Keynote Speakers and Respondents
Keynote Speakers and Respondents:
Gary Anderson is Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He has won numerous awards including most recently grants from the American Philosophical Society, Lilly Endowment and the Institute for Advanced Study at Hebrew University. His most recent book, Sin: A History (Yale University Press, 2009) treats the way in which metaphors for sin change from the First to the Second Temple period and how those changes decisively shaped the way Jews and Christians came to view the effect of sins and how they might be forgiven. He is currently working on a book on the Tabernacle narratives in Exodus and their influence on the rest of the Bible. Some recent articles include: "Redeem Your Sins by the Giving of Alms: Sin, Debt, and the 'Treasury of Merit' in Early Judaism and Christianity;” “To See Where God Dwells: The Tabernacle, the Temple, and the Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition;” and “The Book of Tobit and the Canonical Ordering of the Book of the Twelve.” Anderson was recently elected Vice-President of the Catholic Biblical Association for 2012-13 and will serve as President for 2013-14.
Steven Chase, Ph.D., was born and grew up amid the redwood forests of northern California and southern Oregon. A past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, he has taught spirituality and historical theology for twenty years. He is currently Studium Scholar at St. Benedict's Monastery, MN and spent two years as Research Scholar at the Collegeville Institute, St. John's University, MN. His books include Nature as Spiritual Practice (2011), A Field Guide to Nature as Spiritual Practice (2011) The Tree of Life: Models of Christian Prayer (2005), Contemplation and Compassion: The Victorine Tradition (2003), and Angelic Wisdom: The Cherubim and the Grace of Contemplation in Richard of St. Victor (1995). He is also the editor or co-editor of two volumes: Angelic Spirituality: Medieval Perspectives on the Ways of Angels (2002, with Ewert Cousins) and Doors of Understanding: Conversations on Global Spirituality in Honor of Ewert C. Cousins (1997). Dr. Chase has served as a spiritual director since 1992, has led many spiritual retreats, and has served as Director of Prayer and Ritual at a Dominican center of spirituality. Dr. Chase has completed a theological commentary on the Book of Job that will emphasize the role of creation in both suffering and transformation in the spiritual journey. He is currently working on a book on nature as spiritual guide.
Lawrence Cunningham is John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology (emeritus) at the University of Notre Dame. A founding member of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, he is a prolific writer. The author, translator, and editor of twenty-eight books and countless articles, he has published extensively on subjects related to Christian Spirituality. He is especially known for his work on Thomas Merton, John Henry Newman, and the history of devotion to the saints. His contributions to Franciscan studies include the following titles: Francis of Assisi: Performing the Gospel (2004), Brother Francis: Writings By and About Saint Francis of Assisi (1972), Francis of Assisi (1976), and Saint Francis of Assisi (1981)
Pieter G. R. de Villiers, Professor in Spirituality at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein since 2002. Previously Professor in New Testament Studies in the Department of Religion and Theology at Rhodes University (1988-2002) and Biblical Studies (University of Stellenbosch). Studied at the University of Stellenbosch (B.A.; B.A. Hons.; [Greek]; B.Th.; D.Th.), and in The Netherlands (Th.Drs,; Kampen). Profefessor de Villiers has been awarded research scholarships at Göttingen , München and Regensburg . He has served as a visiting fellow at Duke University, Durham [1980/1981] and Research Fellow at Yale University, New Haven (1986/7; 1992/1993). He is a member of the SNTS (Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas). He has published 102 articles in refereed journals and 14 books and currently chairs the Spirituality Association of South Africa.
John Fitzgerald is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. A specialist in New Testament studies, he has published nine books as an author, translator, and editor, as well as more than 50 articles and approximately 170 book reviews and book notes.
Mary Frohlich, R.S.C.J. (Ph.D., Catholic University of America) is Associate Professor of Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union and past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. She has edited two collections, The Lay Contemplative (St. Anthony’s Messenger, 2000) and St. Therese of Lisieux: Essential Writings (Orbis, 2003). She has written two books, authored over thirty journal articles, and contributed more than ten chapters to books, including: “The Space of Christic Performance: Teresa of Avila through the Lens of Michel de Certeau” in Elina Gertsman, ed., Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts (Ashgate 2008); “Barbe Acarie and the Founding of Carmel in France.” in three parts in Spirituality 13 (2007), 14 (2008); “Critical Interiority,” Spiritus 7/1 (Spring 2007);"Therese of Lisieux and Jeanne d'Arc: History, Memory and Interiority in the Experience of Vocation" Spiritus 6/2 (Fall 2006); “‘The Myth of the Garden’ and Spiritual Ministry in Postmodern America” in Edward Foley and Robert Schreiter, eds., The Wisdom of Creation (Liturgical Press, 2004);“Teresa, Foundress and Storyteller: Reading the Foundations,” Review for Religious 61/1 (Jan.-Feb. 2001);“Spiritual Discipline, Discipline of Spirituality: Revisiting Questions of Definition and Method,” Spiritus 1 (2001), republished in: Elizabeth A. Dreyer and Mark S. Burrows, Minding the Spirit: The Study of Christian Spirituality (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005); “Desolation and Doctrine in Thérèse of Lisieux,” Theological Studies 61 (2000).
Rev. Arthur G. Holder (1987 Ph.D., Duke University) is John Dillenberger Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. The editor of The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality (2005) and Christian Spirituality: The Classics (2010), he is an expert on the spiritual theology of Bede the Venerable, whose exegetical writings he has translated into English: On the Tabernacle (1994), Bede: A Biblical Miscellany (1998), and The Venerable Bede: On the Song of Songs and Selected Writings (2011). He is Past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and former co-chair (with Wendy Wright) of the Christian Spirituality Group in the American Academy of Religion.
Ralph Keen (U of Chicago Ph.D. in History of Christianity, 1990). Dr. Keen was appointed in 2010 to the Arthur J. Schmitt Chair in Catholic Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago after teaching for some years at the University of Iowa and also as a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Keen studies the Christian spiritual tradition with special sensitivity to its Jewish roots. His current research concerns the retrieval of patristic spirituality in the Catholic Reform from ca. 1500 to ca.1600. His publications include the following books: The Christian Tradition (2003), Exile and Restoration in Jewish Thought (2009), Divine and Human Authority in Reformation Thought (1997), Luther’s Lives: Two Contemporary Accounts of Martin Luther (2002, translator), Sir Thomas More’s “The Debellation of Salem and Bizance” (1988, co-editor, complete works of St. Thomas More).
Julia Lamm (Georgetown University; 1989 Ph.D., University of Chicago) is the general editor of The Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism (2012) and the author of The Living God: Schleiermacher’s Theological Appropriation of Spinoza (1996). She has published extensively on Schleiermacher (the subject of her forthcoming book), on nineteenth-century theology, and on mysticism. She has also published in Spiritus and elsewhere on Julian of Norwich.
Francis X. McAloon, S.J. (2001 Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union-Berkeley) has taught at Santa Clara University (2001-2003) and the Graduate Theological Union-Berkeley (2003-2012). He currently serves as Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ignatian Studies at Fordham University. He is the author of The Language of Poetry as a Form of Prayer: The Theo-Poetic Aesthetics of Gerard Manley Hopkins (2008), Forty-Day Journey with Gerard Manley Hopkins (2009), and Touch Me Afresh: Transforming Prayer through the Poetry of G. M. Hopkins (Paulist Press, forthcoming).
Bernard McGinn, Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School and the Committees on Medieval Studies and on General Studies of the University of Chicago. Professor McGinn has written extensively in the areas of the history of apocalyptic thought and, most recently, in the areas of spirituality and mysticism. His current long-range project is a seven-volume history of Christian mysticism in the West under the general title The Presence of God, four volumes of which have appeared: The Origins of Mysticism; The Growth of Mysticism; The Flowering of Mysticism; and The Harvest of Mysticism in Medieval Germany.
David Perrin, O.M.I. (Ph.D., University of Ottawa) is past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and has recently served as President of St. Jerome’s University. He is the author of Studying Christian Spirituality (2007), The Sacrament of Reconciliation: An Existential Approach (1998), and For Love of the World: The Old and New Self of John of the Cross (1997). He is the editor of Christian Women Mystics Speak to Our Times (2001). He is also the author of many book chapters and articles on Christian spirituality.
Rev. Ephraim Radner (Ph.D., Yale University) is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Toronto, Wycliffe College. Former rector of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Pueblo, Colorado, he has been a mission in Haiti and Burundi. He has also taught in seminaries in Colorado and Connecticut. He is the author of nine books, the most recent of which are Hope among the Fragments: The Broken Church and Its Engagement of Scripture (2004), Spirit and Nature: The Saint Medard Miracles in 18th-Century Jansenism (2008), The World in the Shadow of God: An Introduction to Christian Natural Theology (2010), and A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church (2012).
Cyril O’Regan (1989 Ph.D., Yale University) is the Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Note Dame. He specializes in systematic and historical theology. He has specific interests in the intersection of continental philosophy and theology, religion and literature, mystical theology, and postmodern thought. He has written The Heterodox Hegel, Gnostic Return in Modernity, and Gnostic Apocalypse: Jacob Boehme's Haunted Narrative. He has published numerous articles on such topics as the nature of tradition, negative theology, the sources of Hegel's thought and Hegel as a theological source, and on figures such as John Henry Newman and Hans Urs von Balthasar. O'Regan is currently working on books on Romanticism and Gnosticism and on Han Urs von Balthasar and postmodern thought.
Wendy M. Wright is Professor of Theology and holds the Kenelick Chair in the Humanities at Creighton University. A former President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and a member of the Spiritus Editorial Board, she is the author of fourteen books, including Silent Fire: An Invitation to Western Mysticism (1978), Bond of Perfection: Jeanne de Chantal and Francis de Sales (1985), Sacred Dwelling: A Spirituality of Family Life (1989), Heart Speaks to Heart: The Salesian Tradition (2004), and The Essential Spirituality Handbook (2009). She has edited Francis de Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God (1993, 2005) as well as the correspondence between Francis de Sales and Jeanne de Chantal.