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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry


Lisa Sowle Cahill is J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology at Boston College. She is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (l992-93), and the Society of Christian Ethics (l997-98).  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Cahill’s BA is from the University of Santa Clara, and her MA and PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She has served as a Visiting Professor at Yale and Georgetown Universities. She currently serves on boards of the Journal of Religious Ethics; the British journal Theology; the international journal Concilium; the Indian Catholic journal Asian Horizons; and the Public Religion Research Institute.  She a member of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative; and serves on the steering committee of Contending Modernities:  Catholic, Muslim, Secular, an initiative of the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.  She has also been a theological consultant to the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, sponsored by the Kroc Institute and Catholic Relief Services.

In 2008 Cahill received the John Courtney Murray Award, a professional achievement award, from the Catholic Theological Society of America.  She is the recipient of eleven honorary degrees. 

Lisa and her husband Larry are the parents of five adult children. 


Key publications: 

Some of Cahill’s books are Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2013); Theological Bioethics:  Participation, Justice and Change (Georgetown, 2005);  Bioethics and the Common Good  (Marquette 2004); Sex, Gender and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 1996); and Love Your Enemies:  Discipleship, Pacifism and Just War Theory (Fortress, 1994), a revised edition of which is in progress.


Professor of Theology at Boston College
Former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society of Christian Ethics
 Lisa  Sowle Cahill



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