Richard Liddy, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies
Department of Religion

Monsignor Richard M. Liddy is University Professor of Catholic Thought and Culture and the Director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University. He is also a member of the Departments of Religion and Catholic Studies. Previously he was rector of Immaculate Conception Seminary/School of Theology and spiritual director at the North American College in Rome. His doctoral dissertation was on the work of the American philosopher of art, Susanne K. Langer. In 1993 he published a work on his teacher, the Jesuit philosopher theologian, Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984), entitled Transforming Light: Intellectual Conversion in the Early Lonergan. His book, Startling Strangeness: Reading Lonergan's Insight was published in 2007. It deals with his own encounter with Lonergan as a student in Rome in the 1960s. He has also written articles on the thought of Blessed John Henry Newman as well as on the topics of art, education and formation. Recently he has been working on the GEM Fellows program, aimed at integrating the university disciplines and sponsored by the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership and the Center for Catholic Studies.