• Statue of Jesus on Notre Dame campus

  • Vatican Sunset

  • Closeup of a manuscript

  • Duncan Hall chapel

The Department of Theology is the heart of Notre Dame’s education in faith and reason. Guided by the ideal of “faith seeking understanding,” the faculty engage in critical reflection in six areas: moral theology, world religions and world church, history of Christianity, liturgy, biblical studies, and systematic theology.



Sat Sep 5, 2015

Saturdays with the Saints: Cyril O'Regan "Thomas More: Saint in a Time of Political and Cultural Crisis"

Location: Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

Presented by the Institute for Church Life, Saturdays with the Saints lectures mark home football Saturdays as days to celebrate the lives of the Saints.

“Thank God for the saints whose feast days come around and remind us that we too are called to be saints.”(Dorothy Day)

Anticipating the Year of Mercy, we are reminded that, in some circumstances, the greatest work of mercy is simply to speak up! Join us this semester as we consider a series on: "SAINTS WHO SPOKE UP AND SPOKE OUT!…

Wed Sep 9, 2015

Gallery Talk & Reception: "Outsider at the Vatican: Frederick Franck's Drawings from the Second Vatican Council"

Location: Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

Catherine R. Osborne, postdoctoral fellow at the Cushwa Center and curator of the exhibit "Outsider at the Vatican: Frederick Franck's Drawings from the Second Vatican Council," will present a talk about the works on display. A reception will follow. 
Franck's work, including many of the 68 drawings that are part of the current exhibit, was last displayed at the University of Notre Dame in 1963. The pieces are on loan from Pacem In Terris: The Frederick Franck Museum and by The Catholic Documentation Center, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. …

Thu Sep 10, 2015

Finding Beauty in the Other: Inaugural World Religions World Church Conference

Location: University of Notre Dame Conference Center

Finding Beauty in the Other
Inaugural World Religions World Church Conference

University of Notre Dame, Department of Theology
September 10-12, 2015
In his apostolic exhortation Evagelii Gaudium Pope Francis encourages Christians to foster “a  renewed esteem for beauty as a means of touching the human heart.” Convinced that beauty is indeed a means for touching the human heart, and recognizing the rich role of beauty in history of Christian theological thought, the World Religions World Church Area of the Department of Theology at Notre Dame will host a conference entitled “Finding the Beauty in the Other” from September 10-12, 2015. At this conference we will explore how beauty can be found in religions and cultures, and how the beauty of the Christian gospel should be communicated in different religious and cultural settings.…

Wed Sep 16, 2015

Latino Studies Seminar: "Catholics in Crisis"

Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall

The Institute for Latino Studies is launching its fall 2015 Latino Studies Seminar series with Karen Hooge Michalka, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology, and Mary Ellen Konieczny, assistant professor of sociology. They will present “Catholics in Crisis: Latino and Non-Latino Lay Mobilization and Sexual Ethics.”…

Thu Sep 17, 2015

Lecture: "New Church and A New Society: Human Development and Democratization in the Ministry of Rutilio Grande, S.J. and the Church of El Salvador

Location: The Oak Room, South Dining Hall

Students, faculty, and community members are invited to a luncheon seminar on the ministry of Rutilio Grande, S.J., presented by Professor Thomas Kelly.

Thomas M. Kelly a is professor of systematic theology at Creighton University and immersion coordinator for the Ignatian Colleagues Program, a national program of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Kelly has taught travel courses throughout Latin America on the past and present ministry of the Catholic Church, taking students to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Bolivia, and Peru over the past thirteen years. He has published nationally and internationally on philosophical hermeneutics, liberation theology, Catholic social thought, marriage and family, and the Church of Latin America. Two of his most recent books include When the Gospel Grows Feet: Rutilio Grande, SJ and the Church of El Salvador, An Ecclesiology in Context