Prof. Patrick Manning specializes in the area of practical theology with a particular interest in religious education and catechesis. He has a background in parish catechesis and Catholic education, and holds advanced degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Boston College. Prof. Manning’s current research and praxis focus on methods of religious education and faith formation, Christian spirituality, and contemplative pedagogy. Some of his other interests include theological anthropology, evangelization, and the interfacing of faith and culture. As an educator and pastoral theologian, Prof. Manning directs his research and teaching toward inviting people into the fullness of life that Jesus offers. His book, Converting the Imagination (Pickwick Publications), presents a new approach to religious education focused on helping people find meaning in the Christian tradition for their lives in the face of the challenges of contemporary culture.
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- Ph.D., Boston College
- M.T.S., University of Notre Dame
- M.Ed., University of Notre Dame
- B.A., University of Notre Dame
- Converting the Imagination: Teaching to Recover Jesus' Vision for Fullness of Life. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, May 15, 2020
- "Finding Meaning in Christian Classics: An Approach for Engaging the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in Postmodern Culture." Journal of Catholic Higher Education 40(2) (2021): 175-90.
- "Teaching Contemplatively for Unified Hearts and Communities." Religious Education 115(3) (2020): 278-90.
- "Mediating Fruitful Encounters with Truth, Transcendence, and Difference by Teaching Critical Thinking," Religious Education (2018).
"Disintegrating Worldviews and the Future of Catholic Education: Addressing the Deep Roots of Catholic Disaffiliation," Catholic Education 21(2) (2018).
"Teaching for the Recovery of Meaning: An Imagination-Centered Pedagogical Approach for Today's College Students," Teaching Theology and Religion 20(4): 327-39.
- "Engaging Our Symbols, Sharing Our World: Forming Young People Around Symbols for Participation in the Public Sphere," Religious Education 109(4) (2014).
- "Forming the Whole Disciple: A Guide to Crafting a Truly Holistic Catholic Religious Education," Catholic Education 17(2) (2014).
- "That Your Education May Be Complete: Implementing the Bishops' Curriculum Framework in Continuity with the Christian Teaching Tradition," Catholic Education 15(2) (2012).