Welcome to Marquette University’s Department of Theology!


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Theology Bridging Traditions, Cultures and Disciplines

The Theology Department at Marquette University seeks to bridge traditions, cultures and disciplines from the perspective of a Catholic and Jesuit University rooted in its own tradition, but in dialogue with other Christian communities and religious faiths. The task of theology today is to bring a faith perspective grounded in the great tradition of the Gospel into dialogue with our contemporary world. This requires both a deep knowledge of the Gospel and the tradition that has thought deeply on that message as well as a keen awareness of the world in which we live.

Why Theology and Religion?

Explore Theology and Religion as a major, or as a double-major for health professionals, legal professionals, or social welfare and justice.

Learn more here or contact Dr. Conor Kelly, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Upcoming Event

The Theology Department will hold the annual Theotokos Lecture online March 4, 2021 at 4:00 PM. Our speaker is Dr. Natalie Carnes, Associate Professor of Theology at Baylor University. Dr. Carnes is a systematic theologian with interests in constructive theology, including patristic and feminist theology. This lecture is sure to be of broad interest. Carnes offers a feminist theological examination of the meanings to be found in imagery related to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially the icon "Our Lady of Ferguson,"​​​​​​​ which depicts the Mother of God and her Christ child as Black, and targeted. Carnes thus pioneers a Mariology that can serve as a resource in addressing the concerns of women and people of color alike, in the process discovering an image of the Virgin that can bless all and everyone.

To register for the event, click here

Questions? Contact: Mickey.mattox@mu.edu

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the Marquette community

In Memoriam
Robert Doran SJ

Marquette University mourns the loss of Rev. Robert (Bob) Doran, S.J., Ph.D., who passed away peacefully at the age of 81 on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Father Doran joined the Marquette community in 2006. He was the Emmet Doerr Chair in Theology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and was known widely for his research on the works of the Jesuit theologian and philosopher Bernard Lonergan.

Father Doran was general editor of The Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan (University of Toronto Press), a set of twenty-five volumes, the last of which was published in November 2019. He was also co-founder and director emeritus of the Lonergan Research Institute and served as the director of the Marquette Lonergan Project.

“With Father Doran’s passing, a great light has gone out,” said Rev. Ryan Duns, S.J., Ph.D., assistant department chair and assistant professor of theology. “The lives of his friends and colleagues will be a little less bright, a little less warm, a little less oriented without him. No thinker better embodied John the Baptist’s words: ‘He must increase, but I must decrease.’ Despite his towering intellect, Bob’s entire life pointed away from himself and toward the God revealed in history through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Although his friends and admirers are saddened by his passing, we take comfort in the hope that Bob now stands in the company of the Lord he served so well.”

Read the full obituary. A funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Gesu. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance is limited but a livestream of the funeral will be available online.

Please remember Father Doran, his family and friends in prayer.