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Theology and Pastoral Ministry

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Theology and Pastoral Ministry
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Assistant Professor - Theology & Pastoral Ministry
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Adjunct Faculty, Theology
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Adjunct Faculty, Theology
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Elizabeth Sweeny Block, Ph.D. (cand) is finishing her doctoral dissertation in Religious Ethics at the University of Chicago entitled, “The Virtue of Conscience: Reclaiming the Significance of Freedom of Conscience for the Formation of Moral Identity.” She earned a Master of Theological Studies from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Psychology from Georgetown University. Her research interests include twentieth century Roman Catholic moral theology, conscience, and the development and integration of moral identity.

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Adjunct Faculty
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Theology and Pastoral Ministry
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Fine Arts 304
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Anthony Suárez-Abraham (cand) is a Cuban-American from Miami, Florida. He is a doctoral candidate in Systematic Theology at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, completing his dissertation on latitudinal eschatologies under the direction of Brazilian theologian, Vítor Westhelle, Ph.D. He is a Lecturer at the Catholic Theological Union. In addition to his appointment to the Advisory Board of the Sienna Center at Dominican University, he is on the Board of Directors of L'ARCHE Chicago.

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Instructor - Theology & Pastoral Ministry
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Theology and Pastoral Ministry
Office & Location:
Fine Arts 303
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(708) 524-6775
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Clodagh Weldon, originally from Blackpool in the north of England, earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology at the University of Oxford, and has been at Dominican since 2000. She is the recipient of Dominican University’s 2005 Mother Evelyn Murphy Excellence in Teaching Award, and is featured as a case study of highly effective undergraduate teaching in Barbara Walvoord’s Teaching and Learning in College Introductory Religion Courses (Blackwell, 2008). She has taught in many programs for the Archdiocese of Chicago, including the Chicago Catholic Scripture School and Essential Catholicism for Thinking Adults and serves on the School Advisory Council at St. Alexander School in Palos Heights. Weldon is the author of Fr. Victor White OP: The Story of Jung’s White Raven (University of Scranton Press, 2007) and co-editor of Teaching Jung (Oxford University Press, 2011). She was a Visiting Research Scholar at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford in 2010.

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Professor - Theology & Pastoral Ministry; Co-director Honors Program; Director Oxford Study Abroad

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DPhil, Theology, University of Oxford
MA, Theology, University of Oxford
BA (Honors), Theology, University of Oxford

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  • Foundations of Faith and Family in Scripture (Graduate)
  • Senior Seminar: The Pursuit of Happiness
  • Freshman Honors Seminar: The Undiscovered Self
  • Freshman Honors Seminar: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt? 
  • The Gospel According to Mel
  • Psychology, Religion & Theology
  • Freud, Jung and Religion
  • History of Christianity II: Reformation to the Present
  • The Church: Theological Perspectives and Challenges
  • Early Christian Origins
  • Prophets and Wisdom
  • The Gospels (Honors)
  • The Gospels
  • Understanding the Bible
  • Intermediate New Testament Greek
  • Introduction to New Testament Greek

 

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Katherine Heskin has served as adjunct faculty for the doctor of ministry program at St. Mary of the Lake and formator at that institution's Mundelein Seminary. She is the founder and director of Dominican University's bachelor-level Pastoral Ministry Program. In that capacity she serves on many commissions throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago, including Advisory Boards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry and for the Office for Catechesis, which together certify lay ecclesial ministers in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is also the founder and director of the Master’s in Leadership for Family Ministry and Faith Development at Dominican, a unique three-year program that combines on-campus and online education. Author of Marriage: A Spiritual Journey (Twenty-Third Publications, 2002), she is a frequent speaker at church-related events around North America, particularly within her scholarly specialties of marriage, ministry and spirituality, including Native American spirituality. In July 2003 she keynoted the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Convention. She has been married for 42 years and has three married sons and four grandchildren. Her undergraduate degree was completed at Rosary College in political science and her Master of Divinity degree is from Loyola University Chicago's Institute for Pastoral Studies. Kathy holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake.

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Professor - Theology & Pastoral Ministry; Discipline Director Pastoral Ministry
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Rosary College of Arts and Sciences
Theology and Pastoral Ministry
Office & Location:
Library Link 100E
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(708) 524-6816
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Jeffrey Carlson has been Dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Theology at Dominican University since 2002. Previously, he served as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at DePaul University. At Dominican he works with faculty, staff and students to enhance the quality of more than 40 undergraduate majors, as well as the university’s undergraduate Core Curriculum, Honors Program, Academic Advising, Study Abroad and Service Learning. He received a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from DePaul University and a master’s in divinity and a PhD in Christian theology and the history of religions from the University of Chicago. He is a trustee of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area, and trustee emeritus, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. He is co-editor of Jesus and Faith: A Conversation on the Work of John Dominic Crossan, and author of numerous articles in Christian theology, interreligious dialogue and the teaching of religion.  He writes an occasional blog about Dominican.

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Dean - RCAS; Professor - Theology & Pastoral Ministry
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Theology and Pastoral Ministry
Office & Location:
Fine Arts 300
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(708) 524-6651
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Richard Woods, OP, was Dominican University’s Lund-Gill Chair for 2009-2010, the first time this prestigious honor was accorded a faculty member and not an outside scholar. Born and reared in New Mexico, he pursued undergraduate studies in Washington, D.C., New Mexico and Iowa before becoming a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), a 13th-century Roman Catholic community of priests, brothers, sisters and lay men and women. He holds a PhD in the philosophy of religion (Loyola University Chicago, 1978), MAs in systematic theology and scholastic philosophy, and the STM (Master of Sacred Theology) from the Dominican Order.  From 1971 to 1997, he taught on the graduate faculty at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, taught undergraduate theology and philosophy, and was an adjunct associate professor in the department of psychiatry at Loyola University Medical School since 1981. From 1991-99, he was also lecturer and tutor at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University and acquired the Aquinas lectureship at Emory University in 1999. In addition to work in medieval and contemporary spirituality, he continues research in contemporary religious experience.  He has written 11 non-fiction books, edited three anthologies in religious studies, published one novel, Epiphanius Tighe and the Dragon of East South Water Street, co-authored another (A Diversity of Dragons) with Anne McCaffrey, and published three novelettes. He is working on two new books, and has authored articles in spirituality, theology, sexuality and Celtic studies. His most recent book, Wellness: Life, Health and Spirituality, was published in 2008 by Veritas Publications in Dublin, Ireland.

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Professor - Theology & Pastoral Ministry

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PhD, Philosophy of Religion, Loyola University of Chicago
MA, Theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology
MA, Philosophy, Summa cum Laude, Aquinas Institute of Philosophy
BA, PhL, Aquinas Institute of Philosophy

Courses

  • Art of Contemplation
  • The Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature
  • Celtic Spirituality
  • Christian Church History: Origins to the Reformation
  • Christian Faith and Belief
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Dominican Saints and Mystics
  • Ecology and Theology
  • Globalization & Civilization
  • Great Christian Thinkers: Aquinas
  • Great Women Mystics
  • Health and Healing: Theological and Spiritual Dimensions
  • Humanism and Terrorism: Virtues and Values
  • Introduction to New Testament Greek
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Jesus the Christ
  • Utopia and Dystopia: Work, Technology & Leisure
  • Violence, Religion & the Hope of Peace

 

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Theology and Pastoral Ministry
Office & Location:
Fine Arts 305
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(708) 524-6660
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Hugh T. McElwain holds a doctorate from the Marianum Pontifical Faculty, Collegio Sant'Alessio, Rome, Italy. He served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Dominican from 1994 to 2002. He was professor of systematic theology and academic dean of Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, and a member of the Institute for Religion and Science, from 1968 to 1972. He has lectured extensively on theology and science, especially in reference to the scientific phenomenology of Teilhard de Chardin. He presented a paper, “Comparing Teilhard de Chardin's The Human Phenomenon with John Stewart's Evolution's Arrow,” at the 2005 Conference “Discovering Fire,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of Teilhard's death. His paper, “A Metaphysics of the Future: Science and Theology, Partners in Dialogue,” was presented at the 2006 Metanexus Conference in Philadelphia. Among his other publications are several books, including An Introduction to Teilhard de Chardin, St. Augustine's Doctrine on the Just War, Theology of Limit and the Limits of Theology, as well as a chapter in Earth Ethics' Report. He is the recipient of Dominican University’s 1995 Mother Evelyn Murphy Excellence in Teaching Award. He recently published a chapter (Teilhard and John Stewart: A Metaphysics of the Future) in Rediscovering Teilhard's Fire (ed. By Kathleen Duffey, S.S.J.). Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University Press, 2010.

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Professor - Theology & Pastoral Ministry

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MA, St. Alexis International College, “Marianum” Pontifical Institute, Rome, Italy
MDiv, St. Alexis International College, “Marianum” Pontifical Institute, Rome, Italy
STD, St. Alexis International College, “Marianum” Pontifical Institute, Rome, Italy

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  • Eastern Religious Traditions
  • Western Religious Traditions: People of the Book
  • Mysticism in the Religions of the World
  • Religious Traditions: Non-Violence and the Just War
  • Theology of Evolution: Nature as Text and the Text of Revelation
  • Health-Care Ethics
  • The Mystery of Evil in Religion and Literature
  • Virtues and Values: Persona & Professional Ethics
  • Diversity, Culture and Community: Intolerance and Conflict

 

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