Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Faculty & Staff

M. Therese Lysaught, PhD

Title/s: Professor

Office #: WTC-LT #640

Phone: 312.915.7485

E-mail: mlysaught@luc.edu

External Webpage: https://works.bepress.com/mthereselysaught/


In addition to consulting with health care systems on issues surrounding mission, theology, and ethics, Dr. Lysaught's major research foci have included the anointing of the sick, genetics, gene therapy, human embryonic stem cell research and issues at the end-of-life. Her current research involves four books and projects:

  • Chasing After Virtue: Neuroscience, Economics, and the Biopolitics of Morality (University of Notre Dame Press, with Jeffrey P. Bishop, M.D., Ph.D., and Andrew Michel, M.D., forthcoming).  Funded by the Science of Virtue Program of the Arete Foundation at the University of Chicago, it examines the cultural and economic constructions of contemporary neurosciences through its account of virtue.
  • Catholic Social Bioethics (co-editor Michael P. McCarthy, Ph.D. Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine) brings together 27 scholars and practitioners in Catholic health care to reimagine Catholic bioethics through the lens of Catholic social thought.
  • Anointing of the Sick and the Theo-Political Economy of Medicine (Eerdmans, forthcoming) reexamines medicine and medical ethics through the lens of the sacramental practice of anointing of the sick.
  • The Human Powered Nebulizer Project, a global health project designed to address significant burden of respiratory conditions among the poor in developing contexts.

In addition to authoring over 50 articles/book chapters and presenting over 100 invited lectures, she has served as an advisor to the Catholic Health Association, on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Catholic Moral Theology, The Other Journal, and Cascade Press as a member of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) at the National Institutes of Health (1995-1998), as a member of the advisory boards for the Program of Dialogue Between Science, Religion, and Ethics at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); and from 2008–2011, as a member of the U.S. Catholic-Episcopal Theological Consultation under the aegis of the USCCB.


  • Duke University, 1992, Ph.D. In Religion (Theological Ethics)
  • University of Notre Dame, 1986, M.A. In Theology
  • Hope College, 1985, B.S. In Chemistry

Program Areas

  • Moral Theology
  • Theological Ethics
  • Health Care Ethics
  • Catholic Health Care
  • Global Health

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • Catholic Health Association
  • The Ekklesia Project

Courses Taught

  • IPS 553, Christian Ethics and Moral Theology
  • IPS 655, Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice
  • IPS 596, Dying Well


  • 2008 Catholic Press Association, Theology (Third Place Honors) for Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective (Eerdmans, 2007)

Selected Publications



  • Issue editor, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 41, no. 6 (December 2016).  Special issue on The Anticipatory Corpse, by Jeffrey P. Bishop.  Published online before print October 2016.
  • "Geographies and Accompaniment: An Ecclesial Re-Ordering of the Art of Dying," Studies in Christian Ethics 29, no. 3 (August 2016): 286–293.  Published online before print April 22, 2016, doi: 10.1177/0953946816642977.
  • "Clinically Integrated Networks: A Cooperation Analysis," Health Care Ethics: USA 23, no. 4 (Fall 2015): 6-10.
  • "Roman Catholic Teaching on International Debt: Toward a New Methodology for
  • Catholic Social Ethics and Moral Theology," Journal of Moral Theology.  4, no. 2 (June 2015): 1-17.
  • “Characterization of a Human Powered Nebulizer Compressor for Resource Poor Settings.” With Christopher J. Hallberg, Christopher E. Zmudka, William K. Kopesky, Lars E. Olson.  BME Online (16 June 2014) 13:77. doi:10.1186/1475-925X-13-77.
  • "Treatment of Asthma Exacerbations with the Human-Powered Nebuliser: A Randomised Clinical Trial."  With Christopher J Hallberg, René Antonio Najarro, Fausto Cea Gil, Clara Villatoro, Ana Celia Diaz de Uriarte, and Lars E Olson. npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine 24, Article number: 14016 (26 June 2014); doi:10.1038/npjpcrm.2014.16.
  • “Reverse Innovation from the Least of Our Neighbors: Community Health Workers and U.S. Health Care,” Health Progress 94, no. 1 (Jan/Feb 2013): 45-52.
  • “Moral Analysis of a Procedure at Phoenix Hospital,” Origins 40, no. 33 (January 27, 2011): 537-547.
  • “Docile Bodies: Transnational Research Ethics as Biopolitics,” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34, 2009, pp. 384-408.
  • “Medicine as Friendship with God:  Anointing the Sick as a Theological Hermeneutic,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 29, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2009): 171-192.
  • “Practicing the Order of Widows: A New Call for an Old Vocation,” Christian Bioethics 11 (April 2005): 51-68.
  • "Respect: or, how respect for persons became respect for autonomy." Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 29, no. 6 (December 2004): 665-680.
  • "Witnessing Christ in Their Bodies: Martyrs and Ascetics as Doxological Disciples."  Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 20 (2000): 239-262.
  • * “Eucharist as Basic Training: Liturgy, Ethics, and the Body." In Theology and Lived Christianity, edited by David M. Hammond, 257-286.   Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2000.

Chapters in Books

  • "Catholicism in the Neonatal Context: Belief, Practice, Challenge, Hope." In Religious Perspectives and Neonatal Medicine, edited by Ron Green and George Little.  In press, 2017.
  • "Sr. Mary Stella Simpson," Can I Get a Witness? Stories of Christian Radicals in America, 1900-2014.  Publisher TBD (forthcoming 2017).  In conjunction with the Project on Lived Theology/University of Virginia and The Other Journal.  Forthcoming 2017.
  • “Ritual – A Framework for Ritual at the Deathbed.” In Dying in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Lydia Dugdale.  MIT Press, 2015: 67-86.
  • “Suffering in Communion With Christ: Sacraments, Dying Faithfully, and End of Life Care.” In Living Well and Dying Faithfully: Christian Practices for End-of-Life Care, edited by Richard Payne, M.D., and John Swinton, B.S.N., Ph.D.  59-85.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
  • "From the Challenge of Peace to the Gift of Peace: Re-reading the Consistent Ethic of Life as an Ethic of Peacemaking." In The Consistent Ethic of Life: Assessing Its Reception and Relevance, ed. Tom Nairn.  109-131.  Mahwah, NJ: Orbis, 2008.
  • “Love and Liturgy.” In Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective, edited by David Matzko McCarthy and M. Therese Lysaught.  24-42.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
  • “Love your Enemies: Toward a Christoform Bioethic.” In Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective, edited by David Matzko McCarthy and M. Therese Lysaught.  307-328.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
  • “And Power Corrupts…: Theology and the Disciplinary Matrix of Bioethics."  In Handbook of Bioethics and Religion, edited by David Guinn.  93-123.  Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • "Memory, Funerals, and the Communion of Saints." In Growing Old in Christ, edited by Stanley Hauerwas, Carole Stoneking, Keith Meador, and David Cloutier, 267-301.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.

Comments from Students:
"Thanks again for a great semester. I am just always amazed by how you create community in these online sessions.  Somehow you create an atmosphere whereby we all feel heard and affirmed.  And yet, you don’t shy away from challenging our assumptions and you never leave us where we started.  I am so grateful.”

"I truly enjoyed your class on many different levels.  It has been an inspiration to me to serve the world and make a difference.  In three years at Loyola, you were my favorite teacher.  Your passion, commitment, empathy, heart, and soul were a blessing to all of us.”

“Thank you for a wonderful class and for your constant encouragement which means the world to me.”