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Francis X. McAloon

McAloon from GRE

Francis X. McAloon, S.J., (MDiv; STL; PhD) is Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ignatian Studies at GRE. Currently, he is director of the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program, as well as the coordinator for the Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Studies programs (MA and DMin). He serves on the board of directors for the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS) and currently serves as the liaison person between the SSCS board and the editorial board for Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality. His current research builds upon earlier books and articles focusing upon the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and their potential as texts for prayer, employing the interdisciplinary tools of the academic study of Christian spirituality, Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutics, and new-historicist literary criticism. His current research includes the methods and critiques of disability (Crip) studies, focusing upon medical, social, and spiritual constructs of people with chronic illness or disabilities, how to reframe, refute and reform said constructs, and proposing possibilities for Christian spiritual affiliation - through prayer, poetry, and the arts.

View Fr. McAloon's CV.

Education

Ph.D., Christian Spirituality, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 2001.

S.T.L., Christianity and Literature, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, 1998.

S.T.M., Theology, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, 1992.

MDiv (Distinction), Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, 1991.

BA, English, Stetson University, DeLand, FL, 1979.

Research

Fr. McAloon's current research includes the methods and critiques of disability (Crip) studies, focusing upon medical, social, and spiritual constructs of people with chronic illness or disabilities, how to reframe, refute and reform said constructs, and proposing possibilities for Christian spiritual affiliation - through prayer, poetry, and the arts.

Selected Publications

Books

Touch Me Afresh: Transforming Prayer through the Poetry of G. M. Hopkins, forthcoming.

Forty-Day Journey with Gerard Manley Hopkins, (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Books, 2009).

The Language of Poetry as a Form of Prayer: The Theo-Poetic Aesthetics of Gerard Manley Hopkins, (NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008).

Journal Articles, Chapters, and Essays

“Gerard Manley Hopkins,” in The Story of the Church of England: A Christianity and Culture Resource, ed., Dee Dyas (CD-ROM, University of York, UK), 2010.

“Reading for Transformation through the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins,” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, 8 (Fall 2008): 182-201.

“‘Let him easter in us’: Praying with Hopkins’ Poetry,” Bridge 3 (Fall 2008): 8-9.

“Discourse, Dialogue, and Discovery in the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality.” In Proceedings of the Sixty-first Annual Convention, 2006, The Catholic Theological Society of America, San Antonio, Texas, 108109.

"Praying with Hopkins." In Hopkins Variations: “Standing round a Waterfall,” edited by Joaquin Kuhn and Joseph J. Feeney. Philadelphia and New York: St. Joseph's University Press and Fordham University Press, 2002.

Book Reviews

Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality, Belden C. Lane, Cithara: Essays in the JudaeoChristian Tradition 52 (November 2012): 68-71.

Spirituality and Mysticism: A Global View, James A. Wiseman, Theological Studies 68 (June 2007): 480.

The Human Poetry of Faith: A Spiritual Guide to Life, Michael Paul Gallagher, Horizons 2 (Fall, 2005): 427-28.

Like and Unlike God: Religious Imaginations in Modern and Contemporary Fiction, John Neary, Christian Spirituality Bulletin (Journal of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality) 8 (Spring/Summer 2000): 25-27.

Courses

Discernment in the Christian Tradition

Christian Contemplation and Action

History of Christian Spirituality I

History of Christian Spirituality II

The Ignatian Way

Ignatian Spirituality