Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C.

Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C.

Associate Professor

Primary Field of Study: Moral Theology/Christian Ethics


Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley

Research and Training Interests

Moral Theology and Pastoral Practice; Applied Christian Ethics

Selected Publications

Interactional Morality: A Foundation for Moral Discernment in Catholic Pastoral Ministry (Georgetown Press, 1993)

Labors from the Heart: Mission and Ministry in a Catholic University (Notre Dame Press, 1996)

"A Case Study Method for Theological Reflection in Field Education," with Michael E. Connors, C.S.C., in Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry, Vol. 22, pp. 131-146, 2002

"When Religious Beliefs and Medical Judgments Conflict: Civic Polity and the Social Good," with John Paris, S.J., Chapter in Medical Futility, edited by Marjorie Zucker and Howard Zucker, Cambridge University Press, 1997

"Playing God and the Removal of Life-Prolonging Therapy" with John Paris, S.J., in Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 19: 403-418, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995, Dordrecht, Netherlands



Father Poorman returned to the Theology Department as Associate Professor of Theology after serving full-time in senior-level administrative positions in Holy Cross institutions, including Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, as well as Executive Vice President and President at the University of Portland. During his administrative service he continued teaching undergraduate moral theology courses in character formation, virtue ethics, and applied Christian ethics in the areas of sexuality, Catholic health care, and justice issues. He has also served as Director of the Master of Divinity program for the Department. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he has been a member of numerous governing boards in Catholic higher education and health care institutions. As part of his pastoral service in the Congregation of Holy Cross, he resided in undergraduate residence halls and continues to minister in the residential mission of Holy Cross at Notre Dame. His academic interests lie in the intersection of moral theology and pastoral practice, with past publications in that theoretical area, as well as the mission of Catholic higher education, models for theological reflection in ministry education, and ethical issues in end-of-life care and decision-making.



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