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Theology Faculty


Fr. Jim

James Donohue, Chair
B.A. St. Jerome's College; M.Div. St. Peter's Seminary; M.A Catholic Theological Union; Ph.D. The Catholic University of America

Areas of Interest: Fr. James Donohue, C.R. joined the Mount in 1996 and teaches a wide range of courses, including Freshman Seminar, Christology, Sacraments, Gospels, Moral Theology, and pastoral courses such as Skills for Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Religious Education.  His professional work is primarily in sacramental and liturgical studies, focusing especially upon the liturgical rites for the sick, the dying, and the deceased.  Fr. Jim is well-published in this area and is a popular speaker at both the parish and diocesan level.  Coach of the Mount's Division III hockey team since 1996, Fr. Jim continues to play in Laurel, MD for an over-50 team called the "Aging Bulls!"    


Mary Kate Birge
A.B. Elms College; M.A. Tufts University, M.A. St. John's University; Ph.D. The Catholic University of America

Areas of Interest: Sr. Mary Kate Birge, SSJ, PhD has her AB in Spanish, Latin and Secondary Education from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA, an MA in Classical Studies from Tufts University, an MA in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, a PhD in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America, and is one paper away from another MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.   Her research interests range among Pauline literature, Synoptic Gospels, Feminist Hermeneutics and Ignatian Spirituality.  Her most recent publication, a joint work with three other scholars entitled Genesis, Evolution and the Search for a Reasoned Faith, will be published in February 2011 by Anselm Academic.


David Cloutier
B.A. Carleton College; M.A., Ph.D. Duke University

Areas of Interest: Dr. Cloutier joined the Mount faculty in 2006, and teaches courses in moral theology, Catholic social ethics, and marriage and sexual ethics, as well as directing a year-long seminar for tenure-track faculty across the University on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. He is the author of Love, Reason, and God’s Story: An Introduction to Catholic Sexual Ethics (2008), and editor of the collection Leaving and Coming Home: New Wineskins for Catholic Sexual Ethics (2010). Recent articles include “Working with the Grammar of Creation: Benedict XVI, Wendell Berry, and the Unity of the Catholic Moral Vision” (in Communio), and “The Problem of Luxury in the Christian Life” (in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics). He is currently working on a book on the moral problem of luxury. Outside the Mount, he does music ministry, follows baseball, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Common Market, Frederick's consumer food cooperative.


William Collinge
B.A. Georgetown University; M.Phil., Ph.D. Yale University

Areas of Interest: Dr. Collinge joined the Mount faculty in 1980. He now holds the Knott Professorship in Theology and a joint appointment to the department of philosophy. He has research interests in Augustine, Catholic social teaching, and spirituality. He is the author of Historical Dictionary of Catholicism (Scarecrow, 2012). Since 1996, he has chaired the Adams County (PA) Heritage Festival.



Paige Hochschild
B.A. University of King's College (Halifax); M.A. Dalhousie University; Ph.D. University of Durham (U.K.)

Areas of Interest: Dr. Hochschild joined the Theology Faculty full-time in 2012, after teaching philosophy courses for the Seminary for five years. Her research interests are in patristics, especially Augustine and Origen, and a historical approach to systematics. She also teaches and does research in St. Thomas Aquinas, ancient and medieval philosophy, Greek patristics, spirituality and the historical interaction between the ancient world and early Christianity. Just for fun, she is interested in the modern papacy and the tension between modernity and scholasticism in the Catholic Church. Her recent publication is a book, Memory in Augustine’s Theological Anthropology (Oxford: 2012).


David McCarthy

David McCarthy
B.A. High Point University; M.Div., Ph.D. Duke University

Areas of Interest: Dr. McCarthy is the Fr. James M. Forker Professor of Catholic Social Teaching. He teaches and writes in the areas of social ethics, Catholic social teaching, and moral theology. His most recent book is Sharing God's Good Company (Eerdmans, 2012). His courses this year are liberal arts seminar, senior seminar, moral theology, and theology and film.



Emily Stetler
B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M.Phil. Trinity College Dublin; M.T.S., Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Areas of Interest: Dr. Stetler joined the Mount in 2012. Her research interests include theological anthropology, spirituality, comparative theology and interreligious dialogue, and modern and postmodern theologies. She is also concerned with the nexus of theology and psychology and, in particular, in theological discussions of suffering, trauma, and mental illness.

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