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Rev. Robert M. Doran, S.J., Ph.D.

Robert M. Doran
Rev. Robert M. Doran, S.J., Ph.D.Marquette University

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America

In Memoriam

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. Read the full obituary. 

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.

Direction of the Marquette Lonergam Project has been assumed by Dr. Joseph Ogbonnaya, associate professor of systematic theology. 

The Lonergan Project at Marquette University: An interview with Danielle Nussberger and Joseph Ogbonnaya

Robert M. Doran, S.J. (Ph.D., Marquette University, 1975), [Systematics], specialized in Catholic systematic theology and the philosophy and theology of Bernard Lonergan. The focus of his most recent research had to do with the theology of the divine missions, The Trinity in History. Two of three volumes have been published by University of Toronto Press: Missions and Processions (2012) and Missions, Relations, and Persons (2019). The third volume was underway to constitute a contemporary soteriology. He had worked on the integration of Lonergan's work with depth psychology and with René Girard's mimetic theory. He was the author of articles in a number of professional journals (e.g., Theological Studies, Irish Theological Quarterly, The Thomist, Journal of Religion, Communio, Toronto Journal of Theology, Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies), and of several other books, including from University of Toronto Press Theology and the Dialectics of History (1990/2001) and What Is Systematic Theology? (2005), and from Marquette University Press Subject and Psyche (1994) and Psychic Conversion and Theological Foundations (2006).

He was co-Founder and Director Emeritus of the Lonergan Research Institute, Toronto, and Director of the Marquette Lonergan Project. 

Courses Taught

  • Systematic Theology
  • Theological Method
  • The Thought of Bernard Lonergan


Recently published articles include:

The Starting Point of Systematic Theology, Theological Studies 67 (2006) 750-76; "Ignatian Themes in the Thought of Bernard Lonergan, Toronto Journal of Theology 22 (2006) 39-54; "Ignatian Themes in the Thought of Bernard Lonergan: Revisiting a Topic That Deserves Further Reflection," Lonergan Workshop 19 (6002) 83-106; "Addressing the "Four-Point Hypothesis," Theological Studies 68 (2007) 674-82; "Summarizing 'Imitating the 'Divine Relations: A Theological Contribution to Mimetic Theory,'" Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 14 (2007) 27-38; "Lonergan and Girard on Sacralization and Desacralization," Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 63 (2007) 1171-1210; "System Seeking Method: Reconciling System and History," in Il Teologo e la Storia: Lonergan's Centenary, ed. Natalino Spaccapelo and Paul Gilbert (Rome: Gregorian University, 2006) 275-99; "Empirical Consciousness in Insight: Is Our Conception Too Narrow?" in The Importance of Insight, ed. John  Liptay and David Liptay (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007) 49-63; "Being in Love with God: A Source of Analogies for Theological Understanding," Irish Theological Quarterly 73 (2008) 227-42; "Imitating the Divine Relations: A Theological Contribution to Mimetic Theory," forthcoming in Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies; "Discernment and Lonergan's Fourth Level of Consciousness," forthcoming in Gregorianum.

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