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Michael C. McCarthy, S.J. '87, M.Div. '97, Vice president; presidential assistant for planning, Fordham University

Michael C. McCarthy, S.J. '87, M.Div. '97

Michael C. McCarthy, S.J. '87, M.Div. '97 is Vice President for Mission Integration and Planning, as well as Presidential Assistant for Planning at Fordham University in New York. He is also on the Theology Faculty at Fordham.

Prior to Fordham, Fr. McCarthy was the executive director of Santa Clara University's Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. He held the Edmund Campion, S.J., Professor endowed chair and was an associate professor with a joint appointment in the religious studies and classics departments.

Fr. McCarthy began his undergraduate career at Stanford University and then joined the Jesuits at Santa Clara University and received his B.A. in 1987. After that, he attended Oxford University to complete the 4-year M.A. in Literae Humaniores, received a Master's in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1997, and earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2003.

His research focuses primarily on Early Christianity, including the concept of church in ancient Christianity, early biblical exegesis, Augustine, religious authority/belief in fourth and fifth centuries, and early asceticism/spirituality.

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Religion and Politics: The Next Round

By Michael McCarthy, S.J. '87, M.Div. '97
A recent article by Laurie Goodstein in the Sunday edition of the New York Times (June 10, 2017) observes a new turn in the storied history of religion...
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Where Did Sin Go?

By Michael McCarthy, S.J. '87, M.Div. '97
A world-class neurologist once told me something that has always stayed with me. He mentioned that he could always tell which stroke victims had a...
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Sabbath in the City

By Michael McCarthy, S.J. '87, M.Div. '97
The only way to know a city is on foot. As a native San Franciscan, I have often been asked to give tours to visitors. When I taught first-quarter...
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Are Sacred and Secular Journeys That Different?

By Michael McCarthy, S.J. '87, M.Div. '97
The long pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela ends by standing in a long line. When you finally arrive in Santiago after walking 100 or more miles, you go the...
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Syncing Body, Mind, and Soul

By Michael McCarthy, S.J. '87, M.Div. '97
I spent this past July walking more than 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I am often asked: what was the the...
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Walking “The Camino” – My Journey Begins

By Michael McCarthy, S.J. '87, M.Div. '97
This summer I'm setting out from the familiar El Camino of Santa Clara, Calif. to take a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in...
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