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Augustine J. Curley, O.S.B.
Adjunct Professor of Theology
School of Theology

(973) 643-2213
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Augustine J. Curley, O.S.B.

Adjunct Professor of Theology
School of Theology

I am a Benedictine monk of Newark Abbey who serves the community as prior and archivist.  I also teach in our high school, St. Benedict's Prep.

I received my Ph.D. in philosophy at Boston College, writing my dissertation on Augustine of Hippo's Contra Academicos.

I have always had an interest in local history, and lately I have been researching and writing on the history of the Catholic Church in New Jersey, as well as on the Irish community of Essex County, focusing on the community in Belleville, where my earliest maternal ancestors settled in the 1820s.  I am currently writing a history of St. Mary's Church at Newark Abbey, the parish that launched three monasteries (St. Mary's Abbey, Morristown; Newark Abbey, Newark; and St. Anselm Abbey, Manchester, New Hampshire) and that played a significant role in representing the Catholic Church in Newark over the years, particularly during the tumultuous period of the 1960s and 1970s.

I have been a member of the New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission for more than 25 years.