CHICAGO, IL (August 1, 2013) - Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, appointed Dr. Matthew Levering as the first Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. In this position, Dr. Levering will conduct research, teach and offer occasional public lectures. “As a research theologian, Dr. Levering will principally work at deepening our understanding of the mysteries of faith handed on to us from the Apostles,” Cardinal George said. “Dr. Levering has already shown himself to be both an exceptional scholar and a faithful Catholic, practicing theology under the rule of faith.”
Father Robert Barron, Rector and President, praised Jim and Molly Perry for their generosity in establishing the Perry Chair. “An endowed chair brings a permanent benefit to the seminary. It insures that we can attract new scholars of national and international stature to Chicago’s major seminary. Dr. Levering will help us achieve my goal of making Mundelein a powerhouse of the New Evangelization.”
"Molly and I are believers in Cardinal George's and Fr. Barron's efforts to build the capacity of Mundelein Seminary to form priests for many generations to come” said Jim Perry. “We are honored to have a world class theologian like Matthew Levering be the first professor to occupy the Perry Family Foundation Chair in Theology."
“I’m very pleased to have been given the appointment,” said Dr. Levering. “Much of the truly creative theology of the 19th and 20th centuries was done at seminaries not research universities. I look forward to sharing in Mundelein’s mission of forming priests for the New Evangelization and offering my contributions from within such a noteworthy faculty.”
A prolific writer, Dr. Levering is the author of thirteen books and co-editor of twelve others including, Jesus and the Demise of Death (Baylor, 2012), The Feminine Genius of Catholic Theology (T & T Clark, 2012) and The Theology of Augustine (Baker Academic, 2013). He serves as co-editor of the journals Nova et Vetera (English edition) and the International Journal of Systematic Theology.
Dr. Levering comes to Mundelein Seminary from the University of Dayton where he was a professor of theology since 2009. He received his Ph.D. from Boston College in 2000, his Master of Theological Studies from Duke University in 1996 and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in 1993. Since 2007, Dr. Levering has served as Chair of the Board of the Academy of Catholic Theology.
The University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary educates men for the pastoral ministry as diocesan priests serving over thirty dioceses. Mundelein is one of only six schools in North America established as a pontifical faculty of theology by the Holy See. Additionally, the University provides distinct and separate formation through its Institutes of Diaconal Studies, Lay Formation and Ongoing Formation, and Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral to insure competent graduates for the parishes and agencies of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Its Liturgical Institute promotes and advances the theology and practice of the Church’s liturgical life.