Patrick Manning specializes in the area practical theology of with a particular interest in religious education and catechesis. After years of serving as a parish catechist and a stint as a Catholic high school teacher, he pursued a Master’s of Theological Studies at the University of Notre Dame and then a Ph.D. in Theology and Education at Boston College. His studies in religious education culminated in his doctoral dissertation entitled “Made in the Images of God: A Pedagogy for Converting Imaginations in the Postmodern World.” Dr. Manning’s current research and praxis focus on methods of religious education, holistic faith formation, the psychology of faith development, and the interfacing of faith and culture. Some of his other interests include theological anthropology, cognitive science, soteriology, and the theology of revelation. As a pastoral theologian, Dr. Manning directs his research and teaching toward enriching the ways people live and hand on the Christian faith, a commitment that is manifested in his public speaking and writing for popular publications and blogs.
- Ph.D., Boston College
- M.T.S., University of Notre Dame
- M.Ed., University of Notre Dame
- B.A., University of Notre Dame
- "Mediating Fruitful Encounters with Truth, Transcendence, and Difference by Teaching Critical Thinking," Religious Education (2018).
"Disintegrating Worldviews and the Future of Catholic Education: Addressing the Deep Roots of Catholic Disaffiliation," Catholic Education 21(2) (2018).
- "Teaching for the Recovery of Meaning: An Imagination-Centered Pedagogical Approach for Today's College Students," Teaching Theology and Religion 20(4): 327-39.
- "Engaging Our Symbols, Sharing Our World: Forming Young People Around Symbols for Participation in the Public Sphere," Religious Education 109(4) (2014).
- "Forming the Whole Disciple: A Guide to Crafting a Truly Holistic Catholic Religious Education," Catholic Education 17(2) (2014).
- "Invitation to Discipleship: Educating for Virtue in Catholic Classrooms," Lumen et Vita 2(1) (2012).
- "That Your Education May Be Complete: Implementing the Bishops' Curriculum Framework in Continuity with the Christian Teaching Tradition," Catholic Education 15(2) (2012).