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julia

Q: Tell us about your education – what is your background and what you are currently studying?

A: My undergraduate degree is in Public &  Community Service and Theatre Arts. After undergrad, I did a year of service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). I was placed in the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Houston, which was an amazing experience. I’m currently seeking the MA in Theology and certification in Pastoral Ministry. As a part of this program, I am one of the campus ministry interns. One of my main questions is that of practice; how do we “do” theology and develop faith/engagement with students? 

Q: So what do you want to be when you grow up?

A: I would like to be a Campus Minister in the Cristo Rey. My year in Houston with the JVC had a profound impact on me and I would love to contribute to that community again, on a more permanent level. 

Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, but could have three things what would they be?

A: I would need a kitchen because I love to cook and bake. My roommates say that it’s easy to know when I’m procrastinating, that’s when the food appears! I would definitely need an iPod full of Broadway albums and songs. If I have to be stranded, you can be sure that I’ll have Lin-Manuel Miranda keeping me company. That being said, it’s not like I would be alone. Finally for my third thing, I would bring something to write with! I love to be creative, and hopefully I could find something on the island to write on, so I could write or draw.  

Q:  What was the last gift that you gave?

A:  I mean, Christmas gifts happened, but if we’re talking about special events, my mom was recently installed as the head of a school. In order to celebrate that achievement, I gave her books on educational leadership from the Catholic perspective. 

Q: What is something that makes you laugh?

A: My fellow Campus Ministry Interns always manage to put a smile on my face. No matter how bad our days are or what’s going on, someone is always able to share a story or make a joke and get the rest of back into a better state of mind in order to put our ministry first. 

Q: If you won the lottery, what would be your first purchase?

A: It would have to be a new car for my mom. I can’t think of a better way to spend my millions! 

Fun Fact: The Cristo Rey educational network exclusively serves low-income communities with 32 schools across 21 states plus Washington D.C.  One of the Cristo Rey high schools is located right here in Philly!

For more information, reach out to Julia or visit their website

fr allan fitzgerald

Q: Tell us about your education – what is your background?

A: I grew up in North West Washington, DC and graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School -- a school that was staffed by Augustinian Friars and which was one of the first schools in DC that was integrated. It was, therefore, natural for me to go to Villanova and I began my first year, in 1959, as a physics major. My plan was interrupted a year later when I joined the Augustinians, became a philosophy major and -- after graduation -- was sent to Rome to study theology at the time of Vatican II. In  1968, after a Masters in Theology degree was completed, I moved to Paris for doctoral studies, concentrating on liturgical studies. I wrote a thesis on penance in 4th and 5th century Italy, a thesis which was completed after my first 4 years of teaching at Villanova in 1976.  

Q: What is your area of expertise?

A: Hence, the focus of my interests is the early church with particular attention to Ambrose of Milan and Augustine of Hippo. I enjoy trying to bring to life the human sides of these historical figures so that they are not "lost" behind a catalogue of ideas and opinions.

Q: When did you realize that you wanted to be a Theologian?

A: A couple of months before graduation, I was asked to decide what kind of degree work I would like to do. By that time, my infatuation with physics had been enhanced by the study of philosophy and I expressed a desire to get a degree in theology -- unaware of the fact that I would end up studying theology in Rome and would then be asked to get a doctoral degree.  

Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, but could have three things, what would those things be?

A: The question seems unimaginable because it implies being cut off from the internet. I would want to have a copy of the psalms, a friendly dog, and enough clothing to protect my Irish skin from the sun.  

Q: What was the last gift that you gave someone?

A: A bottle of wine.

Q: What is something that makes you laugh?

A: Of course, a good joke in the midst of a lively conversation with friends ... but I often laugh at myself when I say something that I quickly realize is not accurate.  

Q: If you won the lottery, what would be your first purchase?

A: Winning the lottery can seem desirable, but getting a lot of money changes relationships and that can be a problem. I'm lucky because, if I ever played (and won) the lottery, I could "crow about the fact that I won" and give the unredeemed ticket to my Provincial. I would not lose any friends or have to become a money-manager. Dealing with this unexpected pot of gold would be his challenge! 

politcal theology

Q: Could you tell me a little about the journal that you co-edit, Political Theology?

A: Political Theology is an international journal that has explored the intersection of religious and political ideas since 1999. While the journal began in the UK as a space for Christian engagement with social democratic politics, its scope and geographical range have widened. It now features contributors who are scholars of a variety of religious traditions as well as secular humanities scholars, with articles on topics ranging from the political import of the intellectual virtues to the concept of solidarity to new interpretations of Black theology. This wider scope is reflected in the editorial board, which now includes thirty distinguished international scholars, ranging from former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to Toronto-based Jewish studies scholar David Novak to the French philosopher Jean-Claude Monod.

Q: Tell us a little about the editors. What are your backgrounds? Are there any interesting facts we should know?

A: The journal is edited by David True, Associate Professor of Religion at Wilson College, in Chambersburg, PA and me. Our book review editor is Elizabeth Phillips, based at Westcott House, Cambridge’s Anglican theological college. Dr. Phillips’s research has explored Christian Zionism, virtue ethics, and Anabaptist theologies. Dr. True has written on topics ranging from drones to Reinhold Niebuhr, and he teaches a course on “God and Money.” I tend to focus on the intersection of religion, race, and politics. I am currently writing about religious responses to mass incarceration.

Q: Are there any articles that you’ve published that you would like to share with us?

A: I’ve recently written an article titled, “What Political Theology Could Be”. It might be of some interest and might work as an introductory entry into the field of political theology.

Fun Fact: You can find Dr. Lloyd’s article, “What Political Theology Could Be” here

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