The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education will welcome
Fr. Francis McAloon, SJ as our Loyola Visiting Chair for Fall 2010.
Father McAloon will be teaching a class and giving two public lectures at Fordham. He presently serves as an associate professor of Christian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. His interests include Ignatian spirituality, prayer and poetry, and the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
This Fall, Father McAloon will teach this course, open to current students and auditors:
Christian Contemplation and Action
Fordham University Fall 2010
Rev. Francis X. McAloon, S.J., Ph.D.
This course explores the writings and lives of six major teachers in contemplative prayer and ministry: Ignatius of Loyola and Gerard Manley Hopkins of the Jesuit tradition, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux of the Carmelite tradition, and two 20th century authors, Thomas Merton of the Benedictine tradition and Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker tradition. The course considers these sources and traditions as living fonts of and challenge to our contemporary spirituality, and provide a broader overview for more specific studies in Christian spirituality. Evaluation: Active class participation and discussion, brief responses papers, and final writing project.
Some of Father McAloon's recent publications include:
"Praying with Hopkins" In Hopkins Variations: Standing round a Waterfall, edited by Joaquin Kuhn and Joseph J. Feeney. Philadelphia and New York: St. Joseph's University Press and Fordham University Press, 2002.
"Prayer, Poetry and Spiritual Transformation," paper delivered at Hopkins: the Rome Conference, The Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, October 2002. Posted on Regis site.
"Poetry and Prayer: Reading for Transformation through the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins." Ph.D. diss., Graduate Theological Union, 2001.