The Center for Catholic Studies and the Office of the Provost are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark T. Miller as the first Toth/Lonergan Endowed Visiting Professor. Dr. Miller, who will begin his appointment in August 2017, is expected to teach courses in the various schools of the University and participate in initiatives of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Center for Catholic Studies.
Dr. Miller joined the faculty of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco in the fall of 2008. The title of his dissertation was Why the Passion? Bernard Lonergan on the Cross as Communication. He holds a joint appointment in the Yuchenco Philippines Studies Program and is the Associate Director of the St. Ignatius Institute. In addition to numerous presentations and peer-reviewed articles, he is the author of a book entitled, The Quest for God and the Good Life: Lonergan’s Theological Anthropology, which was published by the Catholic University of America Press in 2013. His interests include anthropology, soteriology, Christology, political theology, philosophical and religious ethics and conversion.
The Toth/Lonergan Endowed Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies was created by the Center for Catholic Studies to honor two great scholars: Bernard Lonergan, S.J. and Deacon William Toth. Fr. Lonergan (1904-1984) was a renowned scholar whose classic works, Insight: A Study of Human Understanding (1957) and Method in Theology (1972) link faith and theology with the contemporary sciences and professions by way of a generalized empirical method (GEM). The twenty-five volumes of his Collected Works, published by the University of Toronto Press, include works on theology, the sciences and contemporary economics. Deacon Toth (1940-2008), who taught moral theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary and School of Theology, founded the Institute on Work within the Center for Catholic Studies, which later became the Micah Institute. Deacon Toth sought to link Catholic theology with the professions, especially business and law.
The Toth/Lonergan Endowment at the Center for Catholic Studies supports a scholar whose work will deepen and enhance the connections between the University’s Catholic mission and scholarly and professional education. The establishment of this endowed position represents another important step in the University’s implementation of the strategic plan, Strength to Strength. For more information on the Toth/Lonergan Endowment Fund, contact Monsignor Richard Liddy at Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org.