The Breen Chair was inaugurated in 2011 through a generous endowment gift from Jack '56 and Mary Jane '91, '94G Breen. The Chair enhances our Jesuit and Catholic tradition through the teaching of Catholic systematic theology, an academic discipline that seeks to develop an orderly, rational, and intelligible account of the Catholic faith.
The Breen Chair serves students through the creation and teaching of courses in Catholic theology. Recent course offerings include: Contemporary Catholic Theology, Saints & Society, Catholicism in a Digital Age, Sacraments, Understanding Church, What Happened at Vatican II, Jesus in Film & History, and Teaching Theology. Click here for full course listings.
The Breen Chair sponsors various lectures, panels, and programs on campus. Recent Breen events have dealt with topics that include: responding to the refugee crisis, Jesus according to Islam, Justice and the Family, the church and social media, and Catholic-atheist dialogue.
The Breen Chair sponsors an annual workshop for high school theology teachers and hosts a podcast series on teaching theology.
The author or co-editor of five books — including A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium and Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers. He is currently a delegate to the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue.
Theology & Religious Studies
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