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Richard Woods

Professor, Theology

I was born and reared in New Mexico, pursued undergraduate studies in Washington, D.C., New Mexico, and Iowa before becoming a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), a Roman Catholic community of priests, brothers, sisters, and lay men and women founded in the thirteenth-century. I have a PhD in the Philosophy of Religion (Loyola Chicago, 1978), MAs in systematic theology and scholastic philosophy (Aquinas Institute), and the STM (Master of Sacred Theology) from the Dominican Order. For 27 years, I was a member of the graduate faculty in the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, taught undergraduate theology and philosophy, and was adjunct associate professor in the department of psychiatry at Loyola University Medical School from 1981 till 2007. From 1991-99 I was also lecturer and tutor at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University and held the Dominican lectureship as visiting professor at Emory University in 1999. In addition to work in medieval and contemporary spirituality, I continue research in contemporary religious experience. I have written thirteen non-fiction books, edited four anthologies in religious studies, co-authored one novel, wrote another one, and published three novelettes as well as articles in spirituality, theology, sexuality, and Celtic studies. My book, Wellness: Life, Health and Spirituality, was published by Veritas Publications in Dublin in 2008. (I also published a set of 15 CD lectures for Now You Know Media in 2010 called "Spirituality, Health and Healing".) My most recent book, Meister Eckhart: Master of Mystics, was published by Continuum in January 2011. I am currently co-editing the new Continuum Guide to Christian Spirituality, which will be published in 2012. In addition to US citizenship, I am also a citizen of the Republic of Ireland.

Expertise: 
Spiritual and systematic theology
eco-theology
philosophy of religion
religious studies
health and nutrition
Celtic studies
human sexuality
Office & Location: 
Fine Arts 300
Office Phone: 
x6651