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Flannery Next Holder of Waite Chair

the Rev. Kevin Flannery, SJThe next holder of Creighton University’s Anna and Donald Waite Endowed Chair in Jesuit Education for the 2020-2021 academic year is the Rev. Kevin Flannery, SJ. The appointment was announced by Creighton’s president, the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, at the Founders Day Convocation on campus Feb. 4.

A renowned professor, author and lecturer, Fr. Flannery’s areas of academic expertise include the ethics of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas and Christian morality. He is a professor of the history of ancient philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, both in Rome, and the author of many articles and several books on logic and ethics, including Christian and Moral Action and Action and Character According to Aristotle: The logic of the moral life. His most recent work, published in late 2019, is Cooperation with Evil: Thomistic Tools of Analysis.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Fr. Flannery entered the Society of Jesus in 1977. He began teaching at the Gregorian University in 1992 and was appointed a Consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2002 by Pope John Paul II, a position he still holds today.

The Gregorian University is an ecclesiastical, pontifical and Jesuit university at the service of the Church around the world. Animated by the Ignatian spirit, it promotes interdisciplinary education and is distinctly international, with professors and students from some 120 countries.

In 2006-2007, Fr. Flannery was a visiting fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture at Notre Dame University; his connection with the center, now named the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, continues to this day.

He is also a past president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

The Waite Chair in Jesuit Education was established in 2011 by Donald Waite, BSC’54, and his wife, Anna, to augment the Jesuit presence on the Creighton campus. The Waite Chair sponsors visiting Jesuits who pursue writing, research and teaching on law, philosophy, business ethics, health care and more, opening doors for learning across international borders and cultural divides.


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