Rev. John M. Staak, OMI

Vice President of Administration and Facilities  

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology  

 

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Education

S.T.D. Pontifical Gregorian University; Rome, Italy (Theology -  Fundamental Theology/Philosophical Theology).
Dissertation: "Freedom for Faith: Theological Hermeneutics of Conversion based on George McLean's Philosophy of Culture"

S.T.L. Pontifical Gregorian University; Rome, Italy (Theology) 
Thesis: "The Response of Fundamental Theology to Postmodernity in the Thought of David Tracy"

M.A. Oblate College; Washington, DC (Theology)
Thesis: "The Virtue of Hope and its Expression in St. Eugene de Mazenod"
B.A. Oblate College; Washington, DC (Philosophy)
B.Cer.E. Georgia Institute of Technology; Atlanta, GA (Engineering)

Works Published

Book

Freedom for Faith: Theological Hermeneutics of Discovery based on George McLean's Philosophy of Culture. Vol. 5 of Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change, Series VIII: Christian Philosophical Studies. Washington, DC: Oblate School of Theology and the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2013.

Funded Research Project

As Director of Mission Research at Oblate School of Theology, conducted multiple personal consultations and focus groups in the United States, Canada, and Rome, Italy as the final element of a $500,000 Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Lilly Endowment Grant. Lilly Endowment Inc. (Dr. John Wimmer) and Oblate School of Theology (Rev. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI) received the final report of 254 pages, entitled Towards an Oblate Missionary Institute: Facilitating a Culture of Encounter (May 2014).

Articles in refereed journals

"You Are the Holy People; You Are Kings; You Are Priests; In a Certain Sense, You Are Gods!" Vie Oblate Life 55 (April 1996): 31-39.

"Lift Up Your Eyes (Jn 4:35) - Midwifing Freedom for Faith: Distinctions Regarding Evangelization." Oblatio: Review of Oblate Life II (2013/2): 199-212.

Articles in conference proceedings

"A Link to De Mazenod." In Middle-aged Catholics: Missing in Action?, edited by Arthur A. Pingolt, Jr., 18-19. Missionary Oblate Partnership 2011 DeMazenod Conference at Oblate Renewal Center, San Antonio, TX; March 4-6, 2011.

"Freedom for Faith: Theological Hermeneutics of Conversion Leading to a Permeable Horizon." In Reflections on the "Year of Faith" - Fusion of Horizons and Religious Conversion, Fourth International Fu Jen Academia Catholica Conference, Fu Jen University; Taipei, Taiwan; May 17-18, 2013.

Talks given

"Broadening Missionary Horizons Amidst Shifting Sands: Towards a Renewed Missionary Zeal." International Priests' Internship; San Antonio, Texas; January 22, 2014

"Broadening Missionary Horizons Amidst Shifting Sands: Towards an Oblate Missionary Institute." Oblate School of Theology Board of Trustees; San Antonio, Texas; January 11, 2014

"Faith Encounters: Recognition and Receptivity." Men's ACTS team retreat; Our Lady of Refuge; Roma, October 5, 2013

"The Holy Spirit and the Eucharist." Radio program on 89.7 FM, KJMA San Antonio; San Antonio, Texas; July 24, 2013

"Freedom for Faith: Theological Hermeneutics of Conversion Leading to a Permeable Horizon." In Reflections on the "Year of Faith" - Fusion of Horizons and Religious Conversion , Fourth International Fu Jen Academia Catholica Conference, Fu Jen University; Taipei, Taiwan; May 17-18, 2013

"Dynamics of Faith: From Encounter to Engagement." Pastoral Day Reflections for the Archdiocese of Anchorage; Anchorage, Alaska; March 19, 2013

"The Call of Christ and the Journey of Faith." Sacred Heart School; San Antonio, Texas; February 1, 2013

"The Dynamics of Encounter as Opportunities for Mission." Benedictine Monastery of the Good Shepherd; Rio Grande City, Texas; December 22, 2012

Buffalo Seminary School