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Christ the King Seminary has announced two full-time, senior-level faculty members have been added to the staff for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Eric A. Mabry, a Ph.D. candidate at Regis College at the University of Toronto, has been appointed a full-time faculty member in systematics and will teach sacraments in general and theology of creation and grace beginning this fall. He will also teach metaphysics in the pre-theology program.
Mabry, a Texas native and interim director at the prestigious Lonergan Research Institute at Regis College, has served as an assistant and adjunct professor at the seminary for the past three years, during which time he helped write the curricula for eight classes that now serve as part of the academic formation for pre-theologians.
He earned a B.A. degree in theology and philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Tex., graduating summa cum laude, and a master's in philosophy from the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas.
Mabry has written a number of published and unpublished academic papers; received several honors, fellowships and awards; and been invited to participate in many lectures, seminars and panels.
Rev. John W. Adams will serve as assistant director of formation and associate professor in the pastoral studies department. He will also share his extensive background in counseling with the seminarians and deacon candidates, and will teach a course in pastoral counseling.
Father Adams, a native of Pittsburgh, earned a B.S. degree in special education and elementary education from Pennsylvania State University; a master's in education, counseling and psychology from UCLA; and a Ph.D. in education, counseling and psychology from UCLA.
Following the call to his vocation later in life after working as a psychologist, counselor and professor, Father Adams earned his master of divinity degree from Christ the King Seminary and was ordained a priest in June 2014.Prior to ordination, he worked with the deaf community, and served his diaconal assignment at Resurrection Parish, Cheektowaga, which is the diocesan home of the Deaf Apostolate. Father Adams was parochial vicar at SS. Peter and Paul in Hamburg for the past three years.