A New Conception of the New Evangelization in Light of Evangelii Nuntiandi and Evangelii Gaudium"
Essay Readers: Rev. Bryan N. Massingale and Dr. Conor Kelly

Master of Arts in Christian Doctrine

Keturah Paul, M.A.C.D.
Essay Title: "A Biblical Understanding of Submission in Marriage"
Essay Readers: Dr. Susan Wood, SCL and Rev. William Kurz, S.J.

Theology Majors
Theology Minors
Slma Jama
Anne Mosher
Daniel Pessoa
Isabel Utschig
Carolyn Wilson
Jonathan Bie
Michael Equi
Angela Harder
William Hyland
David Jepson
Timothy Kehoe
Jonathan Leet
Stephanie Silman
Samantha Sluder

Faculty Members Promoted to Emeritus Status

Dr. Dan Maguire has been promoted to professor emeritus. Rev. John Laurance, S.J. was promoted to associate professor emeritus.

Faculty Publications

Dr. Joshua Ezra Burns, The Christian Schism in Jewish History and Jewish Memory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Rev. Robert M. Doran, S.J., "Actual Grace and the Elevation of the Secular," Australian eJournal of Theology 22/3 (2015): 166-79.Robert M. Doran, S.J., “Moving Vatican II Forward: The Multi-religious Context,” Lonergan Workshop 26 (2016) 127-38; edited: Bernard Lonergan, The Incarnate Word, vol. 8 in Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan, trans. Charles C. Hefling, Jr, ed. Robert M. Doran, and Jeremy D. Wilkins​; "Invisible Missions: The Grace that Heals Disjunctions," in Seekers and Dwellers: Plurality and Wholeness in a Time of Secularity, ed. Philip J Rossi, (Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change, Series VIII: Christian Philosophical Studies Volume 20), Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington, DC, 2016: 249-267.

Rev. D. Thomas Hughson, S.J., "Kenotic Ecclesiology: Context, Orientations, Secularity," in Seekers and Dwellers: Plurality and Wholeness in a Time of Secularity, ed. Philip J Rossi, (Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change, Series VIII: Christian Philosophical Studies Volume 20), Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington, DC, 2016: 95-130.

Dr. Joseph Ogbonnaya, "The Significance of Black Theology to African Liberative Theologies,"Journal of Inculturation Theology, 14.1 (2015): 1-27; "Lonergan As Therapy for Confused Cultures - An African Response" Gerald Whelan, ed. (Rome: Gregorian and Biblical Press, 2015)​, 245-263.

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J., book chapter: “Seekers, Dwellers, and the Plural Contingencies of Grace: Hospitality, Otherness and the Enactment of Human Wholeness ” in Seekers and Dwellers: Plurality and Wholeness in a Time of Secularity, ed. Philip J Rossi, (Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change, Series VIII: Christian Philosophical Studies Volume 20), Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington, DC, 2016: 285-300; Book introduction: “Introduction,” Seekers and Dwellers: Plurality and Wholeness in a Time of Secularity, ed. Philip J Rossi, (Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change, Series VIII: Christian Philosophical Studies Volume 20), Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington, DC, 2016: 1-13.

Rev. John Thiede, S.J., "The Cry of the Earth in the Amazon: Boff, Sobrino, Stang and Laudato Si'." p. 142-152, in CTS Annual Volume 61, 2015, edited by Colleen Mary Carpenter: Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York.

Faculty Activities

Rev. Robert M. Doran, S.J. co-edited The Incarnate Word, vol. 8 in Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan, co-edited with Jeremy D. Wilkins (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016); Presented “Are There Two Consciousnesses in Christ? Lonergan and Balthasar in Dialogue,” Emmett Doerr Lecture in Systematic Theology for 2015-2016, March 10, 2016, Marquette University.

Dr. Joseph Ogbonnaya, "Lonergan and the Future of African Theology,"Paper Presented At The 31st Annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium March 31st - April 2, 2016, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California; "Gravissimum Educationis and African Anthropological Poverty," Panel Presentation at the Colloquium on Catholic Higher Education as Partner in the Church’s Mission​ at St. Xvaier University, Chicago, March 31, 2016; "The Significance of Lucas Chan’s Cross-Cultural Approach to Biblical Ethics to African and Latin American Readings of the Bible​," at the Biblical Ethics in the 21st Century Conference In Memory Of Fr. Yiu Sing Lúcás Chan, SJ, Marquette University, April 8-9, 2016.

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J., edited Seekers and Dwellers: Plurality and Wholeness in a Time of Secularity (Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change, Series VIII: Christian Philosophical Studies Volume 20), Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington, DC, 2016.

Dr. Jame Schaefer presented “Ethical Imperatives in Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ and Environmental Philosophy: Similarities and Differences,“ International Society for Environmental Ethics Session, American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, April 2; “A Catholic Faith Perspective on Climate Change” in Symposium on Faith and Climate Change, Life Sciences and Society Program, University of Missouri, Columbia, March 11; “Addressing International Environmental Problems from Ethical Perspectives,” Capstone Seminar for the Interdisciplinary Major in International Affairs, Marquette University, February 8; “Environmental Ethics from a Catholic Perspective: Biblical, Theological, and Magisterial,” Law School Workshop on Comparative Religious Perspectives on Environmental Ethics: Catholic and Hindu, Mission Week 2016, Marquette University, February 2; “A Global (Nuanced) Ethic for the Anthropocene: A Sense of the Sacred in Major World Religions,”10th Anniversary Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, University of Florida, Gainesville, January 15; “Comments on Decreation: The Last Things of All Creatures by Paul J. Griffiths,” Loyola University Maryland Session, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, November 22; “Catholic Influence on Climate Policy: Pope Francis, the U.S. Bishops, and Advocacy Organizations,” Religion and Politics Section, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, November 21; “Pope Francis’ Call for Ecological Conversion—A Reflection of Ignatian Spirituality,” Ignatian Associates Ramos Community, Church of the Gesu, Milwaukee, November 17; “Integral Ecology” at Laudato Si’ and the American Catholic Church, a conference for invited leaders of Catholic organizations to discuss ministerial implementations of the encyclical, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America, and the Catholic Climate Covenant, Washington DC, November 13; “Theological Motivation for Mitigating Human-Forced Climate Change: Pope Francis in Laudato Si’,” Keynote Address, Diocese of Providence, Providence RI, November 12; and, “Enhancing Our Well-Being: An Ignatian Approach to Coping and Flourishing,” Wellness Lecture Series sponsored by the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, College of Nursing, and College of Health Sciences, Marquette University, October 27.

Rev. David Schultenover, S.J. presented “Pragmatism’s Breach: The Modernist Crisis in the Catholic Church,” The Michael Kerlin Lecture, La Salle University, March 17, 2016.

Dr. John Zemler was one of two keynote speakers at the UWM Military & Veteran Populations Conference, Building Bridges to Healing Lives -- Trauma-Informed Approaches for Military & Veteran Service Providers, where he presented “PTSD Wounds Our Souls and Ours Hearts: Exploring the Spiritual and Shamanic Dimensions to Healing From Our PTSD,” May 20. Dr. Zemler is a US Army veteran, Theology Professor, Spiritual Director, PTSD Survivor, author of “Spiritual/Moral Injury of War,” and author of the blog, PTSDSpirituality.com.

Graduate Student Publications

Shaun Blanchard, “‘Proto-Ecumenical’ Catholic Reform in Eighteenth Century Italy: Lodovico Muratori as a Forerunner of Vatican II,” Pro Ecclesia 25 (Winter 2016): 71-90.

Mary Carlson. 2016. “Can the Church Be a Virtuous Hearer of Women?”. Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 32 (1). [Indiana University Press, FSR, Inc]: 21–36. doi:10.2979/jfemistudreli.32.1.03.

Nicholas A. Elder, “On Transcription and Oral Transmission in Aseneth: A Study of the Narrative’s Conception,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 47.1: 119–142; “Of Porcine and Polluted Spirits: Reading the Gerasene Demoniac (Mark 5.1–20) with the Book of Watchers (1 Enoch 1–36),” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 78.2: 430–446; Nicholas A. Elder, “New Testament Media Criticism,” Currents in Biblical Research 14.3.

Alexandre A. Martins, “Immigration and Vulnerable Bodies: Migrants and Health Risks in Brazil” in Living With(out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics on the Migrations of Peoples: ed. Agnes M. Brazal and María Teresa Dávial (Marykroll: Orbis Books, 2016), 91-100; "Zika Virus and Other Mosquito-Borne Virus: The Failure of Modern Healthcare," Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, February 1, 2016. Available at: http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/zika-virus-and-other-mosquito-borne-virus-the-failure-of-modern-healthcare;“Camilliani in Bolivia e Salute Globale Dal Basso” in Camilliani-Camillians 3/4 (2015):170-181.

Hans Moscicke, “The Theological Presuppositions of Ancient Christian Exegesis: G. K. Beale and Henri de Lubac in Conversation," published in The Journal of Theological Interpretation 10.1 (2016): 125–43.

Patrick O'Kernick, "The Catholic Church as a Cultivator of Conscience: Toward Empowering Students to be Agents of the Maturation and Formation of their Consciences," Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal: Vol. 4: No. 2, Article 31 (2015).
Available at: http://epublications.regis.edu/jhe/vol4/iss2/31.

Matthew S. C. Olver, “A Note on the Silent Canon in the Missal of Paul VI and Cardinal Ratzinger,” Antiphon, 20.1 (2016), 40-51.

Caroline Redick, "'Let Me Hear Your Voice': Re-hearing the Song of Songs through Pentecostal Hermeneutics," Journal of Pentecostal Theology 24.2 ​(2015): 187-200.

Eugene R. Schlesinger, “Trinity, Incarnation and Time: A Restatement of the Doctrine of God in Conversation with Robert Jenson,” Scottish Journal of Theology 69, no. 2 (2016): 188–202.

Accepted for Publication

Paul Pasquesi's paper from the last XVII International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, 2015 has been accepted for publication with Studia Patristica. It is among several accepted articles that will go into special volumes that are expected to be ready for publication for 2017.

Graduate Student Presentations

Shaun Blanchard, “Saved Through the Church? Jacques Dupuis and Gavin D’Costa in Dialogue,” paper presented at the Engaging Particularities conference, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 4 April 2016; “The Ghost of Pistoia: Remembering and Forgetting Auctorem Fidei in the Debate over Episcopal Collegiality at Vatican II,” paper presented at the Regional AAR/SBL conference, Luther College, St. Paul, MN, 1 April 2016; “Vatican II: Before, During, and After,” talk given at Mustard Seed, the Postgraduate Catholic Society of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 18 February, 2016.

Nicholas A. Elder, “Receptions of the gospel and the Gospels in Early Christian Memory” at the 2016 Society of Biblical Literature Upper Midwest Conference; “'Sin Deceived Me’: Eve’s Tragic Speech-in-Character in Romans 7.7–25" at the 2016 Society of Biblical Literature Midwest Conference; “On Transcription and Oral Transmission in Aseneth: A Study of the Narrative’s Conception” at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature; “The Media Matrix of Mark and Matthew” at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Alexandre Martins, “The Leftist Political Parties in Light of Simone Weil’s Criticism” in The 36th Annual American Weil Society Colloquy: “Hope in Exile,” (New Orleans, LA), April 16, 2016; “John’s Gospel and The Ethics of Freedom and Love” in 2nd Annual Marquette Scripture Project Conference: Biblical Ethics in the 21st Century (Milwaukee, USA), April 9, 2016.

Hans Moscicke, presented a paper at the SBL Midwest Annual Meeting in February, called Eschatological Day of Atonement in Mark 5: A Reading of Mark 5:1–20 in Light of the Yom Kippur Tradition, and he presented a paper at the SBL Upper Midwest Annual Meeting in April, called Eusebius of Caesarea’s “Fall Narrative” in Demonstratio Evangelica 4.6–10: Demonic Removal of Angelic National Boundaries.

Eugene R. Schlesinger, “Sacrifice as Communion in the Theology of Augustine of Hippo” (paper presented at the Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 1–2, 2016); “Sæcula Sæculorum: Church and World in Gaudium et Spes” (paper presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, November 21-24, 2015); “Closing the Gaps: Divine Missions and Divine Immutability” (paper presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, November 21-24, 2015).

Alumni Publications

Scott A. Celsor, Ph.D. (2010), Word and faith in the formation of christian personhood coram Deo: Gerhard Ebeling's rejection of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. New York: Peter Lang, 2016.

Prof. Elizabeth A. Dreyer, Ph.D. (1982), Retrieving Women’s Voices in the Christian Theological Tradition: Four Doctors of the Church (NowYouKnowMedia) 

Joseph Flipper, Ph.D. (2013), “The Beautiful Game: Soccer's Theological Virtues,” Commonweal, March 12, 2016. https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/beautiful-game

Alumna Elected President of CTS

Shannon Schrein, Ph.D. (1995) has been elected President of the College Theology Society (2016-2018).

Alumni News

Anthony Briggman, Ph.D. (2009), Assistant Professor of the History of Early Christianity at Emory Chandler School of Theology, teaches in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion and Department of Religion. Briggman received the 2016 Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Graduate Education/Instruction. - See more at: http://candler.emory.edu/news/releases/2016/02/briggman-wins-crystal-apple-award.html

Paul Monson, M.A. (2009) has been hired as Assistant Professor of Church History at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. He will assume this position starting in the fall 2016.

David A. Zampino, Sr., M.A. (2003) was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by the Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Milwaukee, WI, April 15, 2016.

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Faculty Awards

Graduate Student Awards

Undergraduate Awards

Graduate Student Placements

Congratulations May Graduates

Faculty Members Promoted to Emeritus Status

Faculty Publications

Faculty Activities

Graduate Student Publications

Graduate Student Presentations

Alumni Publications

Alumna Elected President of CTS

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