Religious Studies

Religious Studies Faculty




Julie Miller, Th.D, Chair
Associate Professor

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    • Th.D., Harvard University, 2000
    • M.T.S., Harvard University, 1988
    • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1986

    Papers and Publications:
    “To Remember Self, To Remember God: Augustine on Relationality, Sexuality and the Trinity,” in Feminists Re-Reading the Canon, Judith Stark, ed., Penn State Press, (forthcoming, Fall 2007).

    “Rapt by God: Eroticized Violence in Medieval Women’s Literature and Law,” in The Subjective Eye: Essays in Culture, Religion and Gender, Richard Valentasis and Janet Carlson, editors. Mellon Press, 2006.

    Co-editor, Verbum Incarnatum: Ethics and Social Justice. Vo1. 1, No. 1, 2006. University of the Incarnate Word, 2006.

    “Education and Engagement: Striving for Success,” in Education and Engagement: Theory and Practice. University of the Incarnate Word Faculty Anthology, 2005. Julie B. Miller and Phil Lampe, editors.

    “Mystical Masochism and the Spiritual Status Quo: The Limitations of Appropriation,” in The Eclectic Edition, Phil Lampe and Julie B. Miller, editors, 2004.

    “Mission Matters: A Comparative Look at Mission in San Antonio,” in Mission Matters, Julie B. Miller and Phil Lampe, editors, 2003.

    Co-editor, Religion and Society. University of the Incarnate Word Faculty Anthology, 2002, Phil Lampe and Julie B. Miller, editors.

    “Feminist Historiography, Patriarchal Ideology and the Future of Sisterhood: A Review Essay of Sisters in Arms: Catholic Nuns Through Two Millennia by Jo Ann Kay McNamara” in The Annual Review of Women In World Religions, Arvind Sharma and Katherine Young, eds. (Vol. VI, 2002)

    “Sexuality/Spirituality: The Problem of Eroticized Violence and Contemporary Eros Theology,” Ann Arbor: UMI, 2000 (dissertation).

    “Eroticized Violence in Medieval Women’s Mystical Literature: A Call for a Feminist Critique,” in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, (Fall 1999).

    Areas of Interest: Feminist theology and ethics, sexual theology and ethics, environmental theology and ethics, women in Christian tradition, medieval mysticism




Adrienne Nock Ambrose, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor



Glenn Ambrose, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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    • Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley CA, 2001
    • M.T.S. Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA, 1992
    • B.A. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1990

    Areas of Interest: Systematic theology, Sacramental Theology, Philosophical Theology, Religion and Culture, Theologies of Liberation


    2012 The Theology of Louis-Marie Chauvet: Overcoming Onto-theology with the Sacramental Tradition (Ashgate), pp. 234.

    2010 “Religious Diversity, Sacramental Encounters and the Spirit of God.” Horizons, The Journal for the College Theology Society 37:2. (Fall, 2010)

    2009 Review Hope & Solidarity: Jon Sobrino's Challenge to Christian Theology. Edited by Stephen J. Pope. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2008 in Horizons, The Journal for the College Theology Society 36:1, (Summer, 2009), 147-148.

    2008 "Great Faith Abounds: Sacramentality in a Pluralistic Age," New Theology Review.Vol. 21, No. 2 (May), 47-58.

    2006 "Who do you say that I am? : The Jesus Question at the Catholic University." In Julie Miller and Phil Lampe, eds. Verbum Incarnatum 1, no. 1. (Online journal)

    2005 Review of Border of Death, Valley of Life by Daniel Groody, in The Journal of Religion 85:1 (January), 139-141.

    2005 "Scholars on the Road away from Emmaus" in Education and Engagement: Theory and Practice, eds. Julie Miller and Philip Lampe (University of the Incarnate Word: San Antonio), 22-27.

    2001 "Chauvet and Pickstock: Two Compatible Visions?” in Contemporary Sacramental Contours of a God Incarnate, eds. Lieven Boeve and Lambert Leijssen. (Peeters: Lueven), 74-84.

    2001 “Chauvet and Pickstock: Two Compatible Visions?” in Questions Liturgues: Studies in Liturgy 82. (Liturgisch Instittuut: Lueven), 69-79.

    2000 Review of The Sacraments: The Word of God at the Mercy of the Body by Louis-Marie Chauvet, America: National Catholic Magazine 185:16, 22-24.

    1994 “Subjectivity and Objectivity in Critical Realism” in Telegraph Avenue 1:3 (May), 15-24. [Student Journal of the Graduate Theological Union]



Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, C.C.V.I., Th.D.





Jakob K. Rinderknecht, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Director of Pastoral Institute.

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    • Ph.D. Marquette University, 2015
    • M.A. Saint John's Univeristy (MN), 2005
    • B.A. Valparaiso University, 2002 

    Papers and Publications:

    Mapping the Differentiated Consensus of the Joint Declaration. Pathways for Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue, edited by Gerard Mannion and Mark D. Chapman. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, November, 2016.

    “Order, Out of Order: Rahner’s Tectonic Proposal for an Ecumenical Difficulty.” Horizons, 42 no. 2 (Dec., 2015): 341-67.

     “Introduction to Mirae Caritatis.” In The Liturgy Documents: Foundational Documents on the Origins and Implementation of Sacrosanctum concilium, III: 2–5. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 2013.

     “Discovering a Common Life: The Liturgy of the Hours in Lutheran Religious Communities.”  American Benedictine Review, 62 no.3 (Sept, 2011): 242-264.

     “Beyond Settling Down: A Theology of Stability for Young Adults.”  Obsculta, 3.  (29 April, 2010): 25–31.




Sr. Eilish Ryan, Th.D.
Thomas A. French Chair in Religious Studies
Professor Emerita

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    • Th.D. University of St. Michael's College/Toronto School of Theology, 1994
    • M.A. (Mental Health Counseling) St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX, 1984
    • M.A. (Religious Studies) Pastoral Institute, Incarnate Word College, 1976
    • B.A. Incarnate Word College, 1968

    Papers and Publications:

    "Spirituality: the Living Heart of Religion Education," National Catholic Educational Association Annual Convention, Los Angelos, 1998

    "Rosemary Haughton: Witness to Hope," in Proceedings of the Symposium on Christianity and Society. University of Metz, 1998.

    Review of Christianity Spirituality: Themes form the Tradition, by Lawrence Cunningham and Keith Egan, in Horizons 24:2 (Fall, 1997), 318-319.

    Rosemary Haughton: Witness to Hope. (Kansas City: Sheed and Ward, 1997).

    Areas of Interest:Contemporary Christian Spirituality, History of Christianity, Pastoral Theology, Feminist Theology