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Owen Phelan
Owen M. Phelan Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Church History
Seminary Faculty
McSweeney Basement
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Ph.D. and M.A., University of Notre Dame
B.A., College of William and Mary



Dr. Phelan works on Church History, History of Christianity and Medieval History. He specializes in the study of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.

Areas of Study


Selected recent publications:

“Forging Traditional Liturgy: Exegesis, Mission, and Medieval Baptism” Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique 107:3-4 (2012) 830-862.

“The Nature of the Soul and the Importance of Reading: Zürich, Zentralbibliothek C64 and Christian Formation in Carolingian Europe” Viator 42:1 (2011) 1-23.

“Horizontal and Vertical Theologies: ‘Sacraments’ in the Works of Paschasius Radbertus and Ratramnus of Corbie” Harvard Theological Review 103:3 (2010) 271-289.

“Catechising the Wild: The Continuity and Innovation of Missionary Catechesis under the Carolingians” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 61:3 (2010) 455-474.

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