Ilia Delio, OSF
Director of the Catholic Studies Program and Visiting Professor
Ilia is a Franciscan Sister of Washington D.C. Prior to Catholic Studies she was a Senior Research Fellow at Woodstock Theological Center, concentrating in the area of Science and Religion. She was Professor and Chair of Spirituality Studies at Washington Theological Union where she taught courses in the History of Christianity, Franciscan theology, and Science and Religion. She holds a doctorate in Pharmacology from Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School and a doctorate in Historical Theology from Fordham University. She is the author of fourteen books including Care for Creation which won two Catholic Press Book Awards in 2009. Her new books The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love (2013), and From Teilhard to Omega: Cocreating an Unfinished Universe (2014)
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Visiting Professor of Religious Art and Cultural History, Catholic Studies Program and Women and Gender Studies Program
The recipient of the Georgetown University Alumni Association Faculty Award for 2008, she received both the Annual Award for Excellence in the Arts from The Newington-Cropsey Foundation and the Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award from Georgetown University in 2000. During 1996-97, she was a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona is also the author of numerous articles for scholarly journals and collected volumes. She and Doug Adams co-edited Art as Religious Studies (1987) and Dance as Religious Studies (1990). With Lucinda Ebersole, she was the co-editor of Women, Creativity, and the Arts: Critical and Autobiographical Perspectives (1995). She is preparing two anthologies, Sources and Documents in the History of Christian Art and Sources and Documents in 19th serves on the editorial boards of Biblical Reception and Twentieth Century Religious Thought, and completes Christian Art: A Companion Guide (2014), Swedenborg and Five Artists (2013), and the translation of Encountering Religions. Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona was guest curator and author of the catalogue for In Search of Mary Magdalene: Images and Traditions (2002). She served as a Core Consultant to the PBS/BBC series, Dancing! (1993), and as co-curator for the celebratory exhibition, "Noguchi at the Dance," for the Dance Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (1994).
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Rick Curry, S.J., Ph.D.
Rick Curry, S.J., Ph.D., entered the Society of Jesus in 1961, and was ordained a priest in 2009. In addition to being a Jesuit Brother for more than forty years, he is also an actor, a master baker, a teacher, and the author of the award-winning cookbook -- The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking. Father Curry was the founder and director of the National Theater Workshop of the Handicapped, a nonprofit acting school for persons with disabilities, which began in New York City in 1977 and grew to include the first residential facility of the arts for persons with disabilities. Father Curry holds a masters of arts in theater from Villanova University and a doctorate in theater from New York University. He has been honored by the president of the United States with a Distinguished Service Award of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and 60 Minutes. Father Curry teaches Theater in the Catholic Imagination and Theater as Prayer in the Catholic Studies department on campus. He is also the founder of Dog Tag Bakery, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit which offers employment and a Georgetown education to veterans with disabilities and their spouses.
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Research Associate Professor, Director of CARA Catholic Polls at Georgetown's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA)
Dr. Gray has a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on culture and politics, political participation, democratization, and religion and politics. Methodologically, Mark specializes in survey research, trend analysis, and cross-sectional time-series studies. Dr. Gray came to Georgetown in 2002. Since that time he has been a primary investigator for 15 national surveys of adult Catholics at CARA ranging from media use to sacramental practice. He has also completed national studies regarding the effects of Catholic college enrollment on Catholic students, the outlook for Catholic primary schools, a census of Catholic housing programs, a time-series study regarding Catholic giving, and research on Catholic parishes entrusted to lay people and deacons. Dr. Gray's research spanning political participation, corruption, globalization, trade, and other issues has appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals: Presidential Studies Quarterly, International Organization, PS: Political Science & Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, and European Review.
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Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology, Manager of the Protection of Minors Policy and the Graduate Student Life Project
Anne Koester, J.D., M.A. is with Georgetown University, Washington, DC, where she has been an adjunct instructor with the Theology Department since 2003. A former trial lawyer, Anne studied theology, with a concentration in liturgy, at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. In 2000, she joined the staff of the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy as an Associate Director. In 2002, Fr. Larry Madden, SJ invited Anne to join him as Associate Director of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy, where she worked until 2009. Anne is the author of Sunday Mass: Our Role and Why It Matters (Liturgical Press, 2007), editor of Liturgy and Justice: To Worship God in Spirit and in Truth (Liturgical Press, 2002), and co-editor of Vision: The Scholarly Contributions of Mark Searle to Liturgical Renewal (Liturgical Press, 2004) and Called to Participate: Theological, Ritual and Social Perspectives by Mark Searle (Liturgical Press, 2006). She is also published in Worship, Liturgical Ministry, Spiritual Life, among others. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Council of The Liturgical Press and the North American Academy of Liturgy and its Christian Initiation Seminar group.
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Adjunct Professor for the Catholic Studies Program, Director of Adult Faith Formation in the Office of Campus Ministry
Dr. Mastroianni has been teaching courses in the Catholic Studies program for eleven years: “Contemporary Marriage and Family: A Roman Catholic Perspective” and “Exploring Catholic Spirituality.” He is preparing a new Catholic Studies Seminar to begin in Spring 2014, “Exploring Contemporary Faith, Work, and Life Questions.”
Dr. Mastroianni's previous work experience has been split between diocesan work (Division Director of Evangelization and Family Ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Religious Education Consultant for the Diocese of Youngstown) and parish work (Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education). His Doctor of Philosophy degree is in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His doctoral dissertation investigated the Second Vatican Council's assertion that Christian marriage and its family is both a sacramental and an ecclesial reality. He continues to research topics related to contemporary lay spirituality, especially in the areas of marriage, family life, and young adult spirituality. Two recent publications are “The Issue of Same Sex Marriage” in Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education, Fall 2013 and “Domestic Church as a Sacramental Model” in INTAMS Journal for the Study of Marriage & Spirituality, Spring 2012.
Brian McDermott, S.J.
Adjunct Professor for the Catholic Studies Program
Fr. McDermott received his doctorate in Systematic Theology from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 1973. From 1973 to 2000, he was a faculty member at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. While at WJST, he taught systematic theology, Ignatian spirituality, and authority and leadership. For eight years (1991-1999) he was academic dean at the school. He has been a spiritual director, helping people with their prayer lives, for thirty-seven years. From 1996 to 2012, he was the director of tertians for the Maryland and New York provinces of the Society of Jesus. In that capacity, he accompanied fellow Jesuits as they made, for the second time, the full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, prior to being fully incorporated into the Society of Jesus.
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Adjunct Professor for the Catholic Studies Program, Professor in the Department of English
Dr. Pfordresher is particularly interested in Nineteenth-Century literature; the relationship of painting to literature in the Nineteenthy century; Anglophone writers in Italy; and Catholic Studies. Pfordresher earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and B.A. from Georgetown College. Publications include: "Variorum Edition: Tennyson's Idylls of the King" (1973); "Matthew Arnold. The Prose," in "The Critical Heritage" Series (1979); miscellaneous essays on Browning, Tennyson, Dickens, D. G. Rossetti and Pre-Raphaelite art; position papers on the teaching of literature; essays on Anglophone writing on Italy; and "Jesus and the Emergence of a Catholic Imagination" (2008).
Dr. James Wickman has over 25 years experience in liturgy and music on the parish, diocesan, and national levels. He worked in parishes in Chicago, St. Louis, and Washington, DC, and in the Worship Office for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Highlights of his musical accomplishments include three choir tours to Rome and other parts of Italy, twice directing choir for Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican. Highlights of his liturgical accomplishments include many recent publications and speaking engagements, such as his first international talk given in Dublin, Ireland, in June of 2012. He enjoys directing the University Chapel Choir as well as teaching undergraduate classes in the Catholic Studies Program at Georgetown University, and has taught in the past at the Catholic University of America.
- Doctor of Ministry (2012) Catholic University of America, Liturgical Studies
- MA Pastoral Studies (1989) Aquinas Institute of Theology, Music and Liturgy
- BA (1987) St. Louis University, Music