Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies


IPS approved for membership in Catholic Health Association

IPS approved for membership in Catholic Health Association

Comprised of more than 600 hospitals and 1,400 long-term care and other health facilities in all 50 states, the Catholic Health Association joins together the largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the nation. As an organization, the CHA plays an important national role in political advocacy, transformative development, inter-organizational cooperation, and fellowship. 

As a member of the Catholic Health Association, IPS hopes to draw on its principles of ministry, spiritual leadership, faith-based social engagement, ethics, and service, to join in raising a collective passionate voice for compassionate care in America. IPS Professor Therese Lysaught, who specializes in Catholic moral theology and health care ethics, had this to say about the membership: "We welcome this new opportunity to build on our long-time partnerships with CHA and to support the important work they do to advance the Catholic health care ministry by helping to train the next generation of Mission Leaders, chaplains, and ethicists for Catholic health care.” Along with Dr. Lysaught and all the faculty, staff, and students of IPS, we welcome this exciting development.

IPS New Digital Communication Concentration in MAPS

IPS New Digital Communication Concentration in MAPS

Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies is pleased to announce a new concentration available to students beginning fall 2015: Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree with a Concentration in Digital Communication.

The first program of its kind in the US, the Concentration in Digital Communication combines courses from Loyola's IPS and its School of Communication. As the contemporary world—and with it, today’s Church—is ever more driven and influenced by content delivered through digital platforms and social media, it is critical that pastoral leaders be skilled in the use of the newest tools for effective evangelization and outreach.

This degree concentration will allow students to hone their communication skills and learn best practices for using digital media in the dissemination of parish/congregation/diocese news, events, and the message of the Gospel in order to reach a wider audience than is possible through, but doesn't exclude, “legacy” print and broadcast media.

Earlier this year, IPS hosted a launch event featuring a panel discussion to introduce and celebrate this new concentration.

After opening remarks from Archbishop Blase Cupich, the event was moderated by Don Wycliff, distinguished journalist in residence at Loyola University Chicago. Wycliff was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 1996, has been inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame and received a lifetime achievement award from the Chicago Journalists Association. He was also a long time editor for the Chicago Tribune and is a nationally recognized expert on ethics.

Panelists for this event include four prominent leaders in Catholicism’s “digital revolution”:

  • Bishop Christopher Coyne (@bishopcoyne)—On his 2011 appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Indianapolis, then Fr. Coyne became global Catholicism’s first blogging priest to become a bishop. In the time since, Bishop Coyne has expanded his digital ministry to podcasting, Facebook and Twitter—an outreach which saw him featured on the Today show. A former director of communications for the Archdiocese of Boston and a host on the CatholicTV cable network in late 2014, the US bishops elected Bishop Coyne as chair of their Communications Committee.
  • Rocco Palmo (@roccopalmo)—The voice behind the influential Whispers in the Loggia news blog site and a former US correspondent for the London-based international Catholic weekly The Tablet, he's been a church analyst for mainstream print and broadcast outlets including the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, BBC, CNN, and National Public Radio. In 2011, Palmo co-chaired the Vatican’s first-ever conference on social media, convened by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and Social Communications, and guided the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' national seminar on the "digital church" in 2012.
  • Kerry Weber (@Kerry_Weber)—Currently the managing editor of the Jesuits' America Magazine in New York, frequently appears as a co-host on"America This Week," a weekly radio program, The Catholic Channel. She is a recipient of Catholic Relief Services' Egan Journalism Fellowship recognizing excellence in the Catholic media. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Providence College in Rhode Island, she is a former associate editor for Catholic Digest and The Catholic Observer, as well as a onetime TV producer and reporter, Weber’s account of daily spirituality for the Millennial generation, Mercy in the City, was recently published by Loyola Press.
  • Fr. Manuel Dorantes (@TweetingPriest)—Known affectionately around Chicago as "Fr. Manny," he is “La Voz del Vaticano” (“The Vatican’s Voice”) as the Holy See Press Office’s chief liaison for Spanish-speaking media. A priest of the Chicago archdiocese and MBA candidate at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Dorantes is a veteran of NBC and Univision and can now be heard worldwide via Vatican Radio as its Spanish narrator and translator for major papal events.

Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies Tweets the Bible

Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies Tweets the Bible

Throughout the day (midnight to midnight), on Tuesday, September 30, those who follow Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies on Twitter at @LoyolaIPS, or those who follow the #IPSBible hashtag, will receive 96 specially selected verses, highlighting the story of our salvation spanning the entire Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. This is the third year that the institute is working in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine on this project.

September 30 is the ancient liturgical observance of the feast of St. Jerome, the renowned translator of the Latin Vulgate. “As Jerome translated the Bible into a common language of his day, our institute is translating the Bible to a common language of our own day,” said Brian Schmisek, PhD, director and associate professor of Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. “We hope that by tweeting the Bible we generate interest in the Bible itself, the NABRE edition, in particular, and perhaps provide a bit of inspiration.”

Released by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine on March 9, 2011, the NABRE is the culmination of nearly 20 years of work by a group of nearly 100 scholars and theologians, including bishops, revisers, and editors. The NABRE includes a newly revised translation of the entire Old Testament, along with the 1986 edition of the New Testament.

To receive the scriptural tweets on September 30, please follow Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies on Twitter at @LoyolaIPS, or follow the #IPSBible hashtag.

IPS partners with Catholic Extension to offer "Certificate in Parish Health and Wellness"

IPS partners with Catholic Extension to offer "Certificate in Parish Health and Wellness"

Participating Dioceses will receive funding up to the total value of $4,600 per student. Upon completion, participating students will receive a Certificate in Parish Health and Wellness, and will be also entitled to ongoing faculty support at IPS. The deadline for applications for the one-week intensive program (October 18 – 23, 2015) is Friday, April 24th. Please follow the link for more information or contact Erika Cedrone, the Director of Mission at Catholic Extension, ecedrone@catholicextension.org, 617-817-2907.

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Institute Awarded 40 Merit-Based Scholarships to Students from Across the Nation

Institute Awarded 40 Merit-Based Scholarships to Students from Across the Nation

Each year Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies awards certain students merit-based scholarships to help them with their academic success and with their mission to better the community.

“Due to the generosity of many benefactors, we can provide these scholarships to our students so upon graduation they can make a meaningful difference unencumbered by high levels of debt. We believe the world needs our students,” said Brian Schmisek, director of Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. “These scholarships reflect the hope and promise we see in them and their bright futures.”

The institute awards scholarships to students in recognition of outstanding achievement in previous leadership or ministerial initiatives and their academic work. Merit awards cover a portion of for-credit tuition for the duration of the academic year in a degree program at the institute. Some of the scholarships offered include:

  • Deacon WP Worden Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Richard C. and Rosemary K. Leach Endowed Scholarship
  • Blanche Marie Gallagher B. V. M. Endowed Scholarship
  • Joan G. & Leonard D. Richman Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Ginny Lynch Memorial Scholarship

The recipients of these scholarships are prime examples of the institute’s mission: to provide transformative education for ministry, spiritual leadership and faith-based social engagement, delivering high-quality professional education characterized by innovation, excellence, leadership, ethics, and service.

A few of these outstanding students include:

Maryann Kowalsky, Deacon WP Worden Memorial Endowed Scholarship

At a time when many people are considering retirement, Kowalsky, 59, is seeking her third master’s degree. Expected to graduate in 2016, Kowalsky, is currently a full time first grade public school teacher in an inner city school district and is an active member in her home parish. In fact, it was her pastor who directed her toward Loyola University Chicago.

Shane Tytenicz, Richard C. and Rosemary K. Leach Endowed Scholarship

Tytenicz is currently balancing his work in the business world with his pursuit of education at IPS. He welcomes the challenge of transitioning from a full time business career to a new vocation in pastoral counseling.

Over the years, he has facilitated retreats for men struggling with addiction and homelessness. Through this ministry at the Ignation Spirituality Project, he began to realize he was being called to counsel suffering people on a full-time basis.

Elizabeth Reardon, Richard C. and Rosemary K. Leach Endowed Scholarship

Expected to graduate in 2015, Reardon began her journey to further explore her own passion for learning and faith development, but her path evolved into a yearning to share and awaken faith in others.  

“Through my experience at Loyola, I have gained both knowledge, and the tools to critically explore and embrace the faith, as well as endless creative ways to engage others in their journey.” 

Zero Minute Commute

Zero Minute Commute

Did you know that you can pursue a pastoral graduate-level education at IPS solely online? Our MA in Pastoral Studies - Four Concentrations, MA in Health Care Mission Leadership, and MA in Spirituality: Contemporary Spirituality, can be pursued completely online from your first class to the conferring of your degree! 

We put just as much care and concern into our online learning curricula as we put into our on campus courses. All of our full-time faculty teach courses online, and we consistently keep our technology up-to-date and user friendly. For more information about online learning at IPS, check out our Online Learning Hub

Books Written by IPS Graduates

Books Written by IPS Graduates

Carole M. Eipers (1980, M.P.S.)

Tabletalk: Story Sharing for Families (with Nicholas R. Eipers).  Kansas City, MO: Sheed and Ward, 1997.

Sending Out Roots: Helping Parents and Teachers to Share the Faith. Dublin, Ireland: Veritas Publications, 2010.

Wade Don’t Dive: Feeling Comfortable and Confident in Your Role as a Catechist.  New London, CT: Twenty Third Publications, 2014.

Resource and Review Book for Growing with the Catholic Faith. NY: Sadlier, 1986.         

Michael Fitzgibbons (2001, M.P.S.)

My Senior Year. San Jose, Calif.: Writer’s Showcase, 2001.

Martin E. Folan (1994, M.P.S.)

From Impossible to I’m Possible. North Carolina: Professional Press, 1998.

Peter Gilmour ( 1971, M.R.E.)

A Companion to Pastoral Care of the Sick (with Michael Ahlstrom et al). Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training Publications, 1990.

The Emerging Pastor : Non-Ordained Catholic Pastors. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1986.

Growing in Courage. Winona, Minn.: Saint Mary’s Press/Christian Brothers Publications, 1998.

Now and at the Hour of our Death : Instructions Concerning My Death and Funeral. Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training Publications, 1989.

Praying Together. Winona, Minn.: St. Mary’s College Press, 1978.

The Wisdom of Memoir: Reading and Writing Life’s Sacred Texts. Winona, Minn.: Saint Mary’s Press, 1997.

The Emerging Church: Teacher Manual. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown, 1981.

Journeys in Ministry: Nine Memoirs from Around the World (with Patricia O’Connell Killen) eds.. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1989.

Paula Payne Hardin (1986, M.P.S.)

Love After Love : Stages of Loving. Novato, Calif.; [Emeryville, CA]: New World Library ; Distributed to the trade by Publisher Group West, 1996.

What are You Doing with the Rest of Your Life?: Choices in Midlife. San Rafael, CA: New World Library, 1992.

Kathy Heskin (1993, M.Div.)

Marriage, a Spiritual Journey. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2002.

Peter Holland (1979, M R.E.)

Catholic Schools and the Common Good (with Anthony S. Bryk and Valerie E. Lee). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993).

Mary Ellen Hynes (2000, M.P.S.)

At Home with the Word 2009. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2009.

A Sourcebook about Sunday (with Paul F. Ford and J. Michael Thompson) Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 20xx)

Companion to the Calendar, Second Edition (with Kathy Coffey et al). Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 20xx)

Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints and Mysteries of the Christian Calendar. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2007.

Theresa S. Kastner, MM (1984, M.P.S.)

Seeking Understanding Choosing Life: Enneagram – A Healing Journey. Kaoshsiung, Gtaiwan.

Earnest Larsen (1972, M.R.E.)

Good Old Plastic Jesus. Liguori, Mo.: Liguorian Books, 1968.

Michael J. Maher (1999, M.P.S)

Being Gay and Lesbian in a Catholic High School : Beyond the Uniform. New York: Harrington Park Press, 2001.

The Educational Philosophy of the American Catholic Hierarchy in the 20th Century : An Analysis of Vatican and American Official Statements. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2005.

Graziano Marcheschi ( 1995, M.Div.)

Celebrating Liturgy, 1990, Cycle A: Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers. Chicago, Ill.: Liturgy Training Publications, 1990.

Scripture at Weddings : Choosing and Proclaiming the Word of God. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1992.

Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers. Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training Publications, 1989.

Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers, Year C 1992. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1991.

Jonah, the Reluctant Prophet. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 1990.

Wheat and Weeds and the Wolf of Gubbio : Stories and Prayers for People Who Pray and People Who Don’t. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1994.

Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word 2010 Usa: Nab. [S.l.]: Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training Publications, 2009.

Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Work 2012. [S.l.]: Liturgy Training Pubns, 2012.

The Way of the Cross (with Michael A. Cymbala). Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 1992.

Celebrating Liturgy, 1989, Cycle C : Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers (with Nancy Seitz Marcheschi). Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training Publications, 1989.

Julie D. Massey (1999, M Div.)

Project Holiness: Marriage as a Workshop for Everyday Saints (with Bridget Burke Ravizza). Liturgical Press, 2015.

Joseph R. McClorry (1978, M.R.E.)

The Call to Holiness: The Way of the Learning Disabled. Liverpool: Tau, 1995.

Talking to God: A Primary Schools Assembly Book. Langley, Bucks: St. Paul Publications, 1967.

Ruth (Marie Elise) McDonell. I.H.M. (1969, M.R.E.)

So You’re Having an Adolescent (ed.). Chicago, IL: Peacock Books Argus Communications, 1970.

Kevin E. O’Connor (1992, M.P.S.)

10 Steps to Successful Time Management (with Cyndi Maxey). Alexandria, Va.: ASTD, 2010.

Present Like a Pro: The Field Guide to Mastering the Art of Business, Professional, and Public Speaking. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006.

Speak Up!: A Woman’s Guide to Presenting Like a Pro. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008. Print.

No Turning Back : A Lay Perspective on Ministry in the Catholic Church in the United States. (with the National Association for Lay Ministry (U.S.) and Granziano Marcheshi). Chicago, IL: National Association for Lay Ministry, 1996.

When All Else Fails: Finding Solutions to Your most Persistent Management Problems (with Frank Bucaro). Elgin, IL: Ritmar Pub., 1992.

Handbook for Ministers of Care (with Genevieve Glen and Marilyn Kofler). Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training Publications, 1997.

Robert T. O’Gorman (1971, M.R.E.)

The Church that was a School: Catholic Identity and Catholic Education in the United States since 1790: A Monograph on the History of Catholic Education in the United States. Catholic Education Futures Project. 1987.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Catholicism (with Mary Faulkner). Indianapolis, IN: Alpha Books, 2000.

The Church in the Education of the Public: Refocusing the Task of Religious Education (with Jack Seymour and Charles R. Foster). Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1984.

Social Work and Divinity (with Daniel B. Lee) New York: Haworth Social Work Practice Press: Haworth Pastoral Press, 2005.

Joe Paprocki (1985, M.P.S.)

Tools for Teaching: Classroom Tips for Catechists. Mystic, CT: Twenty Third Publications, 1997.

Jesus, Should I Follow You? (Developing Faith Series) IN: Ave Maria Press, 1999.

In the Beginning (Developing Faith Series). Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2001.

God’s Library: A Catholic Introduction to the World’s Greatest Book. Chicago, Loyola Press, 2005.

Six Weeks with the Bible Amos, Hosea and Micah: A Call to Justice. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2006.

The Bible Blueprint” A Catholic’s Guide to Understanding and Embracing God’s Word. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2009.

Seven Steps to Great Religion Classes (with Gwen Costello) Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1998.

The Bible Blueprint : A Catholic’s Guide to Understanding and Embracing God’s Word. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2009.

God’s Library : A Catholic Introduction to the World’s Greatest Book. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2005.

Bringing Catechesis and Liturgy Together (with D. Todd Williamson). Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2002.

7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness : Enriching Your Faith by Strengthening the Health of Your Soul. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2012.

The Catechist’s Toolbox : How to Thrive as a Religious Education Teacher : Skills, Tips, and Practical Advice You can use Today. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2007.

Empowering the Catechist Skills and Techniques for Effective Teaching. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1995.

Practice Makes Catholic: Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2011.

Renewing Your Ministry: Walking with Jesus in all that You do. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2000.

Welcome to God’s Library Introducing Catholics to the Bible. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2000.

A Well-Built Faith : A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing what we Believe. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2008.

You Give them Something to Eat : Ministering when You Think You can’t. Notre Dame, IN.: Ave Maria Press, 1998.

Living the Mass: How One Hour a Week can Change Your Life (with Dominic Grassi). Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2005.

The Catechist’s Toolbox: How to Thrive As a Religion Education Teacher. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2007.

Richard Reichert (1971, M.R.E.)

Gifts and Promises. Dubuque, IA: Brown Publishing-ROA Media, 1989.

Growing Within, Changing Without.  Dubuque, IA: Brown Publishing-ROA Media, 1989.

Insights into New Creation: For Parents and Teachers Using the New Creation Series.  Dubuque, IA: Religious Education Division, W.C. Brown,1987.

New Creation People.  Dubuque, IA: Brown Publishing-ROA Media, 1989.

On Our Way.  Dubuque, IA: Brown Publishing-ROA Media, 1989.

Renewing Catechetical Ministry: A Future Agenda.  New York: Paulist Press, 2002.

Self-awareness through Group Dynamics.  Dayton, Ohio: G. A. Pflaum, 1970.

Simulation Games for Religious Education.  Winona, MN: St. Mary’s College Press, 1975.

 Sarah Reichert (1975, M.R.E.)

 In Wisdom and the Spirit: A Religious Education Program for those over Sixty-five. New York: Paulist Press, 1976.

John Ross, Jr. (1998, M.P.S.)

Goat Troubles: And Other Chicago Poems. [S.l.]: Xlibris Corp, 2010.

Ode to Boston Neighborhoods : The Emerald Necklace,Bunker on the Hill, and Other Tanka-Cantos. [S.l.]: Xlibris Corp, 2011.

Tao Te Ching: The Way of Virtue in Leadership and Life. Xlibris Corporation, 2012.

American Haiku: Fifty-Stars, Fifty-States: plus the District of Columbia. Xlibris, 2012.

Where the Designer Came From: Evolution, Creation, Hominids and the Skirmish of the Double Helix. XLibris: 2012.

Larry Schatz, F.S.C. (1988, M.P.S.)

Brothers : An Inside Look. Winona, MN: Saint Mary’s Press, 2002.

Holger Schlageter (1997, M.P.S.)

Verlorene Spiritualität, Matthias-Grünewald-Verlag, 2004.

Und Gott trägt einen blauen Pullover. Matthias-Grünewald-Verlag, 2004.

Love Academy (zusammen mit Patrick Hinz). Knaur-Verlag, 2006.

Die liebe Familie (zusammen mit Patrick Hinz). Knaur-Verlag, 2007.

Führen mit Zielen. Präsenz-Verlag, 2008.

Das Geheimnis gelassener Erziehung.Krüger-Verlag, 2009.

Philip Schotzko (1982, M.P.S.)

Simple Faith: Stories from Guatemala. Kansas City, MO: Sheed and Ward, 1989.

John Surette, S.J. (1971, M.R.E.)

The Divine Dynamic. Chicago, Il: ACTA Pubs., 2010.

Laura Sumner Truax (2001, M. A.; 2003, M Div.)

Undone : When Coming Apart Puts You Back Together. Downers Grove, IL: InterVaristy Press, 2013

Mary Jo Tully (1969, M.R.E.)

Church : A Faith-Filled People. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Co., Religious Education Division, 1982.

Psalms, Faith Songs for the Faith-Filled. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Co., 1982.

Nzuzi T. Udoye (2008, M.A.)

The Woman in Me: The Struggles of an African Woman to Discover Her Identity and Authority.

Dr. Jean-Pierre Fortin accepts the position of Assistant Professor of Spirituality

Dr. Jean-Pierre Fortin accepts the position of Assistant Professor of Spirituality

IPS is pleased to announce that Dr. Jean-Pierre Fortin has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Spirituality. Dr. Fortin completed his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto. He also holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Philosophy of Science and Nature) from Université Laval (Quebec City)/ Université de Namur (Belgium), and an STL from Regis College in Toronto. He is a member of the Roman Catholic-Lutheran Church-Canada dialogue and enjoys significant experience in academic circles. In addition to a solid academic background, Dr. Fortin is a gifted teacher who brings the fruit of his scholarship to the classroom.  

Many thanks to the search committee (Dr. Therese Lysaught, chair, Dr. Bill Schmidt, Dr. Marian Diaz, Ms. Gina Lopez), the students, alumni, faculty, and many others who participated in this process to bring such an outstanding faculty member to join Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies.

Dr. Heidi Russell promoted to Associate Professor

Dr. Heidi Russell promoted to Associate Professor

Dr. Russell began her career with IPS in 2008, accepting a position as a Clinical Instructor. Two years later after a national search, she was hired as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, and has developed a well-earned reputation as a gifted teacher. Dr. Russell brings solid scholarship and pastoral experience to the classroom, whether in Chicago or overseas, having taught with IPS in Kenya and in Rome, Italy. Besides serving for six years as Director of Christian Formation at a parish, Dr. Russell holds an M.Div from Washington Theological Union and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Marquette University. In addition to a number of peer-reviewed articles, conference papers, and scores of parish presentations, she has written two books, the most recent of which is Quantum Shift: Theological and Pastoral Implications of Contemporary Developments in Science (Liturgical Press, 2015).

To celebrate this achievement, IPS will host an open house on Thursday, April 28 from 11:30 – 1:30 at Beane Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Dr. Timone Davis accepts position as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology

Dr. Timone Davis accepts position as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology

IPS is pleased to announce that Dr. Timone Davis has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, with an emphasis in Black Catholic Theology. Dr. Davis will bring tremendous expertise and experience to her new role. She has been an instructor at IPS first as an adjunct, then as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She was also the Associate Director and an Instructor at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. For nearly ten years she was the Coordinator of Reclaiming Christ in Life (ReCiL) at the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is a beloved teacher and an engaging story-teller, which was the focus of her Doctor of Ministry degree at Catholic Theological Union, “My Story-Your Story: African-American Storytelling as a Method of Catechesis for Catholic Young Adults.” Dr. Davis is also a popular speaker at several national conferences each year. We are proud to welcome her to this tenure track position at the Institute of Pastoral Studies.