John R. Sachs

 John R. Sachs
Address140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Weston Jesuit School of Theology

A.B., Boston College, Department of Theology,
M.A., Boston College, Department of Theology,
M.Div., Weston School of Theology,

After graduating from Boston College, Department of Theology (AB, Mathematics), Fr. Sachs entered the New England Province of the Jesuits. After formation that included another degree at BC (MA, Philosophy) and theology studies at Weston School of Theology (MDiv) he was ordained in 1976 and served at Holy Trinity parish in Georgetown for two years. During the next six years, he completed a dissertation in Tübingen (DrTheol, Spirit and Life: The Pneumatology and Christian Spirituality of Hans Urs von Balthasar) under the direction of Professor (now Cardinal) Walter Kasper. After two years at Fairfield University, Fr. Sachs joined the faculty of Weston School of Theology (now the Weston Jesuit Department of the STM) in 1986, where he has greatly enjoyed teaching and learning in the classroom, and serving as Academic Dean. In the wider church community, spiritual direction, retreat work and a small, local intentional community are other important parts of his ministry. On a more personal note, Fr. Sachs loves to cook and enjoys the great music and dance we have in Boston. He is especially delighted to have returned to BC in 2008, the same year his nephew Matt arrived as a freshman.

Recent Publications:
The Christian Vision of Humanity: Basic Christian Anthropology (Liturgical Press,

“Catholic Identity Today: Jesuit Style,” the 2007 Bellarmine Lecture, published by
Fairfield University in Jesuit Education: A Vision of Human Flourishing (2007).

“The Holy Spirit and Christian Form,” Gregorianum 86/2 (2005) 378-96

“The Spirit of the Risen Lord,” The Way Supplement 99 (2000) 22-34

“Ignatian Mysticism,” The Way Supplement 82 (1995) 73-83

“Apocatastasis in Patristic Theology,” Theological Studies 54 (1993) 617-40

“Current Eschatology: Universal Salvation and the Problem of Hell,” Theological
Studies 52 (1991) 227-54

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