Dr. William Cahoy: Biography

Dr. William Cahoy's Lecture

Dr. Cahoy

Bill Cahoy is dean of the School of Theology•Seminary at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, a position he has held since 1999. He has been on the theology faculty at Saint John’s since 1990, teaching both graduate and undergraduate classes and serving as chair of the undergraduate department of theology from 1994-99. Prior to coming to Saint John’s he was a member of the theology department at St. Mary’s University (MN) for 9 years. He has a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D. from Yale in Systematic Theology to go with his B.A. from Saint John’s. He also studied for a year at Duke University and a year at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

His primary research focus is the work of Søren Kierkegaard though he has also written on feminist theology, the identity of church-related colleges, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and theological education. He was a founding member of the Rhodes Consultation on Church-related colleges in which he worked with approximately 90 colleges to address with faculty what it means to teach at a church-related college. He currently serves on the boards of the Louisville Institute, the Society for Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, and Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Saint Cloud. He has chaired several accreditation teams for theological schools, served on the Faculty Development Advisory Committee of the Association of Theological Schools, and served on staff for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. He has spoken and led workshops or retreats for groups across the country on a variety of topics.

He is married and has 3 children.

Publications and talks include:

“Sense of Place and the Place of Sense,” in Talking Out of Place: Faculty and the Future of Church-Related Colleges (Baylor University Press, 2002).
“Why Theology? Catholic Reflection on Twenty Years of Literature on Theological Education,” Resources in American Christianity at www.resourcingchristianity.org/
“Faith and Reason: Is Curiosity the Enemy of Commitment?” Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA, February 13, 2007.
“The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: What is it? Why Should I Care?” Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA, February 13, 2007; St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict, Collegeville, MN, August 20, 2003.
“Benedictine Wisdom and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition,” Keynote address, Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities, Duluth, MN, June 28, 2006.
“Lamentation and Justice: The Theological Challenges of Forgiveness,” and “Costly Sin, Costly Grace,” Annual Priests’ Assembly, Superior (WI) Diocese, April 3 & 4, 2006.
"Faith and the Liberal Arts: A Roman Catholic Perspective," Faculty Workshop, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, 1997 - 2005.
“Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community,” Panel member, Baylor University, Waco, TX, March 27, 2004.
“The Church as a Learning Church: Catholicism’s Need for Intellectual Life,” Keynote Address, Collegium Summer Institute, 2001 and 2003.
“Academy, University, and Faith Community: Teaching Religion at Religiously Affiliated Institutions,” Special Topics Forum, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Toronto, ON, November 24, 2002.
“Do We Have to be in Control? On Being Faithful in a Pluralistic Society,” Benedictine Center, St. Paul, November 18, 2004.

“The Spirituality of Thinking: The Virtuous Practice of Study,” Benedictine Center, St. Paul, February 26, 2004.
“The Catholic University: An Oxymoron?” Heritage Workshop, Saint John’s University, May 2003.
“Theology: What is it? Why do I need it?” Frank J. Lewis Institute for Catholic Campus Ministers, San Diego, CA, June 2000, 2001, 2002.
“God, Power and Control,” ISTI Sun, October, 1999.
"One Species or Two? Kierkegaard's Anthropology and the Feminist Critique of the Concept of Sin," Modern Theology, 11/4 (October, 1995): 429-54.
"Feminism and Theology," Sisters Today, July, 1993, pp. 243-51.