News From the Chair - October 2014

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 Members

With the start of the fall semester the Theology Department welcomed its newest members, Fr. Lúcás Chan, S.J. and Dr. Michael Cover.

Fr. Lucas Chan S.J.Rev. Lúcás (Yiu Sing Luke) Chan, S.J., is a Hong Kong Chinese Jesuit priest and theological ethicist. Prior to joining Marquette University, he taught in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (a graduate school of Santa Clara University), and Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. Fr. Chan has served, studied, and received his training in various parts of the world, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Britain, Ireland, Cambodia, Macau, the Philippines, United States, Italy, and Germany.

Dr. Michael CoverDr. Michael Cover received his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. His research centers on Paul the Apostle and his early Jewish and philosophical contexts, with a particular interest in Philo of Alexandria. Prior to coming to Marquette, he taught at Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, and was for the last year a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow at Valparaiso University. Dr. Cover is a priest in the Episcopal Church and has served several parishes in the Diocese of Northern Indiana.

Five-Year Funding for New Ph.D. Students

The Theology Department is in the process of implementing an Action Plan that was approved by the Provost and Dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences in May. The plan calls for five-year funding (stipend and tuition) for Ph.D. students admitted for 2015-16. Spread the word.

The plan also envisions the development of a third pilot initiative for THEO 1001, revision of the second level core courses, and a revitalization of the major.

Come Visit us in Our New Offices in Marquette Hall

Theology faculty have settled into their new offices located on the third floor of Marquette Hall. For a complete listing visit

Dr. Mattox shows off his new office to Fr. KurzFr. Kurz and Dr. Mattox

Faculty Award

Dr. Patrick Carey was among 15 individuals who received a Vatican II Award from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for outstanding contributions to the Church and society. A prayer service and award ceremony took place at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee September 23, 2014. The Vatican II awards were established in 1991 to honor men, women and young adults who exemplify the Catholic Church’s vision set forth in the Second Vatican Council.

Faculty Publications

Rev. Robert Doran, S.J., published "The Theological Virtues and Participation in Active and Passive Spiration," in Lonergan Workshop, vol. 25, pp. 85-93 (August 2014).

Dr. Jame Schaefer published “Collaboration for a Shared Purpose,” thematic review of B. A. Minteer’s Refounding Environmental Ethics: Pragmatism, Principle, and Practice (Temple University Press, 2012), L. F. Johnston’s Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment (Equinox, 2013), and Sacred Species and Sites: Advances in Biocultural Conservation, ed. G. Pungetti, G. Oviedo, and D. Hooke (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Conservation Biology 28.4 (2014): 1132-34; “A Nation Called to Intergenerational Justice: Comments on Nuclear Generated Electricity,” Discipleship and Sustainability Interest Group, Catholic Theological Society of America, May 2014; and, review of J. Stolow (ed.), Deus in Machina: Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between (Fordham University Press, 2012), Journal of Media and Religion 13.2 (2014): 117-19.

Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, published “Unity at the Table,” in Speaking the Truth in Love: The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2014), 189-202.

Faculty Activities

Rev. Robert Doran, S.J., presented "The Trinity In History: First Steps beyond Volume 1," at Lonergan Workshop, Boston College, June 18, 2014.

Dr. Irfan Omar was one of two theology experts invited to Duquesne University by the Christian-Muslim Dialogue Committee (CMDC) to discuss who Jesus is to Muslims and who Muhammad is to Christians for CMDC’s 2014 Symposium on Interreligious Dialogue. The event took place Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

Dr. Jame Schaefer presented “Reforming Theological Anthropology for an Ecologically Endangered Age,” Keynote Lecture, Annual Faculties Convocation, Washington Theological Consortium, Catholic University of America, September 29; “Foundations in Islam and Other World Religions for Addressing Ecological Concerns,” Lecture Series Inaugural, Institute for Islam and the Sciences, Virginia International University, Fairfax VA, September 29; “A Nation Called to Intergenerational Justice,” Discipleship and Sustainability Interest Group, Catholic Theological Society of America Convention, San Diego, June 6; and “Integrating Ecological Sustainability into Curricula of Catholic Colleges and Universities,” College and University Partners Teleconference, Catholic Climate Coalition, April 28.

Dr. Susan Wood, SCL assumed the Presidency of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) at the end of its convention in San Diego, June 8, 2014. 

Dr. Wood presented: “Liturgical Ecclesiology,” Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium, Boston College, Boston, MA, September 6, 2014; “’Return to Your Baptism Daily’: Baptism and Christian Life,” The Ecumenical Luther, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN, August 11, 2014; “The Relationship Between Baptism and Christian Initiation,” International Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue, Bose, Italy, July 22, 2014; Response to plenary session, “Receptive Ecumenism in a North American Context: The Work of the Canadian Anglican-Catholic Dialogue,” Receptive Ecumenism III: Receptive Ecumenism in International Perspective, Contextual Ecclesial Learning, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, June 10, 2014.

Graduate Student Awards

Duane Loynes received the 2014-2015 Fellowship for Doctoral Students of African Descent from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). The fellowhip included a financial stipend, participation in the FTE Summit for Future Theological Educators, an FTE site visit with one or more FTE scholar-mentors, and participation in a network of support for students and scholars of color in theological education.

Graduate Student Publications

Alexandre Martins, "Health Justice: A Liberation Approach to Justice in Health Care" in Health Care Ethics USA  22/3 (summer, 2014): 1-14. Online at:; "Preferential Option for the Poor and Equity in Health" in Rivisita Camillianum 40 (2014): 31-48. Online at:; “Drogas: interpelações à Teologia Moral” in ÉTICA TEOLÓGICA E JUVENTUDES: interpelações recíprocas - diversidade sexual – drogas – violência – redes sociais virtuais. (Aparecida: Santuário 2013.)

Graduate Student Presentations

Mark Jennings, “Timothy and Epaphroditus: The ‘Ocular Proof’ of a Fellowship in the Gospel,” Presented at the Society of Biblical Literature New England and Eastern Canada Annual Regional Meeting, Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton, MA, April 25, 2014.

Graduate Student Placements

J.D. Atkins is now visiting professor of New Testament at Asian Theological Seminary.

Chris Samuel, who successfully defended his dissertation, “Heavenly Theologians: The Place of Angels in Martin Luther’s Theology," last April, has accepted a position as a teacher of Religion at Saint Anthony Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas. Saint Anthony’s is affiliated with the University of the Incarnate Word, also in San Antonio.

Alumni Publications

Kent J. Lasnoski, Vocation to Virtue: Christian Marriage as a Consecrated Life (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2014).

David J. Luy, Dominus Mortis: Martin Luther on the Incorruptibility of God in Christ (Minneapolis MN:Fortress Press, 2014).

M.A. in Christian Doctrine Referenced in Article by

Marquette University’s M.A. in Christian Doctrine is referenced in the article titled “The Top 20 Online Theology Master’s Degree Programs” by (See #18). Here is the link to that article: selected Marquette’s program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, accomplishment of faculty, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs. is a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree. Many schools in the United States reference their rankings including Auburn University, Boston University, Texas A&M University, Fordham University, and many more. 

Dr. Terry Rynne Book Signing and Presentation

The Center for Peacemaking hosted a presentation and book signing for Dr. Terry Rynne's new book Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace Thursday, October 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Office of International Education Program Center (Holthusen Hall 4th Floor). In his book Dr. Rynne offers a new theology of peace that renders the just war theory near mute by making Jesus and his teachings the cornerstone of both theory and practice. 


Welcome New Faculty

Five-Year Funding for New
Ph.D. Students

Visit Us in Our New Offices

Faculty Award

Faculty Publications

Faculty Activities

Graduate Student Awards

Graduate Student Publications

Graduate Student Presentations

Graduate Student Placements

Alumni Publications

M.A. in Christian Doctrine Referenced in article by

Dr. Terry Rynne Book Signing
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Doerr Chair Lecture
Rev. Robert Doran, S.J. will present "A New Project in Systematic Theology" Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Raynor Beaumier Suite B/C.

Why Bother With God?
Down-to-Earth Answers to Over-Your-Head Questions

Lecture Series Sponsored by a grant from the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund

Oct 21: Dr. Robert Masson "There is no Literal God-In-The-Heavens, But She Exists, is Black, and is Awesome!"

Nov 4: Dr. julian Hills "How to Operate Your Bible"

Nov 18: Dr. Deirdre Dempsey "Gallery Night With God"

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Raynor Library Beaumier Suites B/C

Marquette Scripture Project
Fall 2014 Discussion Series: Interpretation and Art

October 22, 10 AM–11 AM, AMU 380
Film and Interpretation: Tyler Stewart will lead us in a discussion of the recent film Noah and some of its interpretive decisions.

November 5, 10 AM–11 AM, AMU 157
Literature and Interpretation: Kyle Potter will lead us in a discussion/practice of reading Flannery O’Connor theologically.

November 19, 10 AM–11 AM, AMU 157
Modern Music and Interpretation: Nick Elder will lead us in a discussion/practice of hearing modern music theologically.

Academic Symposium to Focus on Civil Rights Movement
A Presidential Inquguration Academic Symposium will be held Monday, October 27 at 4 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Answering the Call: Marquette's Response to the Civil Rights Movement will tell the story of Marquette's response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the spring of 1968, the founding of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette in 1969 and how the university helped take the program nationwide with the founding of the Council for Opportunity in Education in 1981. More

Wade Chair Lecture
Rev. Dorian Llywelyn, S.J. will present "Our Father Jesus the Nazarene at the End of the World: Lessons from Popular Devotion" Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM in the Lunda Room, Alumni Memorial Union. This lecture is open to the public, but seating is limited.

For questions or special needs please contact Kim Newman at or (414) 288-7511.
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