Maureen Day, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Religion and Society



  • PhD Graduate Theological Union
  • MA Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley/GTU
  • BA California State University, Chico

“Pope Francis, in integrating the Ignatian and Franciscan traditions, serves as an inspiration to me as I strive to do the same. Saints Francis and Ignatius both cultivated spiritualties that brought intellectual, affective and lived reality together. I teach my classes in a way that will not only hone this in yourself, but also help you bring this holistic outlook to the people in your ministerial vocation.”

Maureen Day is the Assistant Professor of Religion and Society and also a Research Fellow at the Center for Church Management at Villanova University. Especially drawn to young adult ministry, she is a member of the Alliance for Campus Ministry, an advisory group to the USCCB’s Secretariat on Catholic Education. With training in both theology and the social sciences, her teaching and research areas include Catholicism, family, young adults, social ethics and religion in American civic life. Her writings on American Catholic life appear in both Catholic and academic publications, including her edited collection on vocational discernment among young adult Catholics (Paulist Press) as well as a forthcoming book on American Catholic civic engagement (NYU Press). Some of her recent projects include an exploration of Catholic marriage preparation programs, two national studies (survey followed by in-depth interviews) of Catholic campus ministers, and a study of Latino Catholic stewardship.

To read more about her most current work, you may visit her personal website here.


Ministry Seminar I

Ministry Seminar I is the first of four seminars required for the MDiv degree program. Ministry Seminars engage students in a variety of teaching and learning as well as formational experiences to cultivate essential insights and skills necessary for cross-cultural competence in ministry. These experiences include spiritual formation, theological reflection and critical thinking, field placements, and theological grounding in the experience of ministry in the Catholic Church today.

Ministry Seminar IV

This is the last in a series of four seminars required for MDiv students. The course consists of lectures on pastoral ministry, field placements, group theological reflection exercises, and the completion and presentation of capstone projects. In their fourth semester, the students will bring together their experience in ministerial placements with their theological training, and write a final project as the capstone of their field education.