About the Staff
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 at the National Institute for Newman Studies in 2017, Dr. Parker was invited to take up the Ryan Endowed Chair for Newman Studies at Duquesne University. He is author or editor of seven volumes and numerous essays and articles. He has served as Editor of the Newman Studies Journal since 2016.
Associate Editor NSJ
National Institute for Newman Studies
Christopher Cimorelli is the Director of the National Institute for Newman Studies and Associate Editor of the Newman Studies Journal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies from Villanova University. Before beginning advanced graduate work, he was the Editorial Assistant of Commonweal Magazine (2008-2010). He holds a master’s degree in Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (2011) and a doctorate in Theology (2015) from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), where he studied under the Newman scholar, Prof. Dr. Terrence Merrigan. Prior to working at the Institute, he was an Assistant Professor of Theology at Caldwell University (2016-2020), where he served as chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy in 2020. He is the author of the monograph, John Henry Newman’s Theology of History: Historical Consciousness, ‘Theological Imaginaries’, and the Development of Tradition (Peeters, 2017) and the co-editor of Salvation in the World: The Crossroads of Public Theology (Bloomsbury, 2017). He has varied research interests, including Newman studies, doctrinal development, views of doctrine and the magisterium, apophatic theology, spirituality, and ecotheology
Elizabeth A. Huddleston
Head of Research and Publications
Associate Editor, NSJ
National Institute for Newman Studies
Elizabeth Huddleston is the Head of Research and Publications at the National Institute for Newman Studies and Associate Editor for the Newman Studies Journal. She holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton, and a doctorate in Theology also from the University of Dayton. Her dissertation is entitled, Divine Revelation as Rectrix Stella: The Evolution of Wilfrid Ward's Doctrine of Divine Revelation, which was completed in 2019 under the direction of Dr. William L. Portier. Dr. Huddleston's research interests include the reception of Newman's doctrine of revelation in nineteenth and twentieth-century theology, the relationship between music and theology, ecumenical and inter-faith conversations, and the intersection of dogmatic theology with Christian mysticism.
Senior Research Fellow
Associate Editor, NSJ
National Institute for Newman Studies
Msgr. Richard M Liddy
Seton Hall University
Msgr. Richard M Liddy is presently Professor Emeritus of the Department of Religion, Seton Hall University. He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Rome in 1963, where he studied under Bernard Lonergan, S.J. (1904–1984). Lonergan called John Henry Newman “my fundamental mentor and guide.” Msgr. Liddy has a longstanding interest in Newman’s life and work and is a past President of the St. John Henry Newman Association of America. Msgr. Liddy was also a member of the Historical Commission preparing the Positio presented to Saint John Paul II in preparation for the Beatification of Newman in Birmingham, England in September 2010. He was present at Newman’s canonization in Rome in October 2919. He has published various essays on Newman through the years. He has a chapter on Newman in his book, Transforming Light: Intellectual Conversion in the Early Lonergan (Liturgical Press, 1993) and has also authored Startling Strangeness: Reading Lonergan’s Insight (University Press of America, 2007). He is presently working on a book on Newman through the eyes of Bernard Lonergan.
About the Board
Steven D. Aguzzi
Dr. Aguzzi's primary research interests are in the field of comparative theology and interreligious dialogue. Specifically, Dr. Aguzzi has done extensive research on the question of "supersessionism," i.e., whether the church has replaced Israel in God's dealings with humanity, 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. Dr. Aguzzi's studies have focused extensively on post-Vatican II's call within Roman Catholicism 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. He has published on various concepts associated with Newman's work, specifically his understanding of Judaism in 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.
Aguzzi earned his M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, and his Ph.D. from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Aguzzi has written a book on the topic of supersessionism, published by Routledge Publishing Company.
Frederick D. Aquino
Abilene Christian University (ACU)
Frederick D. Aquino is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the Graduate School of Theology, Abilene Christian University (ACU) and the director of the philosophy minor at ACU. He specializes in religious epistemology, the epistemology of theology, spiritual perception, John Henry Newman, and Maximus the Confessor. Some of his publications include Communities of Informed Judgment (Catholic University of America Press, 2004), An Integrative Habit of Mind (Northern Illinois University Press, 2012), Receptions of Newman, ed. Frederick D. Aquino and Benjamin J. King (Oxford University Press, 2015), The Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology, ed. William J. Abraham and Frederick D. Aquino (Oxford University Press, 2017), The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman, ed. Frederick D. Aquino and Benjamin J. King (Oxford University Press, 2018), and Perceiving Things Divine: Towards a Constructive Account of Spiritual Perception, ed. Frederick D. Aquino and Paul Gavrilyuk (Oxford University Press, 2021). He is currently working on a monograph that explores the relevance of Newman's thought for issues in contemporary epistemology.
Claus Arnold is Professor of Medieval and Modern Church History at the University of Mainz. He studied Theology at Tübingen and Oxford (198–1992) and was a teaching and research assistant with Hubert Wolf in Frankfurt and Münster (1992–2003). He holds a canonical doctorate in Theology from Frankfurt-Sankt-Georgen (1997) and achieved Habilitation at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Münster in 2003. From 2004 until 2014 he was a tenured professor of Church History at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.
Rosario Athié has dedicated her studies to philosophy. She is a research professor in the Department of Humanities of the Universidad Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara (Mexico), where she teaches Social Philosophy. She received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Navarra, Spain, in 1998. The title of her thesis was: The assent in J. H. Newman. The same university published her doctoral research in Cuadernos del Anuario Filosófico. Dr. Athié received scholarships at the National Institute of Newman Studies (2004 and 2016) and has done other work at the International Center of Newman Friends in Littlemore, Oxford. She also published a translation Ian Ker's biography of Newman (John Henry Newman. Una biografía, Palabra, Spain, 2010), along with other articles related to the philosophical thought of John Henry Newman. She is the organizer and first president of the Newman Circle (www.circulonewman.com), whose goal is to introduce Newman, his thought, and his nineteenth-century English historical context to Spanish-speaking people. She contributed to John Henry Newman y su legado en filosofía, teología, literatura y educación (Promesa, Costa Rica, 2017). Dr. Athié has been a member of the Newman Association of America since 2001 and the Spanish Association of Personalism since 2004.
University of Aberdeen
Colin Barr holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and has held academic appointments in Ireland, the United States, and Scotland. He has published several books, including Paul Cullen, John Henry Newman, and the Catholic University of Ireland, 1845–65 (2003), The European Culture Wars in Ireland: The Callan Schools Affair 1868–81 (2012), and Ireland's Empire: The Roman Catholic Church in the English-speaking world, 1829–1914 (2020). He is also the co-editor of Nation/Nazione: Irish Nationalism and the Italian Risorgimento (2014, with Michele Finelli and Anne O'Connor) and Religion and Greater Ireland: Christianity and Irish Global Networks, 1750–1950 (2015, with Hilary M. Carey). He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has been a visiting fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is presently a senior lecturer in history in the School of Divinity, History & Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
University of Navarra
Marial Corona (Philosophy Ph.D., University of Navarra, 2020 & Theology Baccalaureate, Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, 2014) has found in J. H. Newman a trustworthy guide as she explores themes related to knowledge, rationality, and truth. In her doctoral dissertation, she placed J. H. Newman in dialogue with pragmatist philosophers, particularly those who follow the line initiated by C. S. Peirce and found fruitful lines of encounter. She continues her research looking for ways to bring Newman’s thought to a more prominent place in philosophical discourse. She is currently teaching at the University of St. Mary of the Lake and Divine Mercy University. She has published her work in the Newman Studies Journal, the Journal of Disability and Religion, and Ecclesia.
John F. Crosby
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Dr. John Crosby studied at Georgetown University, where he received a BA 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 MA 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.
Sacred Heart University
Dr. Ono Ekeh is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. Dr. Ekeh received a BS in Business Administration from Daemen College in Amherst, NY. His master's and doctorate degrees in historical and systematic theology are from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. His dissertation was a comparative study of John Henry Newman and Edmund Husserl. Dr. Ekeh and his wife Amy live in Connecticut with their four children.
Jan Dlugosz University
Sebastian Gałecki, Ph.D. in philosophy, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philology and History at the Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa and Lecturer at the Pontifical University in Cracow. Gałecki was a resident scholar at the National Institute for Newman Studies (2009, 2014) and visiting scholar at the University of Notre Dame (2014). He is author of Debate on Conscience: John Henry Newman's Philosophy of Morality (in Polish, Krakow, 2012) and many papers on ethics, bioethics, history of ideas, and political philosophy. He has published on Newman's ethics, theory of conscience, epistemology, and has presented Newman's theory of the development of doctrine as a useful tool for a history of ideas. Currently he is working on a book devoted to a Christian ethics for a post-Christian age, in which he tries to reconcile J. H. Newman's ethics of conscience, Alasdair MacIntyre's virtue ethics, and John Finnis's new natural law theory.
Brian W. Hughes
University of St. Mary
Brian W. Hughes received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston College where he taught for a number of years in the Perspectives Program. Currently, he serves as Professor of the Theology in the Theology and Pastoral Ministry program at the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas. He is author of Saving Wisdom: Theology in the Christian University (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011). He is also co-editor with John Connolly, Newman and Life in the Spirit: Theological Reflections on Spirituality for Today. (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2014). His recent volume, co-edited with Danielle Nussberger, is titled John Henry Newman and the Crisis of Modernity (Lexington/Fortress Academic, 2018).
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 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.
Lipscomb University Austin Center
Stephen Lawson is Assistant Professor of Theology at Lipscomb University Austin Center. He completed his PhD in historical theology from Saint Louis University. His dissertation examined the work of Erik Peterson (1890–1960) in the context of the historicist tradition of German theology and the revolt against historicism associated with Karl Barth. His work has been published in Modern Theology, Newman Studies Journal, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, and elsewhere. His current research primarily focuses on the role of metaphysics in theology, theological responses to historical reasoning, the theology of history, eschatology, political theology, and theological method. His lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Emily and their three sons.
Matthew Levering holds the James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary. He is the author or editor of over forty books on topics of dogmatic, sacramental, moral, historical, and biblical theology. He is the translator of Gilles Emery's The Trinity, and has also translated numerous shorter pieces from French. He co-edits two quarterly journals, Nova et Vetera and International Journal of Systematic Theology, and he also co-edits four scholarly book series at various university presses. Since 2004, he has been a participant in Evangelicals and Catholics Together. From 2007–2016 he served as Chair of the Board of the Academy of Catholic Theology, which he co-founded. He is the Director of Mundelein Seminary's Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine, which regularly hosts colloquia and conferences, and he serves as a Distinguished Fellow of the St. Paul Center.
Ryan "Bud" Marr
Bud Marr is the Academic Dean at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA. He is the author of To Be Perfect Is to Have Changed Often: The Development of John Henry Newman's Ecclesiological Outlook, 1845-1877 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), and has also contributed essays to Newman and Life in the Spirit (Fortress Press, 2014), Learning from All the Faithful (Pickwick, 2016), The Fullness of Divine Worship (CUA Press, 2018), and The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman (Oxford University Press, 2018). His most recent book, Seeking God with Saint John Henry Newman, was published by Our Sunday Visitor in 2020. Dr. Marr's research interests include the life and writings of Newman, ecclesiology, and the reception of conciliar documents.
University of St. Thomas
Mark McInroy received his doctorate in historical and systematic theology from Harvard Divinity School, and after postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge, he accepted a position at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), where he is Associate Professor of Theology. He is the author of Balthasar on the Spiritual Senses: Perceiving Splendour (Oxford University Press, 2014), for which he received in 2015 the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise (formerly the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise), an internationally assessed award administered through the University of Heidelberg. He is co-editor of The Christian Theological Tradition, 4th ed. (Routledge, 2019), Image as Theology: The Power of Art in Shaping Christian Thought, Devotion, and Imagination (Brepols, 2021), and The Oxford Handbook of Hans Urs von Balthasar (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He has interests in modern Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox theologies, especially the modern retrievals and reformulations of patristic, medieval, and Reformation theologoumena. Other areas of interest include theological aesthetics, contemporary philosophy of religion, continental philosophy, mystical theology, philosophies and theologies of perception, ecumenical theology, and East-West relations in Christianity. He has published a number of articles and book chapters on the theological reception of John Henry Newman's thought, particularly Newman's view of the development of doctrine, his model of the relationship between faith and reason, and his understanding of justification and deification.
Pontifical University, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth (Ireland)
Andrew Meszaros is Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (Ireland), where he has been teaching for four years. He holds degrees from Boston College, the University of Oxford, and the Catholic University of Louvain (KU Leuven). He came to Maynooth after a year of post-doctoral research at the University of Vienna. A version of his doctoral dissertation was published as The Prophetic Church: History and Doctrinal Development in John Henry Newman and Yves Congar (OUP, 2016). In addition to Newman studies, his interests include Thomas Aquinas and his nineteenthand twentieth-century interpreters.
Matthew M. Muller
Matt Muller is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Director for Programs at the Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He completed his Ph.D. in historical theology from Saint Louis University in May 2017. His dissertation was on Newman's understanding of biblical inspiration in his Anglican years. He was first introduced to Newman while pursuing a master's degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas, in Minnesota. He wrote his master's thesis under the direction of the late Don Briel on the role of imagination in Newman's writings on education. After graduating from Benedictine in 2006, he served for three years as a missionary with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) at the University of Illinois. He and his wife, Jordan, have three children: Anthony, Owen, and Juliana.
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, 2006–2011, 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 eighteenthand nineteenth-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 (Spring 2014, vol. 90, no. 1). 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 Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman published by Oxford University Press in 2018.
He was the UK Conference Director of the Catholic Record Society, 1995–2007, is on the Council of the Catholic Record Society, helped organize 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
Thomas J. Norris is a priest of the Diocese of Ossory in Ireland. He served on the International Theological Commission for three terms (1998–2003; 2003–2008; 2008–2013). He has been Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Maynooth, Ireland, where he taught for many years. He was Paluch Visiting Professor at Mundelein, Chicago, 2012–2013. His doctoral dissertation at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, was titled The Theological Method of John Henry Newman: A Guide for the Theologian Today (Brill of Leiden, 1977). Fr. Norris is the author of numerous books and articles, including (with Fr Bede McGregor, OP) The Beauty of Christ: An Introduction to the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar (T&T Clark, 1995); A Fractured Relationship: Faith and the Crisis of Culture (Veritas, 2007: New City Press, 2010); Living a Spirituality of Communion (Columba, 2008), American edition; The Trinity: Life of God, Hope for Humanity. Towards a Theology of Communion. Foreword by David C. Tracy (New City Press, 2009): translation into Spanish, Vivir una espiridualidad de Comunion (Ciudad Nueva, Buenos Aires 2014); Cardinal Newman for Today (New City Press, 2011): translation into Polish 2015; Getting Real About Education (Columba, 2007); Theses for a Trinitarian Ontology, being a Translation of Klaus Hemmerle's Thesen zu einer trinitarischen Ontrologie (New City Press Autumn 2018); Only Life gives Life: Revelation, Theology and Spirituality according to Cardinal Newman (Columba, 1996); with Stratford and Leonie Caldecott, Mary in the Mystery. The Woman in whom Divinity and Humanity Rhyme (New City Press, 2012). Fr Norris is currently spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, where he conducts courses on St. John Henry at the Pontifical Beda College and the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Danielle K. Nussberger (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2008) is Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette University. She specializes in systematic theology and spirituality. She has specific interests in the intersection between theology and spirituality, biblical theology, negative theology in the postmodern context, trinitarian theology, and the relationship between faith and reason. She is currently completing a book on Hans Urs von Balthasar's hermeneutic of the saint and writing articles on figures such as John Henry Newman and Jean-Luc Marion. Her future research will include placing Balthasar in dialogue with feminist and liberationist theologies and proposing John of the Cross's contribution to contemporary trinitarian theology.
Notre Dame University
Cyril O'Regan is the Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in systematic and historical theology, with specific interests in the intersection of continental philosophy and theology, religion and literature, mystical theology, and postmodern thought. Professor O'Regan received bachelor's and master's degrees from University College Dublin, and master of arts, master of philosophy, and doctoral degrees from Yale University. Professor O'Regan's most recent book is Anatomy of Misremembering: Von Balthasar's Response to Philosophical Modernity. Volume 1: Hegel. Earlier books include The Heterodox Hegel, Gnostic Return in Modernity and Gnostic Apocalypse: Jacob Boehme's Haunted Narrative. He has published numerous articles on such topics as the nature of tradition, negative theology, the sources of Hegel's thought and Hegel as a theological source.
Thomas Pfau is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English, with secondary appointments in the Department of Germanic Language & Literatures and the Divinity School at Duke University. He has published some fifty essays on literary and philosophical subjects ranging from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, as well as some twenty book reviews. Additionally, he has edited several essay collections and special journal issues, as well as two volumes of writings by Hölderlin and Schelling in English translation. His more recent monographs include Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy, 1790–1840 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005) and Minding the Modern: Intellectual Traditions, Human Agency, and Responsible Knowledge (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013). Most recently, he co-edited a special issue of Stanford Republic of Letters and an essay collection on Judgment & Action (Northwestern).
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 nineteenthand twentieth-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).
James M. Pribek, SJ, is an associate professor of English at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, specializing in modern Irish literature. For fourteen years he worked at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where in addition to providing a wide range of English courses, he taught in the Honors and Catholic Studies Programs. He hold degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gonzaga University, and Weston Jesuit School of Theology. His doctoral dissertation at University College Dublin (2005) traced the influence of Cardinal Newman on James Joyce; since then he has researched, presented, and published on Newman's influence on other notable 19th and 20th century Irish, British, and American writers. He has taught in Dublin, Seattle, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He also assists in parishes and campus ministries.
Víctor García Ruiz
University of Navarra, Spain
Víctor García Ruiz (Madrid, 1959) is Professor of Spanish at the University of Navarra, Spain. His main concern in Newman studies has been making him better known in the Spanish-speaking world. Alone and with others, he has published editions and translations of Newman’s Works, which were much needed in the early 1990s. These include his novels Perder y ganar (1994), and Calixta (1998); and key works such as Apologia pro Vita Sua (1996), Carta al Duque de Norfolk (1996), his sermons: Esperando a Cristo (1996), Sermones parroquiales (8 vols. 2007–2015), and La idea de la Universidad: temas universitarios tratados en lecciones y ensayos ocasionales (2014). Ruiz’s keen interest in Newman’s letter-writing has produced Cartas y diarios (1996), Suyo con afecto: autobiografía epistolar de John Henry Newman (2002), and John Henry Newman: el viaje al Mediterráneo de 1833 (2019). His latest book is a post-canonisation biography, San John Henry Newman: ensayo biográfico (San Pablo, 2020).
Seton Hall University
C. Michael Shea completed his undergraduate work at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and later earned an MA and Ph.D. in historical theology at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is the author of the book Newman's Early Roman Catholic Legacy 1845–1854, published by Oxford University Press in 2017, as well as numerous articles and essays on Newman and other topics related to nineteenth and twentieth-century theology. Dr. Shea serves as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of the Core at Seton Hall University.
Charles J. T. Talar
University of St. Thomas, Houston
Charles J. T. Talar is Professor of Church History at the Graduate School of Theology, University of Saint Thomas, Houston, TX. He has published extensively in Roman Catholic Modernism and in nineteenth-century theology more broadly. Currently he serves as vice-president of the Société Internationale d'Etudes sur Alfred Loisy, a Related Scholarly Organization of the American Academy of Religion.
Mary Katherine Tillman
University of Notre Dame
Mary Katherine Tillman is Professor Emerita in the Program of Liberal Studies, the University of Notre Dame's Great Books Program, in which she has taught since 1973. She served as assistant provost of the university and in 1985 received the Charles E. Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has taught and lectured in academic venues nationally and internationally on the thought of Cardinal Newman with particular interest in his educational theory, his epistemology, and his views on the faith-reason relation. Her publications on Newman's life and thought appear in many academic journals and scholarly books, in electronic publications (2011, 1993), and most recently, in her book John Henry Newman: Man of Letters (Marquette 2015). With Notre Dame Press, she has published introductory monographs for reprints of two of Newman's works, Rise and Progress of Universities and Benedictine Essays (2001) and Fifteen Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford (1997). She is board member emerita in the St John Henry Newman Association.