News From the Chair - November 2015

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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Welcome New Faculty Member

Dr. Conor Kelly With the start of the fall semester the Theology Department welcomed its newest member. Conor Kelly, Ph.D., is a Catholic theological ethicist who works at the intersection of fundamental moral theology and applied ethics. In addition to ethical methodology, he specializes in sexual ethics, social ethics, and health care ethics. His research focuses on the process of moral discernment in ordinary life, on both the personal and social levels.

Faculty Awards

Dr. Ulrich L. Lehner received the degree Dr.phil.habil.” from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, in the field of History, June 9, 2015. He is the first recipient of this highest European post-doctoral degree at the CEU, which is accredited in the US and in Hungary. 

Marquette Presence at LEST X Conference in Belgium

LEST X Conference Photos L-R: Rev. Dr. Thomas Hughson, S.J., Rev. Dr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J.,
Dr. Robert Masson, Rev. Dr. Philip Rossi, S.J., Alexandre Martins

Members of the Theology Department presented at the LEST X Conference in Leuven, Belgium that took place October 26-29, 2015.

Plenary Addresses: Emeritus Professor Rev. Dr. Thomas Hughson, S.J., “Intertextual Reception: Re-thinking the Concept of Revelation in Light of Divine Immanence and the Dignity of the Person and the Cosmos,”
and Wade Chair Rev. Dr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J., “Did the Counncil Really Empower the People of God? The Wall of Separation between Apostolicam Actuositatem and Presbyterorum Ordinis.”

Faculty presentations: Rev. Dr. Philip Rossi, S.J., “Vatican II on the Inculturation of Reason and Faith: ‘That the philosophical and theological disciplines be more suitably aligned…’” and Dr. Robert Masson, “Vatican II’s Dogmatic Prompts for a Pluralist Christology: The Inadequacy of Letter and Spirit for Framing Council's Legacy.”

Graduate student presentation: Alexandre Martins, “Vatican II and Its Two Moral Faces: The Old Procreation and The New Conscience.”

Faculty Publications

Rev. Robert M. Doran, S.J., published 'Social Grace and the Mission of the Church,' in A Realist's Church: Essays in Honor of Joseph A. Komonchak​, ed. Christopher D. Denny, Patrick J. Hayes, and Nicholas K. Rademacher (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015) 169-84.

Dr. Conor Kelly, "Depth in an Age of Digital Distraction: The Value of a Catholic College in Today's World," Journal of Catholic Higher Education 34, no. 2 (Summer 2015): 113-133.

Dr. Daniel Maguire, published in “Pope Francis’ Appeal for the Future: Laudato Si”; “How Zionism Corrupts Judaism,” in, July 2015.; Published in Religion Dispatches, “How Deifying Pope Francis Obscures Where He is So So Right, So So Wrong.” University Press Audiobooks has produced an audio version of his book Christianity Without God: Moving Beyond the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic Moral Narrative, to be marketed at Amazon,, and iTunes. 

Dr. Robert Masson, "Are Aquinas and Whitehead Metaphorical and Analogical All the Way Down?" Open Theology 1, no. 1 (2015): 524-37.

Dr. Mickey Mattox, “Eve in Early Reformation Exegesis: The Case of Iohannes Oecolampadius.” Reformation & Renaissance Review 17:2 (July, 2015): 196-205.

Dr. Joseph Ogbonnaya, "African Liberative Theologies," Miguel De La Torre, ed. Introducing Liberative Theologies (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2015), 26-46; Book Review: “Stan Chu Ilo, The Church and Development in Africa: Aid and Development from the Perspective of Catholic Social Ethics,” Toronto Journal of Theology 31.1 (2015), pp. 154-155.

Dr. Andrei Orlov, Воскрешение Ветхого Адама: Вознесение, преображение и обожение праведника в ранней иудейской мистике (Resurrection of the Fallen Adam: Ascension, Transfiguration, and Deification of the Righteous in Early Jewish Mysticism. Second Revised and Expanded Edition) (Symbol, 66; Moscow: Institute of St. Thomas, 2015). 

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J., “Peacemaking and Victory: Lessons from Kant’s Cosmopolitanism,” Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel.

Dr. Jame Schaefer, “Catholic Moral Traditions and Energy Ethics for the Twenty-First Century” in Journal of Moral Theology 5.2: 1-36, with Erin Lothes Biviano, David Cloutier, Elaine Padilla, and Christiana Peppard, online June 5 at; “O despertar da consciência: Laudato Si’,” Journal of Instituto Humanitas Unisinos, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos 469 (August 2015): 111-115 (also accessible at

Dr. Susan Wood, SCL  published “Vinculum Caritatis: Bond of Love,” Emmanuel 121/6 (November/December 2015) 368-378. The Declaration on the Way, an ecumenical document harvesting 50 years of dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics on the topics of church, ministry, and Eucharist, became public October 30, 2015. Dr. Susan K. Wood, SCL was a co-author of the document along with five other scholars including Rev. Brian Daley, S.J., Rev. Jared Wicks, S.J., and the Lutherans Dr. Kathryn Johnson, Rev. Joy Schroeder, and Rev. William Rusch (resigned June 3, 2015). Bishop Dennis Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, and Presiding Bishop Emeritus Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America chaired the task force sponsored by the USCCB and ELCA.

Faculty Activities

Dr. Conor Kelly presented a paper at the CTSA in June: "Pharmaceutical Development and Structural Sin: Diagnosing and Confronting Global Healthcare Disparities."

Dr. Ulrich Lehner gave a lecture on “Monastic Prisons” for the Historical Society of Straubing on June 12, 2015 and and a lecture on “Demons, Devils and the Divine” at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary on June 8, 2015.

Dr. Daniel Maguire spoke at the Medical College of Wisconsin on “Reproductive Ethics in World Religions,” Sept. 18, 2015; spoke on Forum on Women in the Catholic Church at Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, July 25, 2015; was interviewed by Samuel Freedman and then quoted in the New York Times article: “Push Within Religions for Gay Marriage Gets Little Attention.; published letter in New York Times on Catholic Church and Annulments, Sept. 11, 2015; spoke at First Unitarian Church, Sept. 27, 2015 on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.

Dr. Robert Masson, “Vatican II’s Dogmatic Prompts for a Pluralist Christology: The Inadequacy of Letter and Spirit for Framing Council's Legacy” at LEST X conference in Leuven, Belgium, Nov. 27, 2015.

Dr. Mickey L. Mattox Hosted a meeting of the Milwaukee Area Martin Luther Working Group, featuring a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Mumme (Concordia University, Mequon) and a discussion of his new book, Die Präsenz Christi im Amt (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, REFO500 series, 2015), a study of the doctrine of the ministry in the elder Luther’s sermons. The Working Group meets regularly to foster new research and publication on Luther. Its work reflects the Theology department’s continuing commitment to Luther Studies in a Catholic Context.

Dr. Andrei Orlov, “A Farewell to the Merkavah Tradition,” The Eighth Enoch Seminar: Apocalypticism and Mysticism, Milan, Villa Cagnola, Italy, June, 22, 2015.

Dr. Marcus Plested presented keynote lecture "Reconfiguring East and West in Byzantine and Modern Orthodox Theology" at the "Never the Twain Shall Meet: Latins and Greeks Learning from each other in Byzantium" conference at Stockholm University, June 24, 2015; He gave two public lectures and a research seminar in Moscow (Russia) under the auspices of the Templeton Foundation’s ‘Religion, Science and Society’ program hosted by the Postgraduate School of the Russian Orthodox Church, October 8-12, 2015. The opening lecture took place at Moscow University’s St Tatiana Church (next to the Kremlin) on the theme ‘East and West in Byzantine and Modern Orthodox Theology’.

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J. presented “The Crooked Wood of Human History: The Ethical Commonwealth and the Persistence of Evil,” XII International Kant Congress, Vienna, Austria, September 2015; “The Persistence of Evil in History: An Unfinished Kantian Agenda,” Conference on “The Argument from Evil in Analytic Philosophy: Prospects and Limits,” Sankt Georgen Graduate School for Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt/Main, September 2015; “Vatican II on the Inculturation of Reason and Faith: ‘That the philosophical and theological disciplines be more suitably aligned…’” at LEST X conference in Leuven, Belgium, Nov. 27, 2015.

Dr. Jame Schaefer co-organized and moderated selected symposium on Exploring Outcomes of Interacting Religious, Spiritual, and Biological Conservation Communities, presented “Sacramental Motivation for Restoring and Conserving Prairies, Woodlands, and Lakes in Midwestern USA,” and conducted selected workshop “Addressing Conservation Biology Issues from Ethical Perspectives–Secular and Religious,” International Congress for Conservation Biology, Montpellier, France, August 4; presented “Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: What Catholics Should Know about the First Encyclical Dedicated to the Human-Earth Relationship,” Church of the Gesu, Milwaukee, August 13; presented “Spirituality, Religions, and the Ecological Crisis,” Milwaukee County Wellness Council, August 20; presented “Pope Francis’ Appeal to All People: Care for Earth--Our Common Home,” St. John’s on the Lake, Milwaukee, August 21; presented “Theological Rationale for Pope Francis’ Teachings in Laudato Si’,” Keynote of Greenfaith Webinar moderated by Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J., National Catholic Reporter, September 3; presented “Preparing to Read Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home,” Burke Scholars Seminar, Marquette University, September 14; presented “Ethical Implications for Catholics in Laudato Si,” Symposium on Sustaining Earth: Insights from Science and Religion, co-sponsored by The McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne College and the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, September 16; presented “Pope Francis’ Appeals in Laudato Si’, the U.S. Congress, and the U.N. General Assembly: Moral Implications for Catholics,” Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Cathedral of  St. John the Evangelist, September 29; organized and moderated “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home“ and presented “Theological and Ethical Perspectives” sponsored by Raynor Libraries, co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry and the College of Arts and Sciences, Marquette University, October 6; presented "Discerning from Laudato Si’ Policy Initiatives for Wisconsin Bishops,” Policy Group of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference of Bishops, Madison, October 8; presented “Pope Francis’ Realistic, Reflective, Respectful, and Responsible Approach to Addressing Ecological Degradation,” Yale University Forum on Religion and Ecology Session, Parliament of the World Religions. Salt Lake City, October 17.

Dr. Susan Wood, SCL presented the presidential plenary address at the CTSA June convention: “The Sensus Fidelium: Discerning the Path of Faith, “Milwaukee, June 14, 2015; “The Future of Ecumenism: A Perspective from the United States,” at the University of Tuebingen, June, 25, 2015; “Ecumenism and the Phenomenon of Ecclesial Fragmentation:  Insights from Lonergan,” Lonergan on the Edge Conference, Marquette University, September 12, 2015; “The Ecumenical Movement Today,” St. Luke Church, Chicago, September 19, 2015; and presented “Ecclesiological Issues in the Catholic/Lutheran Dialogue: The Recognition of Lutheran Communities as Churches,” Centro Pro Unione, Rome, Italy, November 12, 2015.

Graduate Student Awards

Shaun Blanchard received a Charles M. Ross Trust Scholarship for 2014-2015.

Graduate Student Publications

D. Glenn Butner, Jr. "Communion with God: An Energetic Defense of Gregory Palamas." Modern Theology. Early view published online. DOI 10.1111/moth.12222​; “For and Against de Régnon: Trinitarianism East and West.” International Journal of Systematic Theology. Vol. 17.4 (Oct. 2015): 399-412.

Jonathan Heaps, “A Supernatural Nowhere: How Radical Orthodoxy And Lonergan Studies Have Failed to Get Along (And Why They Should),” in Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics, Vol. 3, Number 1 (September 2015): 52-67.

Alexandre Martins, "O Evangelho de João e a Esperança: Por Uma Ética da Liberdade e do Amor" in: Teologia Moral: Fundamentos, Desafios, Perspectivas edited by Leo Pessini & Ronaldo Zacharias (Aparecida: Santuário, 2015), 107-144; "Natalidade"  in Dicionário do Concílo Vaticano II edited by  João Décio Passos & Wagner Lopez Sanchez (São Paulo: Paulus; Paulinas, 2015), 661-665; "Education, Dialogue, and Paulo Freire" The First (June 2015) available online at

Fr. Matthew S. C. Olver, had an article published in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Summer 2015, Vol. 50, n. 3 entitled "Contraception's Authority: An Anglican's Liturgical and Synodical Thought Experiment in Light of ARCUSA's 'Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment.'" The article is an expanded version of a paper he gave as a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the United States (ARCUSA), the official ecumenical dialogue between the Episcopal Church and the United States Conferences of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), of which he has been an appointed member since 2008. That dialogue published their agreed statement, "Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment" in April, 2014 (Origins, 43 no 47 May 01 2014, p 764-774).

Graduate Student Presentations

Shaun Blanchard presented "The Necessity of the Catholic Church for the Salvation of Non-Christians: An Investigation of Lumen Gentium ​16" at the Ecclesiological Investigations Conference at Georgetown, May 2015.

Andrew Harmon presented “Aspects of Moral Perfection in Ambrose’s De Officiis” at the Oxford Patristics Conference, Oxford, UK, August 10-14, 2015.

Ryan Hemmer presented the paper, “Mimetic Theory and Structural Violence: Addressing the Dialectic of Community” at the 2015 Colloquium on Violence and Religion, held at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, July 10, 2015; he was a graduate fellow at the week-long Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual life, held at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, June 19-26, 2015.

Nathaniel Kidd presented "Secular Demonology and the Religious Imagination" at the Sacred Literature, Secular Religion conference Oct 1-3, 2015, at Le Moyne College, Syracuse NY; "Some Comments on the Would-be Science of Angels" at the Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, July 24-26, 2015, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa OK; "The Reception of Dionysian Angelology in Cabasilas and Aquinas" at the "Never the Twain Shall Meet: Latins and Greeks Learning from each other in Byzantium" conference at Stockholm University, June 25, 2015.

Chris Lilley, "Classical Theism and Divine Action: Challenges from an Evolving Cosmos," at the Biologos Evolution and Christian Faith Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, June 30-July 2, 2015.

Alexandre Martins was one of the keynote speakers of the 7th IACB (International Association of Catholic Bioethicists) International Colloquium, Montréal, Canada, June 25-July 2, 2015. As the Albrecht Von Boeselager Young Scholar he presented "Solidarity and Social Justice in Promoting Mental Health and Wellness Among Impoverished Young People," June 29, 2015. Video of his presentation is available online. He presented “Vatican II and Its Two Moral Faces: The Old Procreation and The New Conscience” at LEST X conference in Leuven, Belgium, Nov. 27, 2015.

Fr. Matthew S. C. Olver presented "The Priestly Angel: An Inquiry into the identity of the Angel in the Supplices te and the meaning of its Action," at the Congress of Societas Liturgica, Quebec City, August, 2015.

Tikhon Pino presented "Maximos the Confessor on the Body-Soul Relationship: Aristotelian Metaphysics as a Corrective to Origenist Anthropology" at the Oxford Patristics Conference (9-15 August); "Late Byzantine Thomism: Mark of Ephesos and Gennadios Scholarios on the Hylomorphic Body" at a conference called Never the Twain Shall Meet: Latins and Greeks Learning from Each Other in Byzantium (Stockholm University, 24-26 June).

Graduate Student Placements

Timothy Gabrielson has been offered, and accepted, the position of Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Sterling College, Sterling, KS, effective January 1, 2016.

Undergraduate Student Activities

Senior Anne Mosher, Theology Major (also Finance and Human Resources) represented the Center for Peacemaking on the White House Lawn to welcome Pope Francis and on the Congressional Lawn to hear his address before a joint session of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, September 23 and 24 respectively, Washington DC; presented “A Student’s Perspective” in Symposium on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home, sponsored by Raynor Libraries, co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry and the College of Arts and Sciences, Marquette University, October 6, 2015.

Alumni Appointments & News

David A. Zampino, Sr., M.T.S., M.A. was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Hying on September 14, 2015 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Delavan, WI

Alumni Publications

Martin C. Albl, Ph.D., Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology, Revised Edition (Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2015).

Jacob Shatzer, Ph.D., A Spreading and Abiding Hope: A Vision for Evangelical Theopolitics (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock, 2015). 


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Doerr Lecture 2016
Robert M. Doran, S.J., Emmett Doerr Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology, will present "Are There Two Consciousnesses in Christ? Transposing the Secondary Act pf Existence."
Date: March 10, 2016
Time 4:00 PM
Location: Raynor Libraries, Beaumier Suites B&C

Père Marquette Lecture in Theology 2016
Speaker: Professor Emeritus Larry Hurtado, University of Edinburg
Date: April 10, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
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