Brian Bajzek, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology
Director of Pre-Theology




Ph.D. Regis College, University of Toronto (Theological Studies)
M.A. Marquette University (Theology)
B.A. Marquette University (Theology)


Book Chapters

"Serving the Other: Robert Doran's Work at the Crux of Horizontal and Vertical Alterity," in Intellect, Affect, and God: The Trinity, History, and the Life of Grace, eds. Joseph Ogbonnaya and Gerard Whelan (Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, Forthcoming, 2021).  

Journal Articles

"Cruciform Encounter in a Time of Crisis: Enfleshing an Ethics of Alterity"  Theological Studies. In Press (March 2019).  

"Alterity, Similarity, and Dialectic: Methodological Reflections on the Turn to the Other" International Philosophical Quarterly 57, no. 3 (September 2017): 249-66.

"Intersubjectivity, Illeity, and Being-in-Love: Lonergan and Levinas on Self-Transcendence" The Heythrop Journal, In Press. Early View available at

Popular Media

"The Rhythm of Metaphysics" Syndicate Press Symposium on Analogia Entis: Metaphysics—Original Structure and Universal Rhythm. Print volume to follow.  


Academic Conferences

Panel Presentation: "Whose Populism? Which People? Examining Populism and Its Implications in Contemporary Christian Contexts" with Chanelle Robinson and Nicholas T. Olkovich, Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Canadian Theological Society Annual Meeting, June 3-5, 2019

"A Church for the Other: Non-indifference and the Law of the Cross"
The Church and Migration: Global In/Difference (Twelfth International Gathering of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network), June 25-27, 2018, Toronto, ON

"Transposition, Divine Intersubjectivity, and the Gifts of the Spirit: New Prospects for a Methodical Theology"  Co-presented with Eric Mabry, West Coast Methods Institute, April 21, 2018, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

"'The Full Stature of Christ': Imitation and Participation as Program for Priestly Formation"  Keynote Presentation, 2018 Conference for Collaborative Philosophy, Theology, and Ministry: Expanding a 'Not Numerous Center,Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY, February 24, 2018

"Crisis, Encounter, and the Cross: Incarnating Value in an Ethics of Alterity"  Lonergan Research Institute Graduate Seminar Series, November 10, 2017, Regis College, University of Toronto

"Grace at the Margins, Conversion at the Cinema"  Lonergan on the Edge Graduate Student Conference, September 15, 2017, Marquette University

"Enfleshing an Ethics of Alterity: Incarnation, Intersubjectivity, and Animality"  Catholic Theological Society of America Annual Convention, Moral Theology Topic Session, June 10, 2017, Albuquerque

"And Love Does Not Disappoint: Understanding and Applying the Concept of the Fifth Level of Consciousness"  West Coast Methods Institute, April 20, 2017, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

"Is Lonergan Open to the Other? Methodological Reflections on New Stages and Differentiations"  Keynote Presentation, First Annual Meeting of The International Institute for Method in Theology, March 31, 2017, Marquette University

"The Image of God in the Face of the Other"  M. Shawn Copeland Presentation in Contextual Theology Lonergan on the Edge Graduate Student Conference, September 24, 2016, Marquette University

"Developing through Difference: Alterity and Similarity beyond Vatican II"  College Theology Society Annual Convention, Ecclesiology Topic Session, June 3, 2016, Rockhurst University

"Alterity and Similarity in a Multi-Religious World: Advancing the Integral Dialectic of Vatican II"  Engaging Particularities Conference on Comparative Theology and Interreligious Dialogue, April 3, 2016, Boston College

"Alterity, Similarity, and Dialectic: Resituating a Lonergan/Levinas Dialogue"  West Coast Methods Institute, March 31, 2016, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

"Intersubjectivity, Illeity, and Being-in-Love: Lonergan and Levinas on Self-Transcendence"  Lonergan on the Edge Graduate Student Conference, September 10, 2015, Marquette University

"Advancing the Prior 'We': A Levinasian Expansion of Lonergan on Intersubjectivity"  West Coast Methods Institute, April 10, 2015, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

"The Community of the Self-Emptying Servant: A Kenotic  Expansion of Robert Doran's Ecclesial Heuristic"  Lonergan on the Edge Graduate Student Conference, September 19, 2014, Marquette University

Invited Panel Member—"Doing Catholic Systematic Theology in a Multi-Religious World"  Marquette Lonergan Project—Annual Fall Colloquium, November 8, 2013, Marquette University

Ecclesial Presentations

Invited Dinner Lecture: "How the Trinity Transforms Christian Living"  with Eric Mabry, Christ the King Seminary June 20, 2018

Honors, Appointments, and Awards

Area Director: Philosophy—International Institute for Method in Theology
Graduate Research Assistant—Lonergan Research Institute, Toronto, September 2014-2018
Junior Scholar—Lonergan Research Institute, Toronto

Buffalo Seminary School