The Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak was born in Nyack, N.Y. in 1939. He was educated at Cathedral College, New York City, and at St. Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, N.Y., from which he received an A.B. in 1960. From 1960 to 1964 he studied at the North American College and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York in 1963 and earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Gregorian in 1964.
From 1964 to 1967 he served as a curate at St. Bartholomew's Church in Yonkers, N.Y., while also teaching theology at the College of New Rochelle. In 1967 he joined the faculty at St. Joseph's Seminary, where he taught dogmatic theology until 1977. He received his PhD in theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1976. From 1977 to 2009 he taught theology in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He taught courses on the Church, on ministry, on the Church's social teaching, on modern and contemporary Catholic theology, on the thought of John Courtney Murray, and on the history and theology of Vatican II. In 1996 he was named the first occupant of the John C. and Gertrude P. Hubbard Chair in Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America. Fr. Komonchak retired from Catholic University in 2009 and was granted emeritus status a year later.
He is the chief editor of The New Dictionary of Theology. A specialist in the history and theology of the Second Vatican Council, he is the editor of the English edition of the five-volume History of Vatican II. He is the author also of Foundations in Ecclesiology (Boston: Lonergan Workshop, 1995) and of Who Are the Church (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2008). He has published well over a hundred articles in journals such as Concilium, Cristianiesimo nella Storia, The Journal of Religion, The Review of Politics, Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique, Theological Studies, and The Thomist.
Watch the first lecture from 2013 by Dr. Francesca Aran Murphy titled "Marian Faith"
2013 Anthony Jordan Lectures - Dr. Francesca Aran Murphy from Archdiocese of Edmonton on Vimeo.
This lecture series is dedicated to the memory of Archbishop Anthony Jordan, OMI, of the Edmonton Archdiocese (1964-1973). Archbishop Jordan was responsible for founding Newman Theological College (NTC), which opened its doors in 1969 for the theological education of seminarians, religious men and women and laity in the wake of the renewed ecclesiology of Vatican II.
The annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series is co-sponsored by The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and NTC. The Series offers students and academics of various fields and members of the public a unique opportunity to hear world-renowned scholars address topical subjects in theology. With ample opportunity for discussion and debate, the series is a popular and thought-provoking Newman Theological College event.
Past lecturers include:
Dr. Francesca Aran Murphy, Marian Faith (2013)
Fr. Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. Cap., The Reality and Presence of Jesus (2012)
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., Ready to Give Reason for Our Hope: The New Evangelization and the Challenges of the Modern World (2011)
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Catholic Education: Challenges of the Third Millennium (2009)
Rev. Mark A. McIntosh, The Goodness and Beauty of God: John Henry Newman on Divine Presence (2008)
Fr. Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I., Naming the Present Moment: Hope and Challenge in a Time of Receding Transcendence (2007)
Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Models of Holiness: Is Sanctity in a Time Warp? (2006)
Prof. Robert Schreiter, A New Modernity: Living and Believing in an Unstable World (2005)
Dr. Mary Catherine Hilkert, Grace Enfleshed: Resources for a Contemporary Theological Anthropology (2004)
Rev. Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P., Ministry in the Church: History and Future (2003)
Dr. Peter Phan, Christianity Amidst Other Religions: A Missionary Perspective (2002)
Fr. Kenan Osborne, Sacraments and Liturgy in the New Millennium (2001)
Rev. John P. Galvin, Jesus Christ in the New Millennium (2000)
Dr. William Thompson, Spirituality’s Challenges to Today’s Theology (1999)
Dr. Eileen Schuller, Dead Sea Scrolls (1998)
Rabbi Asher Finkel, Christianity and Judaism in Dialogue (1997)
Dr. John MacQuarrie, Quests and Challenges in Theology and Spirituality (1996)
Fr. Richard McCormick, Moral Theology in a Changing World (1995)
Fr. Avery Dulles, John Henry Newman: Faith and the Intellectual Life (1994)
Fr. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, Scripture, the Soul of Theology (1993)
Dr. Monika Hellwig, Theology in Service of Spirituality (1992)
Dr. Langdon Gilkey, Religion and Science (1991)
Dr. Sandra Schneiders, Christian Feminism and the Theological Task (1990)
Rev. Jurgen Moltmann, Living a Theology of Hope Today (1989)
Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, Liberation Theology and Spirituality (1988)
Fr. Richard McBrien, Ecclesiology (1987)
Fr. George Tavard, Ecumenism (1986)