Department of Theology

If you want to explore life's meaning; if you want to be challenged and inspired to change a world wounded by inequality, hatred, and ecological degradation; if you want to grow spiritually by drawing on the riches of the Christian tradition in open dialogue with others, come join us.

-Dr. William Madges, Chair of the Department of Theology

Fall 2021 Course Highlights

  • THEO 288: Medieval Female Mystics, which examines the lives, writings, and influence of Christian women in the Middle Ages who were unbounded by traditional worship practices and religious norms.
  • THEO 334: Racial Reconciliation, which explores the historical origin, growth, and theological justification for race discrimination in North America. At the same time, this course highlights efforts to counter racial injustice and to reconcile the scars of racism.
  • THEO 340 Health, Religions, Ethics, which explores the intersections of theology, ethics, and interreligious literacy with a particular focus on preparing students to address spiritual and ethical challenges presented by the contemporary multicultural, multireligious, and deeply inequitable society in their professional practice in contemporary healthcare fields such as nursing, occupational therapy and other related disciplines.

News & Events

Xavier Society for the Blind in NYC adds Dr. Walker Gollar's book to Audio Library

Job Trends in Religious Studies and Theology - an article featuring Dr. Marcus Mescher - December, 2020

Panel Recording:  We Remember the UCA Martyrs - Monday, November 16, 2020

Dr. Adam Clark writes an article for "Conversations" magazine:  "Black Theology Promises a Richer America"

Ever Ancient, Ever New:  Exploring the Female Diaconate: Featuring Dr. Anna Miller -  Live streamed-talk on September 14 at 7:00 p.m.

New Spirituality & Solidarity Minor Highlighted in the Newswire September 2020

Two Theology Majors Participate in Xavier University's Summer 2020 Research Symposium

Spiritual Exercises Seminar - Mondays in June 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. featuring Dr. Gillian Ahlgren 

Dr. Martin Madar published his first article in native Slovak (issue 1 of 2020). It investigates the reception of Vatican II under Pope Francis.

Trauma and Recovery in the Time of COVID: Featuring Dr. Ashley Theuring - Live-streamed talk on May 4 at 7:30PM

The Courage to Change: Wisdom from Assisi: Featuring Dr. Gillian Ahlgren - Live-streamed talk on April 14

Ethics of Encounter: Featuring Dr. Marcus Mescher - Live-streamed talk on March 30

Dr. Marcus Mescher in America Magazine: "5 lessons Pope Francis has taught us with his actions more than his words"

Dr. Marcus Mescher interview with CRUX:  "The Ethics of Encounter" and Social Distancing/Isolation

Dr. Martin Madar Reflects on the Unrealized Opportunity Presented by Pope Benedict's Resignation

Dr. Adam Clark Reflects: Theology at Xavier University

Theology MA Student - Maika Llaneza - publishes article in Sojourners Magazine

Dr. Adam Clark Op-Ed:  "MLK's Message just as Relevant in age of Trump"

Theology MA Alumni Award winner for 2020 - Christine Marallen

Reflection from Dr. Marcus Mescher concerning the 30th anniversary of the murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador

Mary Anne Bressler, Xavier MA Program graduate and former Adjunct Professor, wins prestigious award from IJPC

Dr. C. Walker Gollar reports on Xavier and Slavery