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Theology Faculty



Paige Hochschild
Department Chair and Associate Professor
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).


Fr. Jim

James Donohue, 

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 First-year Symposium, Christology, Sacraments, Gospels, Moral Theology, and pastoral courses such as Skills for Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Religious Education. Fr. Jim now holds the Knott Professorship in Theology. 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. Fr. Jim contributes to a weekly publication of reflections on Sunday readings and to Celebrating the Word—a weekly Bible study—on the Resurrectionist website  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!"


Professor Brown

Joshua R Brown
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Dayton (2016); M.Div Campbell University Divinity School; B.S. Chowan University

Areas of Interest: Comparative theology, systematic theology, Hans Urs von Balthasar,Thomas Aquinas, Christology, Confucian philosophy (pre-Qin to Han), Biblical studies, moral theology, historical theology, classical Chinese philosophy, American Catholicism/U.S. Catholic Experience, Eastern Religions. Professor Brown joined the Mount in 2017. His research focuses on developing reflections on the person and work of Jesus Christ in the light of early Chinese moral and religious traditions, especially pre-Qín through Hàn era Confucianism (Rújiā). Currently, he is finishing a book consisting of a Confucian rereading of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s theology of Christ’s obedience. His next project will construct a Chinese Christian theology of Christ as King, drawing upon the biblical commentaries of St. Thomas Aquinas and the early Confucian philosopher Mèngzǐ. Additionally, he is interested in the relationship between faith and culture, connections between Christology and moral theology, Christianity in China and Chinese diaspora communities, comparative theology, and comparative religious ethics.


Mary Kate Birge
Associate Professor
A.B. Elms College; M.A. Tufts University, M.A. St. John's University; Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats Creighton University; Ph.D. The Catholic University of America

Areas of Interest: Sr. Mary Kate Birge, SSJ, Ph.D., 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, With Distinction, from The Catholic University of America, and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from Creighton University. Her research interests range among Pauline literature, Synoptic Gospels, Feminist Hermeneutics and Ignatian Spirituality. Her most recent scholarly work is the article on “Colossians” in the forthcoming Paulist Bible Commentary, 2017. In 2013, she was appointed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, in his then capacity as President of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, to serve a four year term as a member of the Board of Control of the New American Bible. Sr. Mary Kate, who is also a spiritual director, from time to time offers parish programs on the Bible and on Ignatian spirituality. She currently holds the Fr. James M. Forker Professorship of Catholic Social Teaching.


William Collinge
Professor Emeritus of Theology and Philosophy
B.A. Georgetown University; M.Phil., Ph.D. Yale University

Areas of Interest: Dr. Collinge primarily teaches theology courses, although in the past he has taught a broad range of philosophy courses. Two courses that he teaches regularly that are cross-listed with philosophy are St. Augustine and mysticism east and west. He has recently finished a third edition of his Historical Dictionary of Catholicism. His research interests are the thought of St. Augustine; Dorothy Day and the Catholic worker movement; the theology of John S. Dunne; and Catholic social thought. Dr. Collinge is also the former chair of the Adams County Heritage Festival, an annual multicultural festival of the arts.


Lorraine Cuddeback-Gedeon
Assistant Professor
B.A. Loyola University, Maryland; M.Div., Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Areas of Interest:  Dr. Cuddeback-Gedeon joined the Mount in 2018, following the completion of her dissertation and a year as a postdoc at the University of Notre Dame. Her primary research areas include social ethics, ethnographic method, theologies of disability, feminist ethics, and the Catholic social tradition. Her dissertation incorporated ethnographic fieldwork among adults with intellectual disabilities, and examined the ethics and practices of inclusion for the disability community. She has published two articles dealing with her fieldwork, one in the Mount’s own Journal of Moral Theology, and in the interdisciplinary journal Practical Matters. She teaches in the core theology courses, as well as on sexual ethics. Further interests include best practices for community-based learning and social justice education.


David McCarthy

David McCarthy
Associate Provost and Professor
B.A. High Point University; M.Div., Ph.D. Duke University

Areas of Interest: Dr. McCarthy teaches and writes in the areas of social ethics, Catholic social teaching, and moral theology. His most recent books are Redemption and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Restorative Justice and Saving the World and Healing the Soul: Heroism and Romance in Film. Dr. McCarthy also serves as Editor Emeritus and University Liaison for the Journal of Moral Theology.


Barrett Turner

Barrett H. Turner
Assistant Professor
B.A. University of Virginia; M.Div. Covenant Theological Seminary; Ph.D. The Catholic University of America

Areas of Interest: Dr. Turner joined the Mount in 2015 after finishing his dissertation on the development of the Church's teaching on religious liberty. He currently teaches Ethics of the Human Good and Bioethics. His additional interests include the development of Catholic social doctrine, scholastic theories of international law (ius gentium), political theology, and the role of Sacred Scripture in moral theology.


Luis Vera

Luis Vera
Assistant Professor
B.A. Univeristy of Georgia; M.T.S., Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Areas of Interest: Dr. Vera joined the Mount faculty in 2015. His research and teaching explore the intersections between fundamental moral theology, technology ethics, and Catholic social teaching. He is currently working on a book about memory as a fruitful focus point for interpreting and evaluating digital media as well as for consulting the Catholic tradition on the ethics of media use. He is also interested in ecclesiology, medieval theology, theologies of revelation, Latino theology, and questions about spatial justice (e.g., travel, transportation access, urban development, and the Church’s role in addressing problems related to these areas).

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