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CV for Tim Muldoon

Personal Info: 

Author of six books in Catholic theology and spirituality, as well as a memoir about love and longing.  Editor of two other books, about Catholic laity and marriage, respectively.  Essayist on Ignatian spirituality, Catholic higher education, relationships and sexuality, the contemporary Church.  Editor of Integritas: Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education. Frequent speaker, lecturer, and retreat leader in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Contributor to patheos.com, blogger on dotMagis, Board member of the Massachusetts Bible Society.  Married with two daughters and a son, all by adoption from China.  Slowly but surely developing competency in Mandarin.


May 1998: Ph.D., Roman Catholic Systematic Theology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.  Dissertation: “Roman Catholic Marriage and the Doctrine of Ratum et Consummatum

May, 1994: Master of Theological Studies (honors), Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.  Thesis: “The Influence of Thomas Aquinas on the Modern Catholic Doctrine of Marriage”

May, 1992: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy; Bachelor of Arts in Theology; Honors Program; Scholar of the College, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

1990-1991: Reader in Theology at Manchester College, Oxford, England

Honors & Awards: 

11/05: “Angels in Adoption” award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

2/00, 2/02, and 2/04: Who's Who Among American Teachers

5/01: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant: "Continuities and Crises: The Interplay of Religion and Politics in China," East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

9/94: Graduate Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship, Duquesne University

9/92: M.T.S. Scholarship, Emory University

9/92: Scholar of the College Award, Boston College

10/90: Boston College Honors Program- Oxford University Study Program award

9/88-5/92: Honors Program participant, Boston College

Teaching Positions: 

9/07- present: Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College

Summer 2012: D.Min class on Ignatian Spirituality at Washington Theological Union, Washington, DC

Summer, 2009: Graduate class on Seeds of Hope at LaSalle University, Philadelphia

8/04-5/05: Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Theology at Mount Aloysius College

5/00-5/04: Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Theology at Mount Aloysius College

8/97-5/00: Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Theology at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA

9/96-10/00: Adjunct Professor, Accelerated Degree Program at Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA

8/96-5/97: Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Theology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

8/94-5/96: Teaching Assistant, Department of Theology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Administrative Positions: 

7/07- present: Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry, Boston College

  • Editor of Integritas: Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education
  • Editor of forthcoming report on college experiences influencing men to enter priestly formation, based on research by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

6/05-6/07: Director, The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College

  • Edited of several issues of C21 Resources (Young Adults; Marriage; Catholic Intellectual Tradition; Parish Ministry Today)
  • Convened conferences on Catholic college students; the philosophy of John Paul II; Pastoral Ministry toward Marriage
  • Initiated popular theological discussion series “Agape Latte” for Boston College undergraduates
  • Oversaw hundreds of lectures, symposia, panels; many available via webcast at http://www.bc.edu/church21/webcast.html
  • Managed a staff of three

9/00-5/05: Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Theology at Mount Aloysius College

Research Interests: 

Catholic Higher Education

Catholic Theology and Spirituality

Ignatian Spirituality

Relationships, Sexuality, and Marriage


Books and Book Chapters

2013: The Ignatian Workout for Lent (Loyola Press)

2013: (with Sue Muldoon) Six Sacred Rules for Families (Ave Maria Press)

2012: "Mysticism and the Community," chapter in The Future of Religion: Traditions in Transition, edited by Kathleen Mulhern (Patheos Press)

2012: Contributor to Together for Life, ed. Joseph M. Champlin and Peter A. Jarrett, CSC (Fifth Edition, Ave Maria Press)

2010: Love One Another: Catholic Perspectives on Sustaining Marriages (co-editor with Cynthia Dobrzynski; Church in the 21st Century Center book series)

2010: A Saint for All Reasons (US: Langenscheidt)  UK edition; French edition; German edition

2010: Longing to Love: A Memoir of Desire, Relationships, and Spiritual Transformation (Loyola Press).

2010: “At Home in the World,” in Jeffrey Guhin, ed., Young and Catholic in America (Paulist Press).

2009: Catholic Identity and the Laity (editor of College Theology Society 54th annual volume, Orbis Press)

2008: Seeds of Hope: Young Adults and the Catholic Church in the United States (Paulist Press).  Read an excerpt hereWatch or listen to an interview about it here.

2008: “Postmodern Spirituality and the Ignatian Fundamentum,” in A Jesuit Education Reader, edited by George W. Traub, S.J. (Chicago: Loyola Press)

2004: “Postmodern Moral Theology and Holiness” in Moral Theology: Fundamental Issues and New Directions, edited by James Keating (Paulist Press).

2004: The Ignatian Workout: Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith (Loyola Press)

2002: Come to the Banquet: Nourishing Our Spiritual Hunger (Sheed and Ward)

Articles and Essays

(ongoing) Column at patheos.com: "Culture at the Crossroads"

January, 2010: “Ordered Desire: Sexuality and Ignatian Spirituality” (The Way, 49:1).

Winter, 2010: “The Pedagogy of Friendship for Marriage,” in Human Development Magazine (30:4).

Fall, 2009: “The Boutique and the Gallery: An apologia for a Catholic intellectual tradition in the academy,” in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 12:4.

Winter 2008: “The Latte Factor,” in Lifelong Faith, volume 24.

July 28, 2008: “Sowing the Seeds for Ministry: Five Ways to Reach Young Catholics,” in America.

Spring, 2008: “Seeking The Seekers: Parish Ministry to Young Adults Today,” Church Magazine.

October 2007: “A Theology for Married People,” in Origins (Catholic News Service), October 11, pp. 279-285.

Fall 2005: “The Inner Compass,” in Partners Magazine

January 2005: “Postmodern Spirituality and the Ignatian Fundamentum,” in The Way.  Reprinted in A Jesuit Education  Reader, edited by George W. Traub, S.J. (Chicago: Loyola Press, 2008).

November 29, 2004: “A Life Giving Choice” in America

May 2004: “Theological Themes,” in Lectionary Homiletics

Spring 2003: “Shepherding the Postmodern Flock,” in Chicago Studies 42/1, pp. 81-92.

Spring 2002: “A Theology of Popular Culture,” in The Center of Concern’s (www.coc.org) “Education for Justice” website (www.educationforjustice.org).

Fall, 2001: “Constructing a Post-postmodern Theology,” in The Josephinum Journal of Theology

February 26, 2001: "Why Young Adults Need Ignatian Spirituality," in America, pp. 8-14.

Fall, 2000: “Starving Outside the Banquet Hall: Faith Formation for Young Adults,” in The Living Light, pp. 35-43.

Fall, 2000: “The College Theology Society Speaks Out on Original Sin,” on “Catholic Issues” Website

Fall, 1998:  “Germain Grisez on Karl Rahner’s Theory of Fundamental Option” in Philosophy and Theology, (10: 1), pp. 227-254.

Book Reviews

(forthcoming) Jerome Baggett, Sense of the Faithful in Horizons, the Journal of the College Theology Society.

Christopher Jamison, Finding Happiness and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, The New Monasticism, in Spiritus: The Journal of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

Steven Boguslawski, OP and Ralph Martin, eds., The New Evangelization: Overcoming the Obstacles (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2008), in American Catholic Studies, 2009.

Robert Barron, Bridging the Great Divide: Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative Evangelical Catholic (Lanham, MD: Sheed and Ward, 2004) in H-Net book reviews.

Florence Caffrey Bourg, Where Two or Three are Gathered: Christian Families as Domestic Churches (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004) at the 2004 Catholic Theological Society of America convention

Tom Beaudoin, Consuming Faith (Sheed and Ward, 2003) and Vincent J. Miller, Consuming Religion (Continuum, 2003) in Horizons, Fall 2004.

David Matzko McCarthy, Sex and Love in the Home: A Theology of the Household.  (London: SCM Press, 2001) in Horizons, Spring, 2003.

Peter C. Phan, The Asian Synod: Texts and Commentaries (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2002) in Catholic Issues website, hosted by Adelphi University (http://www.catholicbooksreview.org/2003/phan.htm).

Thomas Alan Harvey, Acquainted With Grief: Wang Mingdao`s Stand for the Persecuted Church in China. (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2002), in Catholic Issues website, hosted by Adelphi University (http://www.catholicbooksreview.org/2003/harvey.htm).

Therese Johnson Borchard, Winging It: Meditations of a Young Adult (Orbis, 2001) and Jeremy Langford, God Moments: Why Faith Really Matters to a New Generation (Orbis, 2001) in Horizons, Spring 2002

Henri Blocher, Original Sin: Illuminating the Riddle (Grand Rapids/Cambridge, Eerdmans, 1997), in Theology Today (58/2), July 2001.

Kenan B. Osborne, O.F.M., Christian Sacraments in a Postmodern World: A Theology for the Third Millenium.  (New York: Paulist, 1999), in Horizons (28/1) Spring, 2001.

Mark A. McIntosh, Mystical Theology: The Integrity of Spirituality and Theology, in Journal of the American Academy of Religion (68/4), December 2000.

Courses Taught: 

Theology of the Laity: a course for Master's and Doctoral degreee candidates at LaSalle University, Summer 2014

Ignatian Spirituality: a Doctor of Ministry seminar at Washington Theological Union (summer, 2012)

Capstone: Desire and Discernment: a senior seminar applying the rules for discernment of Ignatian spirituality to life choices (ongoing)

Western Cultural Tradition I-IV (Boston College Honors Program): a two-semester, 12-credit great books course from Homer to Dante for freshmen.

20th Century and the Tradition (Boston College Honors Program): A junior course in modernism and postmodernism in the arts, literature, philosophy, and theology.

Ignatian Spirituality (Department of Theology, Boston College): a critical analysis of the experiences of the founder of the Jesuit order, and his appropriation of both scholastic theology and Renaissance humanism to develop a profoundly optimistic, world-affirming spirituality that is at once deeply Christian and expansive in a pluralistic world.

YB Kathlik? A Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry course at LaSalle University, Philadelphia (Summer 2009).

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