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- ) 

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

(2014- )

The Academy of Catholic Theology

(2015- )

 
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:

Gospel Joy: Pope Francis and the New Evangelization

Hyde Park, NY:  New City Press, 2014.

The Cloud of Unknowing

Liguori, MO:  Liguori Publications, 2014.

The Mystery of the Eucharist: Voices from the Saints and Mystics        

Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 2014

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

“Pope John XXIII:  The Saint of the Second Vatican Council,” Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA, March 18, 2014.

“G.E.M. Anscombe and Catholic Moral Thought,” Anscombe Conference, Neumann University, Aston, PA, March 14-15, 2014.

“The Holiness and Prudential Wisdom of Pope St. John XXIII," The 2014 Edith Stein Lecture, Immaculata University, October 8, 2014.

“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)