As Graduation approaches we want to introduce you to some of our recent doctoral graduates and their research. Congratulations to the 14 new Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy students who have graduated this year!
William Joseph Mascitello
My B.A. is in Management and Industrial Relations is from Seton Hall University. My M.A. in Systematic Theology is from Notre Dame. I have been a religious educator in various parishes and institutions in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey for the past twenty-five years. Currently, I am in my fourteenth year as Pastoral Associate at St. Mary’s in Dumont and I am an adjunct at Felician College in Lodi.
My Dissertation: Theotic Religious Education
In the fifty years since the Second Vatican Council, Roman Catholic catechetical efforts have tended to move from emphasis on linear-rational approaches. I advocate for the re-emphasis of relational dimensions and other preter-rational elements which come together toward a more holistic approach to religious education. Renewed efforts would have theosis or divinization as orienting principle, a theme espoused by the Byzantine Christian East which is lifelong and centers on the transformation of individuals as they strive for the restoration of all the relationships in which they find themselves— those with self, others, the whole created order, and ultimately with the triune God.