Patrick R Manning, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology
School of Theology

Dr. Patrick Manning specializes in the area of practical theology with a particular interest in religious education and catechesis. He has a background in parish catechesis and Catholic education, and holds advanced degreees from the University of Notre Dame and Boston College. Dr. Manning’s current research and praxis focus on methods of religious education, holistic faith formation, evangelization, and the interfacing of faith and culture. Some of his other interests include theological anthropology, Christian contemplation and contemplative pedagogy, and the thought of Bernard Lonergan. As an educator and pastoral theologian, Dr. Manning directs his research and teaching toward inviting people into the fullness of life that Jesus offers. His upcoming book, Converting the Imagination (Wipf & Stock), presents a new approach to religious education focused on helping people find meaning in the Christian tradition for their lives in the face of the challenges of contemporary culture.