Three Questions with Theologian Gabriel Said Reynolds, Quran Scholar

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame theologian Gabriel Said Reynolds studies the Quran and the interactions between Christians and Muslims. Academic courses taught by Reynolds include Foundations of Theology, Islam and Christian Theology, The Qur’an and Its Relation to the Bible, The Holy Land, and Islamic Origins. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Qurʾan in Conversation with the Bible: The Qurʾan Translation of Ali Quli Qaraʾi Annotated with Biblical Texts and Commentary. Read More

Theologian Describes Pope Francis’ South American Journey as Renewal of Acquaintances

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis’ July 5-13 journey to South America will take him through countries and among people who already knew him well before he became the leader of all the world’s Catholics, according to Peter J. Casarella, an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame who just returned from a year sabbatical in Chile at the Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago. Read More

Theologian Gary Knoppers Interviewed on the Origins of an International Judaism

Author: Todd Boruff


“Different texts speak with different voices. Paying attention to these differences between different writings really helps to illumine the history of early Judaism,” said Gary Knoppers, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Knoppers, whose research focuses on ancient Israelite history, is currently writing commentaries of 2 Chronicles and 1 and 2 Kings, Biblical texts authored during the Babylonian exile. Read More

Exhibit Showcases Medieval Liturgical and Musical Manuscripts

Author: Carol C. Bradley


Sacred Music at Notre Dame: The Voice of the Text, an exhibition in the Hesburgh Libraries Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, highlights the University’s holdings in medieval liturgical manuscripts that contain music. The manuscripts from the 11th through 15th centuries originate from various regions in France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. They inclued a a psalter, a liturgical calendar, a gradual, and a diurnal. Read More

Theologians Expect Pope’s Encyclical to Shine ‘Holy Light’ on Climate Change

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on the environment, titled “Laudato Sii,” has elicited indecorous responses, including questions about whether the environment has anything to do with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Theologians and scientists at the University of Notre Dame, however, insist that it precisely concerns Church teaching, and they look forward to hearing what Pope Francis has to say. Read More

Department Administrator Honored by College of Arts and Letters

Author: Emily Hammock

Melody Kesler, department administrator, has been awarded the 2015 Inside Award from the College of Arts and Letters. This award, given annually by the College to one exemplary staff member, recognizes communication, collaboration, and innovation in service to the College. Award recipients are nominated by another member of the College staff and are selected by a committee organized by the Dean's Office. Melody was recognized at the annual College of Arts and Letters staff luncheon May 21. Congratulations, Melody! Read More

Theology Staff Member Honored by Grad School

Author: Emily Hammock

Cheron Price, the administrative assistant to the MTS and PHD programs, has been awarded the 2015 Graduate Administrative Staff member award. This award, given annually by the Graduate School, recognizes efficiency, responsiveness, and innovation in the service of graduate students. Award recipients are nominated by their corresponding director of graduate studies and are selected by the Graduate Studies Leadership Committee. Cheron was recognized at the annual Graduate School luncheon on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Congratulations to Cheron! Read More

Theology Professor Appointed Vice President and Associate Provost

Author: Dennis Brown

Maura A. Ryan, associate dean for the humanities and faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University. The appointment, effective Aug. 1, was made by Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the recommendation of Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost. Read More