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Department ofReligious Studies

Francis R. Smith, S.J.

Francis R. Smith

Associate Professor

Fr. Smith is a San Francisco native. As an undergraduate at Santa Clara University in the 1950s, Smith earned a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in History (1956), and followed with an M.A. in Philosophy from Gonzaga University ten years later. By then a member of the Jesuit community, Smith next went to the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he was awarded the S.T.M. from the Jesuit School of Theology (1972), and from there to Rome, where he received an S.T.D. in Fundamental Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1977.

Fr. Smith began to teach at Santa Clara University in 1974. His interests include Christology, ecclesiology, and liberation theology, and he offers a range of courses on these subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


        TESP 5   Catholic Theology: Foundations
        TESP 38   Contemporary Catholic Theology
        TESP 39   Catholic Theology: Christology
        PMIN 201   Experience of God
        PMIN 203   The Mystery of Jesus Christ
        PMIN 204&


   The World is Charged: The Transcendent With Us. New York: Crossroads/Herder and Herder, 2004.
   The God Question: A Catholic Approach. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1988.
Chapters in Books
   "The Roman Reaction to Liberation Theology: A Survey of the Recent Magisterium." In Liberation Theology and Socio-Political Transformation, a Reader: Theory and Praxis (ed. J. C. Antezana; Vancouver: Institute for Humanities, Simon Fraser University, 1992).
   "The Catholic Church and the Poor." In Poverty and Social Justice (ed. Francisco Jiménez; Bilingual Press of Arizona State University, 1987).