About the Staff
Elizabeth H. Farnsworth
National Institute for Newman Studies
John T. Ford, c.s.c.
Catholic University of America
Rev. John T. Ford, c.s.c., recently retired from teaching at The Catholic University of America, Washington DC. He is the recipient of the Paul Wattson Christian Unity Award from the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement (2014), the Ecumenism Award (2015) from The Washington Theological Consortium (2015), and the Gailliot Award from the National Institute for Newman Studies (2016). A former Editor of Newman Studies Journal (2004-2013), he is the author of Saint Mary’s Press Glossary of Theological Terms (Saint Mary’s Press, 2006) and Editor of John Henry Newman: Spiritual Writings (Orbis, 2012), as well as many essays, book chapters, articles and reviews.
Ryan J. Marr
National Institute for Newman Studies
Kenneth L. Parker
Ryan Endowed Chair for Newman Studies
Kenneth Parker completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in 1984, under the direction of Professor Eamon Duffy. His research interest in John Henry Newman began during his post-doctoral studies at the University of Fribourg in the late 1980s. Dr. Parker has taught at the University of Alabama and Westmont College, and served in the historical theology Ph.D. program at Saint Louis University for twenty-five years. In 2014, the College of Arts and Sciences at SLU named him the Steber Professor in Theological Studies. While serving as interim executive director of the National Institute for Newman Studies in 2017, Professor Parker was invited to take up the Ryan Endowed Chair for Newman Studies at Duquesne University. He is the author or editor of seven volumes and numerous essays and articles. He has served as Editor of the Newman Studies Journal since 2016.
About the Board
Steven D. Aguzzi
Dr. Aguzzi’s primary research interests are in the field of comparative theology and interreligious dialogue. Specifically, Aguzzi has done extensive research on the question of ‘supersessionism,’ i.e., whether the Church has replaced Israel in God’s dealings with humanity, and specifically in salvation history. Dr. Aguzzi has explored the fields of eschatology and ecclesiology to find various solutions to the strained relationships between Christians and Jews. Aguzzi’s studies have focused extensively on Post Vatican II calls within the Roman Catholic tradition to forge a new dialogue and way forward regarding both Jewish and Christian eschatological claims
Dr. Aguzzi has likewise studied the life and works of John Henry Newman, specifically in relation to Jewish, Anglican and Catholic ideas of religious dialogue. Aguzzi has published on various conceptions associated with Newman’s work, specifically his overall view of the Judaism of the nineteenth century, and also Newman’s idea on the development of doctrine and how it speaks to concerns in today’s comparative theological circles.
Dr. Aguzzi lives in the North Side of Pittsburgh with his wife, Robyn, and his daughter Arden. He enjoys jogging and biking, and spending time with his family when he is not serving as an Associate Pastor at his Presbyterian congregation in Mt. Lebanon. He is an avid Steeler football fan in his free time, but likewise enjoys reading extensively in diverse fields of study such as Phenomenology, Scholastic Christology, German Protestant Eschatology, Patristic Studies, and Post Vatican II Roman Catholic theology. He earned his M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, and his Ph.D. from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Aguzzi has a book forthcoming on the topic of supersessionism, which will be published by Ashgate Publishing Company.
University of Aberdeen
Christopher Cimorelli is assistant professor of theology at Caldwell University in Caldwell, NJ, where he is faculty assistant to the Spirituality and Leadership Institute (SLI) and part of the RCIA-ministry program. He received his PhD in Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium (KU Leuven), researching the life and thought of John Henry Newman and the role of historical studies in the development of Christian traditions. In the doctoral program, he worked in the research unit Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions under Prof. Dr. Terrence Merrigan. He has published articles in several journals, as well as an academic monograph in the series, Studies in Philosophical Theology, entitled John Henry Newman's Theology of History (Leuven: Peeters Press, 2017). He is also a contributing co-editor to a recently published volume on Edward Schillebeeckx and public theology, Salvation in the World (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2017).
Originally from Pequannock, NJ, Cimorelli earned a B.S. in Economics from the Villanova School of Business. During his time at Villanova University, he became interested in theological studies, eventually earning a M.A. in Theology and Religious Studies. He spent two years working as the editorial assistant for Commonweal (New York, NY) before moving to Belgium to pursue a Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion degree at KU Leuven in the research unit History of Church and Theology. He and his wife Abigail have two small children, Evelien and Charles.
John F. Crosby
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Dr. John Crosby studied at Georgetown University, where he received a B.A., and the University of Salzburg where he received his Ph.D. Before landing at Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1990 he taught at the University of Dallas, and later held the Prince Franz Josef and Princess Gina Chair for Ethics, at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein. He has previously served as chair of the philosophy department at Franciscan University of Steubenville as well as the director of the M.A. Philosophy Program, a program he helped found. In 1997 he received Senior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a member of American Catholic Philosophical Association, where he has also served on the Executive Committee; the American Philosophical Association; the Newman Association of America; and the University Faculty for Life.
Professor Crosby is known internationally for his work on John Henry Newman, Max Scheler, Karol Wojtyła, and Dietrich von Hildebrand. He has made a significant contribution to the area of philosophical anthropology or philosophy of the human person and has played a major role in the contemporary interest and discussion of that field through his two books, The Selfhood of the Human Person and Personalist Papers each published by Catholic University of America Press. He has also worked in the areas of ethics, phenomenological realism, and axiology, or value theory.
Wesley Theological Seminary
David P. Deavel
University of St. Thomas
Dr. David Deavel was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana. He received a B.A. with majors in English and philosophy from Calvin College and attended Fordham University, where he received the M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Theology. He is currently Editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture and is visiting Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, where he has taught courses on Catholic literature, spirituality, theology, and culture. He was formerly vice president of the Newman Association of America and is a contributing editor for Gilbert, the magazine of the American Chesterton Society. He was the 2013 winner of the Novak Award, a $10,000 prize awarded by the Acton Institute to scholars early in their academic career who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit in advancing the understanding of theology’s connection to human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life. His academic work has appeared in several books as well as a number of journals including Chesterton Review, Chicago Studies, Faith & Reason, Journal of Markets and Morality, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, and Society. His public and popular essays and reviews have appeared in, among other places, America, Catholic World Report, Christian Century, Commonweal, Crisis. First Things, Minneapolis Star Tribune, National Review, Religion & Liberty, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Catherine, and their seven children.
University of Holy Cross
David Peter Delio, Ph.D. serves as an Associate Professor of Theology and as Chair of the Theology Department for the University of Holy Cross, New Orleans. Dr. Delio lead in designing and implementing several degree programs including an online Master of Arts in Catholic Theology (MACT).
He is also a board member of the National Newman Association and the President of a nonprofit that he helped found, the Newman Idea. He has written a book length study on Blessed Cardinal Newman titled, ‘An aristocracy of exalted spirits’: The Idea of the Church in Newman’s Tamworth Reading Room, by Gracewing Publishers. Dr. Delio has two peer-reviewed publications which investigate Newman’s Oxford University Sermons, a couple articles in the works and several book reviews in the Newman Studies Journal. He has also presented papers on Newman’s understanding of faith and reason, ecclesiology, education and the imagination as well as Vatican II. He completed his doctoral work at the Catholic University of America (CUA) under Fr. John T. Ford, CSC, and has been a Theology Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University and CUA.
Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University
Brian W. Hughes
University of St. Mary
Durham University, UK
Prof. Karen Kilby is the Bede Chair of Catholic Theology at Durham University. A native of Connecticut, Prof. Kilby studied Mathematics and Theology at Yale and Cambridge, completing her Ph.D. on Karl Rahner under Kathryn Tanner and George Lindbeck. After holding a Gifford postdoctoral research fellowship at St. Andrews she taught at Birmingham, and then, since 2001, at Nottingham, where she also served for three and a half years as Head of the Theology and Religious Studies Department.
In her research and writing Prof. Kilby has engaged closely with two of the major twentieth century Catholic theologians, Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar and is the author of three highly regarded monographs: Balthasar: a (very) Critical Introduction (Eerdmans, 2012); A Brief Introduction to Karl Rahner (SPCK, 2007); and Karl Rahner: Theology and Philosophy (2004). In addition to twentieth-century Catholic theology, Prof. Kilby is interested in a range of themes in systematic theology, including in particular the doctrine of the Trinity and the place of mystery in Christian thought. She served for a period as review editor of the International Journal of Systematic Theology, as one of the editors of the Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (2011), and, from 2010-2012, as President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain. She has been a member of the Nottingham Diocese's Ecclesiastical Education Commission, and works, alongside Anna Rowlands, with CAFOD as part of its Theology Reference Group.
Matthew M. Muller
John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Dr. Peter Nockles was until his retirement in September 2016 a librarian and curator in the Department of Rare Books & Maps, Special Collections, in the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. He remains an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester. He was a Visiting Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford, 2006-11, and was a major contributor to Oriel College: a History (Oxford University Press, 2013). He was an Erasmus Institute Fellow at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, in 2000. In March 2013 he gave the De Lubac Lecture at St Louis University Missouri on ‘An Oxonian “Idea” of a University: John Henry Newman’s formative Oriel College experience’. He is the author of The Oxford Movement in Context (Cambridge University Press, 1994, paperback 1997) and has contributed to the nineteenth-century volume (6) of the History of the University of Oxford (1997) and to a History of Canterbury Cathedral (Oxford University Press, 1995). He is the author of numerous articles and research papers on 18th and 19th century British religious history, and has given lectures and seminars widely in Britain, Europe (France, Germany, and Sweden), and the United States. He contributed an essay to Newman In his Time (Gracewing, 2007), and has edited and contributed to a volume of essays entitled Reinventing the Reformation in the Nineteenth Century in a themed issue of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, (Volume 90, number 1, Spring 2014) He was the co-editor of The Oxford Movement, Europe and the Wider World, 1833-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and was one of the three editors of The Oxford Handbook of the Oxford Movement published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He was contributor to an important volume of essays Receptions of Newman edited by Benjamin King and Frederick Aquino published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He is also a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman also to be published by Oxford University Press.
He was the UK Conference Director of the Catholic Record Society, 1995-2007, is on the Council of the Catholic Record Society, helped organise the North-West Catholic Writer’s Guild which met monthly at the University Catholic chaplaincy of the University of Manchester, and is an active member of the Ecclesiastical History Society and the Church of England Record Society, and was a Trustee of the Catholic National Library.
Thomas J. Norris
Pontifical Irish College
Notre Dame University
Michael J. G. Pahls
Christian Brothers University, St. Agnes Academy
William L. Portier
University of Dayton
William L. Portier is the Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Dayton, where he is also Ph.D. Program Director. He has taught at the University of Dayton since 2003. From 1979 to 2003, he taught at Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD. He is an historical theologian who works in the area of 19th and 20th-century Catholic thought, especially in the United States. He has written four books and edited or co-edited four others. His two most recent books are Divided Friends: Portraits of the Roman Catholic Modernist Crisis in the United States (2013) and Every Catholic An Apostle: A Life of Thomas A. Judge, CM, 1868-1933 (2017), both from The Catholic University of America Press. In 2017 Derek C. Hatch and Timothy R. Gabrielli edited Weaving the American Catholic Tapestry, Essays in Honor of William L. Portier (Pickwick Publications).