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Christopher M. Hadley
Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology

Fr. Hadley came to JST in the Fall Semester of 2016 from a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Lonergan Research Institute at Regis College of the University of Toronto. His work for his Ph.D in 2015 from Marquette University in Milwaukee was on the trinitarian theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. He theological interests are in topics related to ancient and modern trinitarian theology, Christology, pneumatology, and philosophical theology the in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions. He has also taught in the Philosophy Department of Gonzaga University as part of his Jesuit regency program. He has priestly faculties in both the Latin and Byzantine rites and serves in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland and the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of the US.

ST 2014: Foundations of Theology
STSP 2600: Theology & Spirituality of Priesthood


  • A Symphony of Distances: Patristic, Modern, and Gendered Dimensions of Balthasar’s Trinitarian Theology. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2022.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Co-Authored with Kimberly Belcher. “Relational Priesthood in the Body of Christ: A Scriptural, Liturgical, and Trinitarian Approach.” Religions 12:799 (2021).
  • “The Archetypal Faith of Christ.” Theological Studies 81, n. 3 (September 2020): 671–692.
  • “The Theopoetic Constitution of the Church: Christian Ecumenism as a Theological Context.” In Doing Theology as if People Mattered: Encounters in Contextual Theology, edited by Deborah Ross and Eduardo C. Fernández with Stephan B. Bevans, 59–73. New York: Herder & Herder, 2019.
  • “Kenosis as a Pauline Metaphor within a Double-Scope Blend.” In Putting God on the Map: Theology and Conceptual Mapping, edited by Erin Kidd and Jakob Karl Rinderknecht, 103–126. Minneapolis: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic Press, 2018.
  • “Balthasar as Source for Teaching Theology in North American Higher Education,” in Handing on the Faith: Annual Volume 59 (2013) of the College Theology Society, eds. Matthew Lewis Sutton and William L. Portier (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014), 65-74.

Papers / Reviews

  • “The Faith of Christ,” given January 29, 2016 with response for the Lonergan Research Institute Graduate Seminar, Regis College, University of Toronto.
  • “Shorter Notice: Christ and Analogy: The Christological Metaphysics of Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Junius Johnson,” for Theological Studies, Vol. 76, no.2 (June 2015): 389-90.
  • “Kenosis in Paul and Theosis in Gregory of Nyssa: Metaphors of Energy and Process in Dogmatic Theology,” given May 29, 2015 at the College Theology Society (CTS) Annual Meeting at the University of Portland.
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