Past Senior Theses


Grace Mariette Agolia, advised by Timothy O’Malley
"SIGNING THE WORLD: American Deaf Catholics, Liturgy, and the New Evangelization"
James Corcoran, advised by Margaret Pfeil
ENOUGH TO WEEP: The Principalities and Powers, William Stringfellow, and the White Church’s Response to Racism"
Luke Donahue, advised by Sr. Ann Astell and Claire Taylor Jones
"Writing of Paradise: The Marian prayers composed by the Franciscan Tertiary sisters of the Pütrich Regelhaus found in Cgm 4484 and their historical context"
Maya Jain, advised by Leonard DeLorenzo
“'Love is longsuffering': Meditations on Makrothumia and Soteriology
Jacob Lindle, advised by John Cavadini and Alfred Freddoso
"Mercy unto Death: The spiritual spectacle of the martyrs in the sermons of St. Augustine"
Nicolas Munsen, advised by Daniel Groody
"Be Holy, For I Am Holy: A Theological History of Judeo-Christian Sanctuary"
Stephen Santos, advised by Maxwell Johnson
"Anglican Orders – a Question of Validity"
Alexander Slavsky, advised by Adrian Reimer
"Truth, Freedom, and Love: John Paul II’s Theology of Redemptive Suffering"


Angela Joy Bird, advised by Margaret Pfeil
"'True Liberation': Oscar Romero on the Relationship Between Forgiveness and Justice"
Timothy Bradley, advised by John Cavidini and Mary Keys
"Saints and the Shire: Tolkien's Christian Myth"
Samantha E Burr, advised by Timothy O'Malley
"The Importance of Fiction for Understanding Mystery in a Secular Age"
Irina R. Celentano, advised by John Cavidini
"Tertullian on the Resurrection of the Flesh"
Jimmy Henke
"Translating 'Allah' into 'God' when Translating the Qur'an"
Kaitlyn Kennedy, advised by Margaret Pfeil
"Beauty in the Burden: The Responsibility and Gift of Caregiving for the Elderly"
Jose Martinez
"War Crimes & Personhood: How Attacks Designed to Target Relationships Are Able to Dehumanize and Skew a Person's Connection to their Dignity"


Julia Buff, advised by Mary Catherine Hilkert
"Toward a Renewed Understanding of LGB Catholics and the Church"
Marco Cerritelli, advised by Sr. Ann Astell and Sean Kelsey
"Who We are and Who We Can Be: St. Paul's Tripartite Anthropology within William of St. Thierry's Threefold Spiritual Life"
Hope Feist, advised by Francesca Murphy
"A Humble Heroism: The Sanctification of the Small and Defeat of Evil in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings"
Joseph Krivos, advised by Kim Belcher
"A Church of Hope: A Contextual and Ecclesiological Reading of the Collects of the Sundays of Advent and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception"
Erin Stoyell-Mulholland, advised by Gerald McKenny
"Infertility and the Catholic Church: A Pastoral Response"

Jiyeon Ahn, advised by Fr. Paul Kollman, CSC
"To Quench the Thirst of Christ: The Mission of Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity"
Marissa Bulso, advised by Fr. Brian Daley
"The Mystery of Suffering: As Revealed by the Mystery of God's Love and Mercy in Julian of Norwich and St. Faustina Kowalska"
Teresa Gorman, advised by John O'Callaghan and Miguel Romero
"Focus on Flourishing: A Thomistic Response to Autism"
Thomas Graff, advised by Cyril O'Regan and Curtis Franks
"A Grammar of Certainty: Newman and Wittgenstein on Rationality and Religious Belief"
Eliza Nagle, advised by Tim O'Malley
"Catholic and Mormon Dialogue: Comparison of the Theology of Marriage"
Mary Clare Rigali , advised by Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC
"Liberation Theology Post-Vatican II: How Latin America and Pope Francis are Shaping the Church"
Rebecca Rossi, advised by David Fagerberg
"The Cosmological Fall: As Portrayed in 'The Fall of Narnia'"
Patrick Adams, advised by David Fagerberg
"Sacrifice and Meal in the Theology of Pope Benedict XVI"
Sandra Laguerta, advised by Ann Astell
"'The Poor are Our Lord': Seeing God in the Spirituality of  Saint Jeanne Jugan and the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor"
Kimberly Lisiak, advised by John Cavadini
"Biblical Devotion to St. Joseph, Husband of Mary & Foster-Father of Jesus, Emphasizing Three Contemporary Examples for Practical Application"
Felipe Campos Rezendez, advised by Maxwell Johnsons
"The Anaphora of Addai and Mari"
Kyle Smith, advised by Francesca Murphy
"Hand in Glove: A Cautionary Examination of the Relationship Between the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland and Its Political State"
Dylan Belton, advised by Matthew Ashley
"Teleology Revisited"
Cody Gaffney, advised by Gary Anderson
"The parallel accounts of the Deuteronomistic History (DtrH) and 1-2 Chronicles"
Nicholas Galasso, advised by Maxwell Johnson
“Through Him, with Him, and in Him: Active Participation in the Liturgy of the Roman Rite"
Chelsea King, advised by John Betz
"For I Desire Mercy and Not Sacrifice: the Sacrifice of Christ as Seen in the Works of Thomas Aquinas and Rene Girard"
Ashley Logsdon, advised by Margie Pfeil
"Environmental Science and Conservation: Can I Care for the Environment without Neglecting My Duty to My Neighbor?"
Robert Rauch, advised by John Cavadini
"The Development of Church Authority and Hierarchy"
Katherine Remley, advised by Ann W. Astell
"Lourdes: Embodying the Vision of Evangelium Vitae for a Culture of Life"
Laura Taylor, advised by Margot Fassler
"The Sacramental Theology of Medieval Offertory Chants"
Holly Bird, advised by Tim Matovina
“Mujeres Sembradoras: Comunidades Eclesiales de Base and Ecclesiology among Latin American Women Theologians.”
Christopher Gattis, advised by Brian Daley, S.J.
"Sergius Bulgakov's Treatment of Augustine's Pneumatology in The Comforter”
Elizabeth Gormley, advised by Paulinus Odozor
"Church Teachings and HIV/AIDS in Africa"
Daniel Masterton, advised by David Aune
"Yours is the Kingdom of God: Understanding and Gaining Spiritual Access to the Kingdom of God in the Gospel of Luke"
Annie Scully, advised by Tzvi Novick
"YHWH: the Meaning, Identity, and Paradox of the Divine Name"
Sarah Ruszkowski, advised by Margie Pfeil
"The Call to Relationship between Those with Disabilities and Those without Disabilities within the Catholic Church"
Chris Anthony, advised by Randall Zachman
"Augustine and Calvin on Eucharistic Theology"
Javier Soegaard, advised by Ann Astell
"Christian Males:  Soldiers for Christ and Spiritual Brides"
Justin Bartkus, advised by Larry Cunningham
"A Study of the Spirituality of Thomas Merton"
Santiago Rosado, advised by John Cavadini
"Humor and Humility in the Bible, Church Fathers, Thomas Aquinas, and Their Effect on Liturgy"
Dan Dixon, advised by Brian Daley
"Indifference in St Ignatius"
Andrew Chronister, advised by Joseph Wawrykow
"Moved by Grace: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Interaction of the Human Will and the Divine Will"
Amy Kleczynski, advised by Ann Astell
"Abstinent Lovers: the Holy Couple as a Model for the Natural Family Planning Couple"
Marisa Behan, advised by Jerry Baumbach
"The Experience of Community and Fellowship in Six Methodist and Catholic Adult Faith Formation Programs"
Susan Bigelow, advised by Paul Kollman
"Coming with All That We Are: Observing, Defining, and Re-Envisioning Inculturation in Uganda"
Michele Sagala, advised by Jan Poorman
"Invited into the mystery: Sacramental Preparation with Individuals with Mental Disabilities" 
Melissa Barber, advised by Larry Cunningham
"The Idol and the Icon: Reflections of the Works of Jean-Luc Marion"
Conor Kelly, advised by David Clairmont
"'Unable to Arrive at Any Consensus': US Constitutional Law, Theology, and the Person"
Angela Maxey, advised by Randall Zachman
"Preserving the Saints in God-Given Faith"
Gavin McDowell, advised by Gary Anderson
"The Merchant of Penance: Themes of Atonement in the "Pound of Flesh" Plot"
Dominic Pepper, advised by Max Johnson
"Stational Liturgy"
Michael Popejoy, advised by Larry Sullivan
"The Buddha and Religious Founders"
Dana Christensen, advised by Larry Cunningham
"Walking on Water: Responses in Faith to Hurricane Katrina"
Kathleen Fox, advised by Cyril O’Regan
"Incarnate Wonder: the Significance of the Miraculous in the Catholic Tradition"
Lindsay Fitzpatrick, advised by Todd Whitmore
"Let Me Be Your Bethlehem: Dorothy Day and Her Vision of Hospitality: A Model for Community That Welcomes the Unborn"
Bradley Jenkins, advised by Michael Baxter
"The Theology of Peace Building"
Michael Rossmann, advised by Paul Kollman
"The Role of Westerners in the Contemporary East African Catholic Church"
Anne Sutherland, advised by Randall Zachman
"Lutheran-Catholic Relations"
Laura Sonn, advised by Dan Groody
"Latin American Spirituality"
Shannon Wimp, advised by Adrian Reimers
"Sexuality and Salvation: Understanding Atonement"
John Christopher Gregory Sikorski, advised by David Fagerberg and Adrian Reimers
"Liturgical Marriage: An Adequate Theological Anthropology"
Chris Bachner-Reimer, advised by Gerald McKenny
"Yoder and Eucharistic Pacifism"
Dan DiMassa, advised by Brad Malkovsky
"Srivaishnavism and Ignatius Loyola"
Patricia Mackin, advised by Gary Anderson
"Leviticus 11: Textual Analysis and Perspectives on Interpretation"
Caitlin Shaughnessy, advised by Adrian Reimers
"Feminism and Theology of the Body"
Rachel Thelen, advised by Margaret Pfeil
"The History of Catholic Social Teaching"
Austin Weaver, advised by Larry Cunningham
"Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Holy Spirit and Other Religions"
Zac Madonia, advised by Brian Daley
"Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue: Primacy and the Unity of the Church"
Bridget O'Brien, advised by Randall Zachman
"Faith and Reason"
Kelli Barton, advised by Gabriel Reynolds
"Sufism and Christian Mysticism"
Thomas Deutsch, advised by Jerry Neyrey
"Jewish Messianic Expectations"
Lauren Price, advised by Bradley Malkovsky
"Theology of Other Religions"
Andrew Salzmann, advised by Joseph Wawrykow
"Imago Dei in Medieval Theology"