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John Courtney Murray Award 2005
Robert Schreiter C.PP.S.

This year’s recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award is a native Midwesterner from the cornhusker state. But his vocation and ministry have taken him many thousands of miles away, to dozens of countries around the world. The model of an ecclesial theologian, our honoree has dedicated his life to the theological enterprise as a service to the Church and to the demands of Christian discipleship in a pluralistic though, too often, divided world.

For the past ten years, he has been a member of the General Council of his religious community, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Since 1996, he has also served on the Task Force on Reconciliation of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization for over 160 relief and development agencies in the Catholic Church. In that capacity, he has developed programs for fostering reconciliation in conflicts throughout the world.

Our distinguished colleague attended St. Joseph ’s College in Rensselaer , Indiana , and received his doctorate in theology from the University of Nijmegen. He holds honorary degrees from his alma mater, St. Joseph ’s, the University of Luzerne , and the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley . His publications include 15 books and over 100 articles. Of truly international renown, he has publications in 19 languages and has lectured in 38 different countries. His books on local theologies and on reconciliation have already attained the status of classic, indeed foundational, texts in their fields.

An intellectual leader in the areas of inculturation, reconciliation, and the world mission of the church, this year’s Murray Award recipient has taught at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago since 1974. At the CTU, he was Academic Dean for nine years and the founding Director of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry. Since the year 2000, he has also been Professor of Theology and Culture at the University of Nijmegen. He is a former President of the American Society of Missiology and of our own Catholic Theological Society of America. In the name of the Catholic Theological Society of America, I am pleased and privileged to confer our highest honor, the John Courtney Murray Award for Distinguished Achievement in Theology, to Robert Schreiter of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.

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