As a Department of Theology within a Catholic university we are committed to implementing the four essential characteristics of a Catholic university described in the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities Ex Corde Ecclesiae.
Since the objective of a Catholic university is to assure in an institutional manner a Christian presence in the university world confronting the great problems of society and culture, every Catholic university, as Catholic, must have the following essential characteristics:
And as a department within a Jesuit university we seek to respond to the directive given by St. Ignatius of Loyola in The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus.
Since the end of the Society and of its studies is to aid our fellow men and women to the knowledge and love of God and to the salvation of their souls; and since the branch of theology is the means most suitable to this end, in the universities of the Society the principal emphasis ought to be put upon it (Part Four, Chapter Twelve).
The department understands theology in its classical Anselmian expression as "faith seeking understanding."
Julia Fleming, Ph.D.
Humanities Center-Dowling Hall