Faculty

Committed to Preparing Tomorrow's Church Leaders

The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education was founded by a small group of Jesuits at Fordham after they read the signs of the times and began working on a new structure for religious education and pastoral ministry. Thus, it was this vision and energy that was at the foundation of a new graduate school at the university... a vision and energy that our own faculty continue to live out today.

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Full-Time Faculty

C. Colt Anderson

Dean, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, BA University of Georgia; MA, University of Georgia; PhD, Marquette University.

Dr. C. Colt Anderson, PhD, is a church historian and theologian. His research focuses on the intersection between three areas of concern: the communication of the Gospel, how to reform the church, and the importance of an eschatological perspective for Christian life. His publications have concentrated on ways to heal the growing divisions among members of the Catholic Church by drawing upon models of leadership from historical figures. Dr. Anderson has focused his research on the origins of the Franciscan movement as a means to understand the important development of lay ministry in the Church. He lectures nationally on issues related to spirituality, ecclesial reform, and evangelization. After spending several years as a scriptwriter and film producer, he has tried to find ways to recover the proper place of narrative in theology as a means to communicate the Catholic tradition to contemporary people.

Dr. Anderson has served as the academic dean of the Washington Theological Union, as a judge for Theological Studies, as an editorial advisor for Chicago Studies, and on the editorial board for New Theology Review. He has also been involved in the Roman Catholic/Jewish Dialogue for Ecumenical Institute of Chicago and the United States Roman Catholic/Pentecostal Dialogue. He is a member of the American Catholic Historical Association, Catholic Theological Society of America, American Academy of Religion, Medieval Sermon Society, Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages, and The Medieval Academy of America. Prior to joining the Union, Dr. Anderson was chosen by the Vatican to be a member of the Apostolic Visitation of the U.S. Seminaries. He is the recipient of a 2008 Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada Book Award for history.

Thomas M. Beaudoin

Associate Professor Religion. BA, University of Missouri; MTS, Harvard Divinity School, PhD, Boston College.

Keating Hall, Room 303H
tbeaudoin@fordham.edu

Tom Beaudoin is Associate Professor of Religion in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University in New York City, where he teaches courses in philosophy of religion and theology. 

His research focuses on how people learn to find something from their culture of special significance for making their way through life. He studies how experiences that are "secularly," "spiritually," or "religiously" important for people come about, are conceived, and make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities. Within this focus, he is drawn to the rich and complex interrelationship between (concepts and experiences of) "secular" practices and "spiritual" or "religious" practices and exercises. His research shows that the study of religion and its "others" (such as secularity or irreligion), when related critically to other fields, can help to creatively examine and appreciate these ideas and experiences of what matters most, and the accounts of ultimacy to which they may be tied. He is particularly drawn to researching how music influences what is otherwise taken to be the claiming power in people's lives. He is the author or editor of 4 books, and more that 80 journal articles, edited book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. A past chair of the Foucault Consultation and Practical Theology Group in the American Academy of Religion and the Practical Theology Group in the Catholic Theological Society of America, he is a member of the International Academy of Practical Theology.

Dr. Beaudoin has given more than 175 invited keynotes, lectures, and presentations; he is the recipient of numerous grants and honorary lectureships, and was awarded an honorary doctorate for his research on the spirituality of younger generations.

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Kirk A. Bingaman

Associate Professor Pastoral Counseling. BA, Messiah College; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; PhD, Graduate Theological Union (Berkley), Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Keating Hall, Room 303E
bingaman@fordham.edu

Dr. Kirk Bingaman is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York, a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), and an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister. Dr. Bingaman currently serves on the editorial board of the journal, Pastoral Psychology, and from 2008-2014 was co-chair of the Psychology, Culture, and Religion (PCR) group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). He is the author of several books, including Freud and Faith: Living in the Tension (2003, SUNY Press) and Treating the New Anxiety: A Cognitive-Theological Approach (2007, Jason Aronson). His current research focuses on the application of neuroscientific findings to pastoral, spiritual, and clinical practice, which is the focus of his most recent book, The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care (2014, Lexington Books).

Dr. Bingaman is committed to helping students contextualize the practice of pastoral care and counseling in today's rapidly changing world. He helps students build from a broad theoretical and theological/spiritual base to include therapeutic approaches that address the pressing needs and issues of contemporary life. Dr. Bingaman's current research explores the application of contemplative neuroscience to the work of pastoral care and counseling, and the finding that regular contemplative-meditational practice enhances areas of the brain associated with health and well-being while quieting other areas associated with fear and anxiety. Additionally, he focuses on mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches for helping clients and congregants learn to cultivate more compassionate and less anxious and fearful perspectives about life.

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Lisa Cataldo

Assistant Professor Pastoral Counseling, BA, Brown University, Providence, RI; MBA, Columbia University, New York, NY; MDiv and PhD, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY. Graduate, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, New York, NY. Licensed Psychoanalyst in New York State.

Keating Hall, Room 303D;
lcataldo@fordham.edu

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Harold D. Horell

Assistant Professor Religious Education. BA, MA, Dayton; MTS, Harvard Divinity, PhD, Boston College.

Keating Hall, Room 303J
horell@fordham.edu

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Shannon M. McAlister

Assistant Professor Spirituality. BA, Thomas Aquinas; MA, The Catholic University of America; PhD, The Catholic University of America.

Keating Hall, Room 307
smcalister@fordham.edu

Shannon M. McAlister, PhD, earned her MA in Historical and Systematic Theology and her PhD in Systematic Theology from The Catholic University of America, where she was the recipient of numerous awards and grants. She earned her BA at Thomas Aquinas College in California, where she immersed herself in its Great Books Curriculum.

Shannon McAlister's research focuses on uncovering the history of feminine-gendered language for God within the works of the Fathers, saints, and Doctors of the Church in the Latin West. She studies untranslated Latin texts in order to retrieve resources for contemporary Christian spirituality.

Dr. McAlister has over ten years of university-level teaching experience, and has enjoyed teaching religion, theology, and spirituality to both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Francis X. McAloon, SJ

SJ Associate Professor Spirituality. BA, Stetson College; MDiv, Jesuit School of Theology; STM, Jesuit School of Theology; STL, Jesuit School of Theology; PhD, Graduate Theological Union.

Keating Hall, Room 303G
fmcaloon@fordham.edu

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Kieran Scott

Associate Professor Theology and Religious Education. BA, St. Patrick's (Ireland); MA, NY Theological Seminary; EdD, Columbia.

Keating Hall, Room 303M
kieranscott@yahoo.com

Dr. Scott currently serves as Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Education in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University. A Roman Catholic, Dr. Scott is a formidable scholar and teacher in the areas of systematic theology, curriculum and teaching, and the interface of religion and education in contemporary culture and public life. Dr. Scott is passionate about studying the polyvocality of religious experience, the many voices explored with in discovering what it means to be religious, as well as re-fashioning the rich and diverse wisdom traditions of yesterday through the power of language. For Dr. Scott, words do matter, and they become the vehicle through which our lives coalesce as both metaphysical and concrete religious human beings.

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Mary Beth Werdel

Associate Professor Pastoral Counseling. PhD, Loyola University Maryland.

Keating Hall, Room 303F
mwerdel@fordham.edu

Dr. Mary Beth Werdel is the director of the Pastoral Care and Counseling at Fordham University. She received her doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She currently teaches both clinical and research classes for graduate level pastoral care and counseling students. The classes she has taught include Research for Pastoral Counselors, Death, Dying and Bereavement, Marriage and Family Therapy, Group Counseling, and Clinical Internship. She serves as a mentor and reader on PhD dissertations, DMin major papers, and MA major papers.

Dr. Werdel's research focuses on the intersection of spirituality and well being during times of loss, stress, and trauma. She is currently conducting a research study focused on spirituality as a positive and negative coping resource for parents raising children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. Werdel has made a number of presentations in the area of stress related growth. She was the plenary speaker at the American Association of Pastoral Counselor's Mid-Atlantic conference in 2014. She was the invited speaker at the National Association of Veterans Affairs Catholic Chaplain 2011 conference. Additionally, she has presented at research conferences, continue education seminars, and public academic events.

Dr. Werdel has written two books. A Primer of Posttraumatic Growth co-authored with Dr. Robert J. Wicks was published by Wiley in 2011. As Faith Matures: Beyond the Sunday God was published by Ligouri in 2012. She has also published a number of peer-reviewed and popular articles in the area of stress related growth. Her clinical experience has focused on working predominantly with individuals, children and families who have experienced significant loss, stress or trauma. She has most recently worked as a bi-lingual Spanish speaking family therapist. In this role she assisted families who had recently immigrated from Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras. She also completed a doctoral internship at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in Washington D.C. working with children and families who experienced complicated grief. She has extensive training in Relationship Enhancement Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy.

Dr. Werdel currently serves on a number of university and departmental committees. Most notably, she is currently serving a three-year term on the University Middle States Re-accreditation Steering Committee. She also serves as a reviewer for the American Psychological Association's Journal of Psychology and Religion.

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Adjunct Faculty

Robert Camargo

Adjunct faculty of pastoral care and counseling. BA, Psychology, Yale University; MA, Psychology, Fordham University; Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Fordham University.

Giovanna Czander

Adjunct faculty of Scripture. BA and MA Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; MA, MPhil, and PhD, Fordham University.

Rev. Frank Donio

Adjunct faculty of Pastoral Ministry. BA and MA, The Catholic University of America; MS, Villanova University; MDiv Washington Theological; DMin, The Catholic University of America.

Sr. Donna Fannon

Adjunct faculty of Spirituality. BS, Merrimack College; MaTh, St Mary's Seminary and University; Certificate in Directing the Spiritual Exercise.

Cheryl Fisher

Adjunct faculty of Pastoral Counseling. BA, University of Maryland; MS and PhD, Loyola University of Maryland.

Barbara Kapetanakes

BS, Brooklyn College; MsEd, School Psychology, Pace University; Psy.D., School/Community Psychology, Pace University; Postgraduate Degree in Neuropsychology, Fielding Institute, New York Cluster; Postgraduate Masters Degree in Psychopharmacology, Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

Brendan McInerny

BA, History, St. John's University (Collegeville, MN); MA, Systematic Theology, St. John's University School of Theology (Collegeville, MN); ThM, Systematic Theology, St. John's University School of Theology (Collegeville, MN); PhD, Systematic Theology, Fordham University.

Joseph Petriello

Adjunct faculty of Religious Education. BA, College of the Holy Cross; MA and PhD Fordham University.

Carl Procario-Foley

Adjunct faculty of Religious Education. BA, St. John's University; Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education, Washington Hospital Center; MTS, The Catholic Theological Union; PhD, Fordham University.

Donna Shannon

Adjunct faculty of Pastoral Counseling. BS Ohio University; MA, George Washington University; MS and PhD, Loyola University of Maryland.

Chad Thralls

Adjunct faculty of Spirituality. BA, West Virginia University; MDiv, Union Theological Seminary (Richmond); PhD, The Catholic University of America.

Valerie Torres

Adjunct faculty of Religious Education. BS, Fordham University; MS, City College of New York; MA, Fordham University; PhD, Fordham University.