Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality
My doctoral work consisted primarily of a rhetorical study of the sermons of Jesuit preacher and Catholic saint Claude La Colombière (1641–82). That thesis, which I defended at the University of Paris-IV (Paris-Sorbonne) in June 2008, provided the basis for a theological study, which I presented at the Jesuit faculties of Paris (Centre Sèvres) in December 2008 for the ecclesiastical doctorate. My edited translation entitled Claude La Colombière: Sermons appeared in February 2014 with the Northern Illinois University Press.
My current interests focus on the problem of representation in the sacramental tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, specifically on how the sign theory of American polymath Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) can be used to interpret the Christian sacraments.