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A director for Church21

Timothy P. Muldoon. Photo by Lee Pellegrini

Timothy P. Muldoon. Photo by Lee Pellegrini

Timothy P. Muldoon '92, chairman of the religious studies department at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania, has been named the first director of the University's Church in the 21st Century Center. He assumes the post this summer.

The center grows out of BC's Church in the 21st Century Initiative (Church21), which was launched in the fall of 2002 as a two-year program to assist the Catholic Church in exploring issues emerging from the clerical sex abuse crisis and the course for renewal. The initiative sponsored conferences, lectures, and publications, and has produced multimedia educational resources, reading lists, and online classes, often in conjunction with BC schools and departments, for priests, educators, social scientists, the greater Boston College community, and the general public. Citing its success, the University announced the initiative's permanent extension, in the form of the center, this past fall.

Muldoon graduated from BC with Scholar of the College honors, then earned a master's degree in theological studies from Emory University in Atlanta and a doctorate in Roman Catholic systematic theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He taught at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and joined the faculty at Mount Aloysius in 1997.

Muldoon's academic interests include young-adult spirituality and the future of American Catholicism, central themes of the Church in the 21st Century Initiative.

In announcing Muldoon's appointment, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, said, "Tim Muldoon is an accomplished teacher, writer, and administrator who brings experience, enthusiasm, and vitality" to the new position. Special Assistant to the President Robert Newton, who, together with a steering committee and advisory board, directed the Church21 initiative, will serve as chairman of the center's steering committee and will codirect its advisory board with Mary Walsh, the Kearns Professor of Education.

Muldoon is the author of Come to the Banquet: Nourishing Our Spiritual Hunger (2002) and The Ignatian Workout: Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith (2004). He and his wife, Suzanne (O'Farrell '90), have two daughters.

Stephen Gawlik


Stephen Gawlik is a staff writer for the BC Chronicle.

 


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