Jack Downey, Ph.D.
Office:McShain Hall 213
Dr. Downey joined La Salle in 2012, upon completing his doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University. His dissertation was a study of contemplative influences on the development of Catholic Worker theology. His research interests are rooted in the convergence of mysticism and contemplation with intersectional liberation praxis. His main geo-temporal focus is modern North America, with American Catholic history being a primary field of competence―along with some comparative interests, particularly as related to Buddhism. Outside the classroom, he is actively involved in nonviolent direct action education for environmental and social justice movements.
Areas of Expertise
North American religious history
Catholic social justice traditions
Comparative religious ethics
Ph.D., M.Phil., Fordham University
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
B.A., Wesleyan University
REL 150: Exploring Christianity
REL 251: Peace and Social Justice
REL 244: Religion in the United States
REL 245: Catholicism in the United States
REL 665: Contemporary Spirituality
“Making All Things New: The Mystical Anti-Modernism of Lacouturisme in Quebec,” Arc (McGill University Faculty of Religious Studies), Vol. 41, 2013 (forthcoming).
“Tiny Drops: Henri de Lubac, Dorothy Day, & Anti-Triumphalism as Radical Praxis,”
Union Seminary Quarterly Review (Union Theological Seminary), Vol. 64, No. 2-3 (forthcoming).
“The Strong Meat of the Gospel: ‘Lacouturisme’ and the Revival of Asceticism in North America,” American Catholic Studies (Villanova University), Vol. 122, No. 4.
“Limits of Obedience: John Hugo & Resisting the Military State,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association, Washington, DC, 3 January 2014.
“A Burnt Offering: Tibetan Self-Immolation, Martyrdom, & a Mystical-Political Dharma”, at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group; Buddhism Section; Chinese Religions Group; Body and Religion Group); Baltimore, MD, 25 November 2013.
“The Rising of the Moon: Narrative-based Pedagogy in Social Justice Education,” at the Annual Convention of the College Theology Society; Omaha, NE, 31May 2013.
“Peaceable Dissent: Conscientious Objection in Gaudium et Spes”, at The Irrepressible Energy of the Spirit: Vatican II and Beyond; Chestnut Hill College; Philadelphia, PA, 12 April 2013.
“Steel City’s Phantom Heretic: John Hugo and Lacouturite Theology on The Retreat,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association; New Orleans, LA, 3 January 2013.
“Tiny Drops: Henri de Lubac, Dorothy Day, & Anti-Triumphalism as Radical Praxis,” at the First Annual Union Seminary Quarterly Review Graduate Students’ Conference, The Future of Liberation Theology; New York, NY, 24 February 2012.
“A World of Pain: The Cult of Martyrs in Militant Irish Nationalism,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace Group); Athens, GA, 31 October 2010.
“'The Bread of the Strong': Onésime Lacouture, S.J., John Hugo, and Self-Mortification in the Catholic Worker Movement,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (Roman Catholic Studies Group); Montréal, QC, 7 November 2009.