Brian W. Hughes

Theology, Philosophy and Pastoral Ministry Department Chair 
Theology Program Director
Associate Professor of Theology
 
B.A., Santa Clara University
M.A., Ph.D., Boston College
brian.hughes@stmary.edu | 913-758-6317 | Saint Mary 304

In 2004, Dr. Brian W. Hughes joined the University of Saint Mary. He holds a doctorate in systematic theology from Boston College.

An engaging and dynamic professor, Dr. Hughes uses a variety of teaching methods and styles from discussion to lecture to group presentations. He also enjoys taking students to undergraduate theology conferences in St. Louis and encouraging honors presentations to the Saint Mary Community.

In 2011, he published his first book, Saving Wisdom: Theology in the Christian University, which explores the role of theology in a modern academic setting. He also publishes works in several Christian journals.

He is also an active member of the Newman Association of America and the Catholic Theological Society of America.
 



Recent Scholarship:
 
Books

2014

Newman and Life in the Spirit: Theological Reflections on Spirituality for Today. Edited by John R. Connolly and Brian W. Hughes. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2014.

2011

Saving Wisdom: Theology in the Christian University.  Foreword by Brian E. Daley, S.J. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011.



Book chapters: (refereed)

2014

“Introduction” (co-authored with John Connolly) Newman and Life in the Spirit: Theological Reflections on Spirituality for Today. Edited by John Connolly and Brian W. Hughes. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2014: 1–12

 

“Newman and the Communion of Saints,” in Newman and Life in the Spirit: Theological Reflections on Spirituality for Today. Edited by John Connolly and Brian W. Hughes. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2014: 167–186

2012

“Theology as Architectonic Wisdom in the Catholic University: Promise and Problems,” New Voices in Catholic Theology. Edited by Anna Bonta Moreland and Joseph Curran (New York: Crossroad/Herder & Herder, 2012): 119–145. 

2009

“Maritain and Newman: Theology, Intellectual Freedom and Human Transcendence in University Education,” Peter A. Pagan Aguiar and Terese Auer, O.P., eds., The Human Person and a Culture of Freedom. (Washington, D.C.: American Maritain Association/The Catholic University of America Press, 2009): 1–12.



Articles in Journals: (refereed)

2010

“Une Source Cachée: Blaise Pascal’s Influence Upon John Henry Newman,” Newman Studies Journal Vol. 7: No. 1 (Spring, 2010): 29–44.



Popular articles

2011

“Sacraments and Sacramentality in Christian Life,” Catechetical Leader October, 2011  Vol. 22. No. 4: 13–18. Invited article

2010

“Oscar Romero the Martyr: A 30th Anniversary Remembrance,” Starr Report. University of Saint Mary, No 4. (2010): 8.



Conference/Academic Presentations

2014

“Newman and the Paradoxical Nature of Christian Joy,” National Newman Association Conf, Franciscan University, OH. July 31-Aug 1.

2011

“Newman and the Communion of Saints,” Catholic Theological Society of America, June 9-12, San Jose, CA.

2010

“St. Philip Neri and John Henry: A Personal and Theological Re-Examination” Newman Association of America Conference, August 5–7, National Institute of Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA.

2008

“Historical Antecedent: Pascalian aspects to Newman’s view of Faith and Reason” National Newman Conference, August 7-10, University of Dallas, TX



Book Reviews

2013

Mike Higton, A Theology of Higher Education (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Horizons Vol. 20/2 December, 2013 332–333.

 

Frederick D. Aquino, An Integrative Habit of Mind: John Henry Newman on the Path to Wisdom (Dekalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2012. Newman Studies Journal, Vol 10. No. 2. Fall 2013: 88–90.

2012

Anthony Mansueto, Doing Justice: Knowing God, Volume 4 (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011). Political Theology Vol.13 No. 6 / 2012: 762-764.

2010

Discussions and Arguments on Various Subjects By John Henry Newman. Introduction and notes by Gerard Tracy and James Tolhurst DD Pp xlix, 490, (Notre Dame, Gracewing, 2004) The Heythrop Journal Vol. 51. No. 1 January (2010): 154–155.

 

Fifteen Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford, By John Henry Newman. Edited by James David Earnest and Gerard Tracey Pp cxvii, 436 (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006) The Heythrop Journal, The Heythrop Journal Vol. 51. No. 1 January (2010): 154–155.