Faculty & Staff

Rev. Dennis J. Billy, C.SS.R

John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology
610-785-6500
Father Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R joined the faculty in 2008 as scholar-in-residence, professor, and holder of the John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology.   He specializes in the history of moral theology and Christian spirituality, and teaches courses in fundamental moral theology, virtue ethics, religious freedom, and the relationship between spirituality and moral theology.

 

Education
D.Min. Graduate Theological Foundation, 1999
S.T.D. The Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum), 1992 
M.M.R.Sc. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 1987
M.A. University of Toronto, 1986
Th.D. Harvard Divinity School, 1985
M.Div. Mt. St. Alphonsus Seminary, 1981
M.R.E. Mt. St. Alphonsus Semianary, 1979
Phil. Cert.  St. Alphonsus College, 1976
B.A.  Dartmouth College

 

Professional Experience

 

John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology St. Charles Borromeo Semininary, 2008 - 
Karl Rahner Professor of Catholic Theology Graduate Thelogical Foundation, 2004 - 
Professor Academia Alfonsiana, Rome, 1988 - 
Faculty Member Vincent Pallotti Institute of the Laity, Rome, 1990 - 2003
Invited Professor Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome, 1991 - 1994, 2001
Adjunct Professor Washington Theological Union, 1992 & 2001
Faculty Member North American College Institute for Continuing Education, Rome, 1991 - 1999
Invited Professor Regina Mundi, Rome, 1993 - 1996
Adjunct Professor Loyola College of Maryland, 1986
Adjunct Professor College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 1985 - 1986
Instructor Mt. St. Alphonsus Seminary, 1981 - 1985

 

Professional Memberships

 

The American Academy of Religion 1986 - 
The Catholic Theological Society of America 1986 - 
Spiritual Directors International 1999 - 

 

Publications

NOTE: Fr. Billy has authored or edited over 30 books and has published over 300 articles in a number of scholarly and popular journals. For a listing of his writings, see The Krol Chair of Moral Theology. His most recent works include:

 

 

Tending the Mustard Seed Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 2013
Contemplative Ethics Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2011
The Beauty of the Eucharist Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 2010
Encounter the Cross Liguori, MO: Liguori Publications, 2010
C.S. Lewis on the Fullness of Life Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2009

 

Recent Lectures and Conferences

 

“The Holy Spirit and the New Law of Freedom,” Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Convention, Philadelphia, PA, September 27-29, 2013.

“The Call of the Church:  Finding Our Place in Christ’s Mystical Body,’” Catholic Medical Association Boot Camp, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA, June 19, 2013.

“The Call of Jesus:  Living the Gospel in ‘3-D,’” Catholic Medical Association Boot Camp, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA, June 19, 2013.

 “Living Religious Life Intentionally,” Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Holy Trinity Regional Meeting, St. Aloysius Academy, March 16, 2013.

“Men of Compassion:  Priests and Forgiveness,” John Cardinal Krol Chair Lecture, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Wynnewood, PA, March 9, 2010; Day of Recollection for Priests, St. Francis Xavier Church. Philadelphia, PA, February 17, 2013.

“Faith and Healing,” Catholic Medical Association, Philadelphia, Pa, February 16, 2013

“Faith and Suffering,” Catholic Medical Association, Philadelphia, Pa, February 16, 2013; Year of Faith Conference at St. Christopher Parish, Staten Island, NY.  May 3, 2013.

“Finding God in the Storm,” Keynote Address, Day of Recollection for Victims of Hurricane Sandy, St. Christopher’s Parish, Staten Island, NY, February 24, 2013.

“Effectively Preaching the Moral Teachings of the Church,” Priests of the Trenton Diocese, Colts Neck, NJ, December 13, 2012.

“The Search for a Universal Ethics:  A Reflection on the International Theological Commission’s Recent Document on Natural Law,” Gest Forum, St Thomas More Society of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, April 29, 2010.

 “Blessed Are the Single-Hearted:  On Doing the One Thing Necessary,” John Cardinal Krol Chair Lecture, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Wynnewood, PA, December 1, 2009.

Humilitas:  Walking Humbly in an Unbelieving World,” John Cardinal Krol Chair Lecture, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Wynnewood, PA, April 20, 2009.

“The Way of Discernment:  Living the Gospel in the Present Moment,” The John Cardinal Krol Chair Lecture, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Wynnewood, PA, December 4, 2008.

Awards & Accomplishments

 

The Catholic Press Association Journalism Award: First Place, Best Article - Clergy/Religious Category,  1999