Department of Theology

News in Brief

Dr. Greenspoon receives the 2020 University Research Award.

Dr. Miller receives the College of Arts and Science's 2020 Dedication to Mission Award

Colleen Hastings (Program Administrator) receives the College of Arts and Science's 2020 Staff Award

Dr. O'Keefe receives the inaugural Kingfisher Award.


Feb. 13-14: Kripke Center Symposium on Religion and the New Politics, Skutt 105.

Mar. 27: National Undergraduate Theology Research Conference.

Apr. 20, 5:00pm: Lawler Lecture, "Must We Forgive Sexually Abusive Clergy? A Christian Perspective," by Dr. Stephen Pope (Boston College), in Harper 3023.

Theology Programs

Theology BA Theology Minor
Ministry MA Christian Spirituality MA

Affiliate Programs

Women and Gender Studies Sustainability Justice and Society African Studies
Kripke Center Virtual World

Dr. O'Keefe receives the inaugural Kingfisher Award in September 2019. The annual award is given to faculty or staff who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to the enduring values, principles, and practices of the humanities as they relate to the work and activities of Creighton University, and who embody the Jesuit tradition of "contemplation in action."

Mission Statement

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:

  1. A Christian inspiration not only of individuals but of the university community as such.
  2. A continuing reflection in the light of the Catholic faith upon the growing treasury of human knowledge, to which it seeks to contribute by its own research.
  3. Fidelity to the Christian message as it comes to us through the church.
  4. An institutional commitment to the service of the people of God and of the human family in their pilgrimage to the transcendent goal which gives meaning to life (para. 13).

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."

Contact Us:

Department Chair
Dr. John O'Keefe (Professor of Theology)

Office Manager
Ms. Chloe Meyer
Humanities Center-Dowling Hall