College of Liberal Arts
James Donohue, Chair
Areas of Interest: Fr. James Donohue, C.R. joined the Mount in 1996 and teaches a wide range of courses, including Veritas Symposium, Christology, Sacraments, Gospels, Moral Theology, and pastoral courses such as Skills for Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Religious Education. His professional work is primarily in sacramental and liturgical studies, focusing especially upon the liturgical rites for the sick, the dying, and the deceased. Fr. Jim is well-published in this area and is a popular speaker at both the parish and diocesan level. Fr. Jim contributes to a weekly publication of reflections on Sunday readings and to Celebrating the Word—a weekly Bible study—on the Resurrectionist website www.Resurrectionists.ca. Coach of the Mount's Division III hockey team since 1996, Fr. Jim continues to play in Laurel, MD for an over-50 team called the "Aging Bulls!"
Mary Kate Birge
Areas of Interest: Sr. Mary Kate Birge, SSJ, PhD has her AB in Spanish, Latin and Secondary Education from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA, an MA in Classical Studies from Tufts University, an MA in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, a PhD in Biblical Studies, With Distinction, from The Catholic University of America, and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from Creighton University. Her research interests range among Pauline literature, Synoptic Gospels, Feminist Hermeneutics and Ignatian Spirituality. Her most recent scholarly work is the article on “Colossians” in the forthcoming Paulist Bible Commentary, 2017. In 2013, she was appointed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, in his then capacity as President of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, to serve a four year term as a member of the Board of Control of the New American Bible. Sr. Mary Kate, who is also a spiritual director, from time to time offers parish programs on the Bible and on Ignatian spirituality.
Areas of Interest: Dr. Cloutier joined the Mount faculty in 2006, and holds the Knott Professorship in Catholic theology. He teaches courses in moral theology, Catholic social ethics, and marriage and sexual ethics, as well as directing a year-long seminar for tenure-track faculty across the University on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. His most recent book publications are The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age (Georgetown University Press, 2015) and Walking God’s Earth: The Environment and Catholic Faith (Liturgical Press, 2014). He is a co-editor of the Moral Traditions series at Georgetown University Press, co-director of the Catholic Conversation Project, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Moral Theology, and blogs at catholicmoraltheology.com and at dotCommonweal. He has commented on Catholic news for the Washington Post, NPR, the Baltimore Sun, and other regional and national outlets. Outside the Mount, he serves as a music ministry, follows baseball, and is on the Board of Directors at the Common Market, Frederick's consumer food cooperative.
Areas of Interest: Dr. Collinge joined the Mount faculty in 1980. He now holds the Knott Professorship in Theology and a joint appointment to the department of philosophy. He has research interests in Augustine, Catholic social teaching, and spirituality. He is the author of Historical Dictionary of Catholicism (Scarecrow, 2012). Since 1996, he has chaired the Adams County (PA) Heritage Festival.
Areas of Interest: Dr. Hochschild joined the Theology Faculty full-time in 2012, after teaching philosophy courses for the Seminary for five years. Her research interests are in patristics, especially Augustine and Origen, and a historical approach to systematics. She also teaches and does research in St. Thomas Aquinas, ancient and medieval philosophy, Greek patristics, spirituality and the historical interaction between the ancient world and early Christianity. Just for fun, she is interested in the modern papacy and the tension between modernity and scholasticism in the Catholic Church. Her recent publication is a book, Memory in Augustine’s Theological Anthropology (Oxford: 2012).
Areas of Interest: Dr. McCarthy is the Fr. James M. Forker Professor of Catholic Social Teaching. He teaches and writes in the areas of social ethics, Catholic social teaching, and moral theology. His courses this year are liberal arts seminar, senior seminar, and bioethics.
Areas of Interest: Dr. Stetler joined the Mount in 2012. Her research interests include theological anthropology, spirituality, comparative theology and interreligious dialogue, and modern and postmodern theologies. She is also concerned with the nexus of theology and psychology and, in particular, in theological discussions of suffering, trauma, and mental illness.
Barrett H. Turner
Areas of Interest: Dr. Turner joined the Mount in 2015 after finishing his dissertation on the development of the Church's teaching on religious liberty. He currently teaches Ethics of the Human Good and Bioethics. His additional interests include the development of Catholic social doctrine, scholastic theories of international law (ius gentium), political theology, and the role of Sacred Scripture in moral theology.
Areas of Interest: Dr. Vera joined the Mount faculty in 2015. His research and teaching explore the intersections between fundamental moral theology, technology ethics, and Catholic social teaching. He is currently working on a book about memory as a fruitful focus point for interpreting and evaluating digital media as well as for consulting the Catholic tradition on the ethics of media use. He is also interested in ecclesiology, medieval theology, theologies of revelation, Latino theology, and questions about spatial justice (e.g., travel, transportation access, urban development, and the Church’s role in addressing problems related to these areas).