John R. Kevern

V. Rev. John R. Kevern
Address583 Sheridan Avenue
Columbus, OH

Dean and President of Bexley Hall and Associate Professor, Bexley Hall

B.A., University of Illinois,
M.Div., The General Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., University of Chicago,

John Kevern joined the faculty of Bexley Hall in 1992 and has been named the Associate Professor in the Eleutheros Cooke Chair of Historical Theology and Church History. He was named Acting Dean of Bexley Hall in 1996, and Dean in 1997.

Dean Kevern was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Chicago in 1980, and worked there for 12 years at several parishes, including St. James’ Cathedral and the Diocesan Center.

A graduate of the General Seminary in New York, Dean Kevern has his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Systematic and Historical Theology, studying with David Tracy and Bernard McGinn. Dean Kevern’s academic interests include the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Karl Rahner, patristic and mediaeval theology, especially Thomism; and the challenge to the Christian faith posed by modernity and its thought forms. The Dean is also adept in the history of the liturgy, which he teaches, including sacramental theology and the critique of modern liturgy called “the Reform of the Reform”.

For eight years, Fr. Kevern was a member of the Lutheran-Episcopal Dialogue III, which ultimately produced the Concordat, now called the Call to Common Mission.

Having lived in both Paris and London, Dean Kevern enjoys travel to Europe and taking students on study trips, which include London, Paris, Rome, and St. Petersburg. He speaks four modern languages.

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