Dr. Michael Downey:
With a Master of Arts in special education as well as in theology, Dr. Michael Downey is the first layperson to receive the Ph.D. in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America. His abiding theological concern for those who are wounded and marginalized has brought him to serve the church most in need through lectures, conferences and retreats in different parts of the world. Dr. Downey has held professorial appointments in the United States, France, Britain, Ireland and Canada, and has been visiting lecturer in Viet Nam, India, Ecuador, Philippines, Kenya, and Rome. While in semi-retirement Dr. Downey continues to serve as theological advisor to different bishops in the English- and French-speaking world. Editor of the award-winning New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, he is founding North American editor of Spirituality, an international journal of the Christian spiritual life. Author or editor of more than twenty books, as well as journal articles, essays, and book chapters numbering in the dozens, he is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, and twice recipient of the Catholic Press Association Award. Two of his better known books are Altogether Gift: A Trinitarian Spirituality (2000) and The Heart of Hope (2009).
Recipient of the Cardinal Stritch Award for Professional Distinction, he is a member of the editorial board of Cistercian Studies Quarterly. He has worked extensively with enclosed contemplative communities (Trappists, Trappistines, Carmelites, Poor Clares, Redemptoristines), and has been active in retreat work throughout his theological career. Dr. Downey has a particular interest in Trinitarian theology and a spirituality of hope, expressed in his most recent book Living the Justice of the Triune God [with the late David N. Power] (2012). On March 31, 2005 Pope John Paul II awarded him the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.