From January 2005: Executive Director for the Secretariat of Doctrine and Pastoral Practices at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.
Born 12 January, 1946, Delphos, Ohio
Entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin 1966
Solemnly Professed 1970
Ordained to the priesthood 1972
B.A. in Philosophy – St. Fidelis College, Herman, Pennsylvania, 1969.
M.A. in Systematic Theology – Washington Theological Union, 1972.
Ph. D. in Historical Theology – King's College, University of London, 1975.
The Immutability and Impassibility of God in Reference to the Doctrine of the Incarnation. This was written under the supervision of E.L. Mascall and H.P. Owen.
Major Fields of Specialty
- History of Christology: especially Patristic, Medieval, and Contemporary.
- History of Trinitarian Theology: especially Patristic, Medieval, and Contemporary.
- History of Soteriology: especially Patristic, Medieval, and Contemporary.
- Philosophical notions of God: especially Ancient, Patristic, Medieval, Enlightenment, and Contemporary.
Past Academic Positions
Georgetown University: 1976-1980
Mount St. Mary's College (Emmitsburg, Maryland): 1980-1982
Franciscan University of Steubenville: 1982-1984
Loyola College (Baltimore, Maryland): 1984-1986
Greyfriars Hall, University of Oxford (England): 1991-2004
Positions within the University of Oxford:
- The Warden of Greyfriars: 1993-2004
- Tutor and Lecturer in History and Doctrine, Faculty of Theology: 1991-2004
- I was elected to a Special University Research Lectureship in Trinity Term: 2000
I was a member of the Board of the Faculty of Theology: 1994-2004
I was Chairman of the Faculty of Theology: 1997-1999
I was a member of the following committees within the Faculty of Theology:
- Finances and General Purposes Committee: 1994-2002
- The Committee for the Nomination of Examiners in Theology: 1999-2002
- The Committee for the Oxford Theological Exchange Program: 2001
- Member of the Westminster Validation Committee: 2002
I was a member of the Search Committee for the Leventus Lectureship in Patristics in 2003.
I was also on an Arbitration Board for settling of an employment dispute within the Theology Faculty Centre in 1993.
Advanced Study and Research
Scholarly Associations Memberships
- The Catholic Theological Society of America
- The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
- Catholic Theological Society of Great Britain
- The North American Patristics Society
- Association Internationale D'Etudes Patristiques
I was also a member of the Board for the Oxford Patristics Conference.
I am on the Editorial Board for the journal Nova et Vetera.
Does God Change? The Word's Becoming in the Incarnation (Petersham: St. Bede's Publications, 1985). This book has been translated into Romanian: Iisus Hristos – Dumnezeu întrupat (Cluj: Napoca Star, 2001).
In the Likeness of Sinful Flesh: An Essay on the Humanity of Christ (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1993).
The Father's Spirit of Sonship: Reconceiving the Trinity (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1995).
Does God Suffer? (Edinburgh: T & T Clark and University of Notre Dame Press, 2000). This book has also been translated into Polish.
The Lord Jesus Christ: An Introduction to Christology and Soteriology (Birmingham: Maryvale Institute, 2000).
The Theology of Cyril of Alexandria: A Critical Appreciation (ed. with Daniel A. Keating), (London: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2003). In this volume I contributed an essay entitled: 'Cyril and the Mystery of the Incarnation'.
Jesus the Christ (Hunington IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2003).
Aquinas on Doctrine: A Critical Introduction, (edited with Daniel A. Keating and John Yocum), (London: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2004). In this volume I contributed an essay entitled: 'Aquinas: God IS Man: The Marvel of the Incarnation'.
Aquinas on Scripture: An Introduction to his Biblical Commentaries. (edited with Daniel A. Keating and John Yocum), (London T&T Clark/Continuum, 2005). In this volume I contributed an essay entitled: ‘The Supremacy of Christ in the Letter to the Hebrews’.
Athanasius: A Theological Introduction (London: Ashgate, forthcoming 2007).
'Aquinas and the Incarnational Act: "Become" as a Mixed Relation,' Doctor Communis, 32 (1979) 15-31.
'Spirituality and the Sacramental Life of the Church,' Proceedings of the Ninth Convention of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, ed. P. Williams, (Pittston, Pennsylvania: Northeast Books, 1987), pp. 17-27.
'The Renewal of the Church: Toward the 21st Century,' Proceedings of the Tenth Convention of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, ed. P. Williams, (Pittston, Pennsylvania: Northeast Books, 1988), pp. 219-231. This article was also published in The Battle for the Catholic Mind, eds. W.E. May & K.D. Whitehead (South Bend: St. Augustine's Press, 2001), pp. 379-94.
'Campus Ministry and Catholic Higher Education,' Proceedings of the Eleventh Convention of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, ed. P. Williams, (Pittston Pennsylvania: Northeast Books, 1989), pp. 123-125.
'The Christian Meaning of Human Suffering,' Epiphany, 13/3 (1993) 30-37.
'Conversion and Reconciliation: The Task of the Church,' Epiphany, 13/4 (1993) 70-77.
'The Immanent and the Economic Trinity,' The Thomist, 57 (1993) 655-666.
'Maurice Wiles and Christian Doctrine,' New Blackfriars, 75 (1994) 166-170.
'The Case For Spirit Christology: Some Reflections,' The Thomist, 59 (1995) 173-88.
'Gnosticism and Contemporary Soteriology: Some Reflections,' New Blackfriars, 76 (1995) 546-554.
'The Soul/Body Analogy and the Incarnation: Cyril of Alexandria,' Coptic Church Review, 17/3 (1996) 59-66.
'Clarifying the 'Filioque': The Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue,' Communio, 23/2 (1996) 354-367.
'The Human 'I' of Jesus,' The Irish Theological Quarterly, 62/4 (1996/97) 259-268.
'Fides et Ratio: A Reply to John Webster,' New Blackfriars, 81(2000) 225-235.
'The Cosmic Christ,' The Cord, 51(2001) 27-38.
'The Symbolic Theology of Roger Haight,' The Thomist, 65/1(2001)121-136.
'Origen and the Suffering of God,' Studia Patristica, Vol. 36 (Leuven: Peeters, 2001), pp. 456-460.
'John Paul II and His Teaching on the Trinity,' in The Wisdom of John Paul II (London: Catholic Truth Society, 2001), pp. 8-22,
'Faith and Reason in the Teaching of John Paul II,' in The Wisdom of John Paul II (London: Catholic Truth Society, 2001), pp. 87-100.
'Does God Suffer?,' First Things, Nov. 2001, Num. 117, pp. 35-41.
'Doing Christian Systematic Theology: Faith, Problems, and Mysteries' Logos,: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 5/1(2002)120-138.
'Does God Suffer?' in the electronic journal Ars Disputandi, Spring 2002.
'Zizioulas: The Trinity and Ecumenism,' New Blackfriars, 83 (2002) 407-415.
I authored 11 entries on various attributes of God in the revised New Catholic Encyclopaedia (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press, 2002).
'Easter Saturday and the Suffering of God: The Theology of Alan E. Lewis,' International Journal of Systematic Theology, 5/1 (2003) 62-76.
'Huckleberry Finn and the Adventures of God,' Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 6/1 (2003) 41-62.
'Irenaeus and the Imago Dei: The Importance of Being Human,' Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 6/4(2003) 15-34.
‘Christology: Some Contemporary Issues,’ Priests and People, 17/12(2003) 460-64.
‘Jesus Filial Vision of the Father,’ Pro Ecclesia, 13/2(2004)189-201.
‘Of Men and Angels,’ Nova et Vetera, 3/2(2005)195-306.
‘Faith and Reason: John Paul and Aquinas,’ Nova et Vetera, 3/3(2005)603-13. This article was subsequently published in John Paul II & St. Thomas Aquinas, eds. M. Dauphinais and M. Levering (Naples: Sapientia Press, 2006), pp. 175-185.
‘The Apostolic Christology of Ignatius of Antioch: The Road to Chalcedon,’ in Trajectories through the New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers, eds. A. Gregory and C. Tuckett, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 71-84.
‘Deus Caritas Est: Defining the Christian Understanding of Love,’ Pro Ecclesia, 15/3(2006)259-262.
‘The Catholic Laity: Priests, Prophets and Kings,’ Voices, 21/3(2006)12-15.
‘Athanasius and the Soul of Christ,’ Studia Patristica (forthcoming 2007).
‘Thomas Joseph White: The Beatific Vision of the Incarnate Son: A Response,’ The Thomist (forthcoming 2007).
I have also reviewed numerous books in such journals as Theological Studies, The Thomist, New Blackfriars, Pro Ecclesia, The Irish Theological Quarterly, The New Oxford Review, Priest and People, Modern Theology and The Expository Times.
Lectures and Conferences
- Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, England.
- Thomist Institute at the University of Utrecht, Holland.
- The International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria.
- The University of Notre Dame.
- Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Conventions (USA).
- The International Patristics Conference(Oxford, England).
- 'John Paul II and the Renewal of Thomism' Conference, Ave Maria College, Ypsilanti, MI.
- University of St. Thomas, St.Paul/Minneapolis, MN.
- Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH.
- Second Annual Fr. Ronald Lawler O.F.M., Cap. Lecture, ‘St. Athanasius of Alexandria and the Divinity of the Holy Spirit,’ St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Pittsburgh, PA.
Popular Books and Articles
Receiving the Promise: The Spirit's Work of Conversion (Gaithersburg, Maryland: The Word Among Us Press, 1985).
Be Reconciled to God: A Family Guide to Confession (Gaithersburg, Maryland: The Word Among Us Press, 1988).
Sacrament of Mercy: A Spiritual & Practical Guide to Confession (Boston: Pauline Books, 1997). This book has been reprinted (Lima, OH: Academic Renewal Press, 2005).
'Conversion,' New Covenant, Vol. 15, No. 5 (1985) 28-31.
'Is Mary Appearing At Medjugorje?,' National Catholic Register, May 5, 1985.
'Christian Forgiveness: The Prodigal Son,' National Catholic Register, June 29, 1986.
'Christian Forgiveness: The Good Samaritan,' National Catholic Register, July 6, 1986.
'Christian Forgiveness: The Lord is Tested,' National Catholic Register, July 13, 1986.
'Conversion: The Heart of the Church,' Pastoral Life, Vol. 35, No. 9 (1986) 9-15.
'The Process of Conversion,' Pastoral Life, Vol. 35, No. 10 (1986) 8-17.
'Jesus our Brother, Our King,' National Catholic Register, December 21, 1986, p. 5.
'The God-Man,' The Canadian Catholic Review, December, 1988, p. 438.
'Confession for Young People,' New Covenant, Vol. 18, No. 10 (1989) 30-31.
'What Is the Pope Up To?,' Pastoral Renewal, Vol. 14, No. 3 (1989) 10-14.
'Christian Marriage' (four articles), The Arlington Catholic Herald, Vol 15, No. 6, February 8, 1990.
'Giving the Doubter His Due,' The Canadian Catholic Review, Vol. 8, No. 4 (1990) 159-160.
'Can A Divided Church Heal A Broken World?: Toward Overcoming the Spirit of Resentment in a Polarized Church,' New Oxford Review, Vol. 57, No. 9 (1990) 14-17. (This article has been reprinted in eight other publications.)
'Catholic Marriage' (four articles), The Arlington Catholic Herald, February 7, 1991, pp. 20-27.
'The Challenge: Forgiveness,' Restoration, Vol. 44, No. 2 (1991) 1-2.
'Evangelium -- Srdce Charizmaticke Obnovy,' Effatha (Prague), II, roenik, 1992.
'Resentment Is Killing Us?,' New Covenant, Vol. 22, Num. 5 (1992) 11-13.
'What Does It Mean to Say that Jesus Saves?,' The Universe, December 6, 1992, p. 25.
'How Jesus Shows His Healing Mercy,' The Universe, December 13, 1992, p. 11.
'A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints,' The Allen Review, 9 (1993) 31-33.
'Christian Marriage' (three articles), The Arlington Catholic Herald, February 11, 1993.
'Why Catholics Should Witness Verbally to the Gospel: To Know Jesus is to Know Why,' New Oxford Review, Vol. 60, No. 6 (1993) 16-18.
'Let the Children Come: The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Children,' The Sower, Vol. 15, No. 1 (1993) 19.
'Conversion and Reconciliation: The Task of the Church,' Epiphany, Vol. 13, No. 4 (1993) 70-77.
'Why Catholics find it do hard to Evangelize,' New Covenant, 23\3 (1993) 18-19.
'The Poison of Resentment,' Faith and Renewal, 18\3 (1993) 9-13.
'On the Grace of Humility,' Oxford Magazine, 104 (1994) 8-10.
'Healing Resentment in the Church,' The Family, May, 1994, 22-24.
'Poison in the Body of Christ,' Healing and Wholeness, 17 (1995) 29-31.
'The Baptism of the Spirit Changed Everything,' New Covenant, 24\8 (1995) 14-16.
'Out Loud,' How I Pray Now, ed. Jim Manney, (Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, 1997).
I have also written numerous articles for The Word Among Us in the United States and Bible Alive in Great Britain.
Retreats, Parish Missions and Conferences
I have also given numerous days of recollection, retreats and parish missions, and spoke or lectured at many popular conferences in the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and