Sr. Sara Fairbanks, O.P., Ph.D., has served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Barry University in Miami. The Director of Vocations for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Dr. Fairbanks holds a Master of Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis and a Doctorate in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology. Previously, she was the Pollok Lecturer at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her areas of expertise are Christian anthropology, the theology of lay ecclesial ministry, the theology of preaching, and practical theology.
Sr. Fairbanks authored, together with her colleagues in the Barry Department of Theology, the book Theology: Faith, Beliefs, Traditions (Kendall Hunt, 2010), and she has published in numerous scholarly journals, such as Worship, The Way, Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture, and Liturgical Ministry. She is a contributing author to the series Feasting on the Gospels—Luke Volume 1: A Feasting on the Word Commentary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2014).
Praise for Sr. Sara Fairbanks
“Personal warmth, intellectual breadth, and remarkable clarity make Dominican sister and theologian Sara Fairbanks an engaging and effective teacher. Her careful study of history, ecclesiology, lay ministry, preaching, Christology, and ecology . . . has shaped her compelling theological and spiritual vision.” – James B. Nickoloff, College of the Holy Cross
“Sara Fairbanks’s expertise in the university classroom as both an undergraduate and graduate teacher for the past 17 years makes her an extraordinary communicator of theological practice and theory.” – Mark E. Wedig, O.P., Associate Dean, Barry University
“Sr. Sara Fairbanks, O.P., Ph.D. is an excellent scholar and a master teacher in her field. She is one of those great professors who are able to clearly correlate the theological tradition with today’s culture. Here she takes the fruit of her many years teaching in the classroom and makes it accessible to all who are wise enough to listen.” – Rev. Jorge Presmanes, O.P., D.Min., Associate Professor of Theology, Barry University
Your presenter is Fr. Joseph Godfrey, S.J., Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he holds the Joseph S. Hogan S.J. Chair in Philosophy. At Saint Joseph’s, he has won teaching awards and has regularly taught courses on the philosophy of religion, atheism, ethics, logic, and the history of Greek and of medieval philosophy. A Jesuit priest, he has taught at Santa Clara University, Marquette University, Loyola University Chicago, and the Jesuit Scholasticate in Ho Chi Minh City. He has lectured internationally at such institutions as Georgetown University, Stony Brook University, La Salle University, Australian Catholic University, the United Faculty of Theology in Melbourne, and Heythrop College in London.
Fr. Godfrey holds a doctorate from the University of Toronto. He is the author of A Philosophy of Human Hope [Studies in Philosophy and Religion] (Martinus Nijhoff, 1987) and Trust of People, Words, and God: A Route for Philosophy of Religion (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012). He has also written articles on Gabriel Marcel and on Josef Pieper, as well as entries for the 2012–2013 Supplement to the New Catholic Encyclopedia and for the Encyclopedia of Ethics (2001).
Praise for Fr. Joseph Godfrey
“Joseph Godfrey’s thinking in the philosophy of religion is unusually rich, combining a deep understanding of the tradition with the best methodologies that contemporary philosophy has to offer. The result is a clear and informed treatment of the most important issues in philosophy of religion today.” – Prof. John Greco, Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy, Saint Louis University
“Joe Godfrey’s works exhibit a wide-ranging and deep understanding of various philosophical traditions and periods in the history of philosophy… There are very few philosophers who are as able as Joe is to engage in significant discourse with such a wide range of philosophic figures and traditions.”
– John Zeis, Professor of Philosophy, Canisius College
“Joe Godfrey is an accomplished philosopher of religion… His courses on atheism speak to a long-time Jesuit commitment to address the culture of unbelief by understanding it, respecting it, building on the foundations of dialogue.”
– Michael W. Higgins, Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought, Sacred Heart University