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Meet The Theology Faculty

David Delio

David P. Delio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theology
Coordinator for the Theology Program  


Ph.D., Systematic and Historical Theology, The Catholic University of America, Washington D. C., 2012

Dissertation:  John Henry Newman's Areopagus:  The Tamworth Reading Room as an Apology for the "Christian Difference"

Advanced Certificate of Theology, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA, 2006

M.T.S. Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA, 2005 

M.A.T. Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, 2000

B.A. Trinity University, San Antonio TX, 1998 

Academic and Professional Experience
Dr. Delio serves as an Assistant Professor in the Theology Department.  He is the Coordinator for the Theology Program.  He also chairs the Mission Integration Committee and is starting a Philosophy Society for UHC students.   He was the recipient of the Sue Ellen M. Canizaro Chair of Catholic Theology Endowed Professorship at the University of Holy Cross in 2012.

Dr. Delio has two peer-reviewed publications which investigate Newman's Oxford University Sermons and a book review of John Cornwell's Newman's Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint.  He has also presented three papers on Newman's understanding of Faith and Reason, his ecclesiology, and his views on education.

Currently Dr. Delio plans to publish his doctoral dissertation as a book.  He also hopes the Theology Department will develop, through research and publications, Lagniappe Theology-the theology of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.


Fr. Dr. Simon Kim

Rev. Simon C. Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theology
Coordinator for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition  



Ph.D, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 2011 - Systematic and Historical Theology.

M.A. & M.Div, St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, CA, 1998 - Religious Studies.

B.A., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1992 - Social Work.

Academic and Professional Experience 

Dr. Simon C. Kim serves as an Assistant Professor in Theology and the Coordinator for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Dr. Kim is the recipient of the Thomas E. Chambers Endowed Professorship in Theology at the University of Holy Cross. He is a priest of the Diocese of Orange in Southern California ordained in 1998.

Dr. Kim completed his doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in Systematic Theology. His dissertation focuses on theology in cross-cultural contexts intended to further his theological and pastoral reflections.

Simon Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and came to the U.S. at an early age. His own experience of church and identity is the impetus for his theological reflections as he strives to make faith generationally and culturally relevant. His recent publication, Memory and Honor: Cultural and Generational Ministry to Korean American Communities, bridges his theological endeavors and pastoral engagements.

His first work, An Immigration of Theology: Theology of Context as the Theological Method of Virgilio Elizondo and Gustavo Gutiérrez, is a critical investigation on how revelation is rooted in particular peoples, places and cultures. Experts in this field of theology have hailed this work as "the most comprehensive comparative analysis of these two leading theologians to date."

In addition to teaching in classroom, Dr. Kim has been invited to give conferences and workshops across the country. Currently, Dr. Kim serves on the Asian and Pacific Islanders Ad-Hoc Committee for the U.S. Bishops Conference.


Memory and Honor: Cultural and Generational Ministry with Korean American Communities. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013.

El Via Crucís: The Migrant's Way of the Cross. Liguori, MI: Liguori Publications, 2013.

"Introduction." In Asian and Pacific Islander Survey - Episcopal Regions, Subcommittee for Asian and Pacific Island Affairs (SCAPA) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2013.

An Immigration of Theology: Theology of Context as the Theological Method of Virgilio Elizondo and Gustavo Gutiérrez. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2012.

"Origin and Destination: A Theology of the Migrant's Trail." In Faith Perspectives on Migration and Human Trafficking, The African Forum for Catholic Social Teaching (AFCAST), 2012.

Harmony in Faith: Korean American Catholics. Subcommittee for Asian and Pacific Island Affairs (SCAPA) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), forthcoming 2013.




Margaret McKinnon

Margaret M. McKinnon, Ph.D., D. Min.
Adjunct Professor of Theology


B.A. Emmanuel College, Boston, MA - Music Therapy, 1981

M.A. Emmanuel College, Boston, MA - Pastoral Counseling, 1985

M.A. Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY - Theology with Advanced Certificate in Liturgy, 1995

D.Min. Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, IN - Applied Ministries-Religious Education, 1999

Ph.D. Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishwaka, IN - Theological Studies, 2008

Mandatum received from Archbishop Gregory Aymond, November 2011

Academic and Professional Experience
Dr. McKinnon serves as an adjunct faculty for the Theology program and was formerly the program's Coordinator.

Dr. McKinnon was an adjunct faculty member with the School of World Studies teaching Religious Studies and Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (2006-2011) and has over twenty-six years in religious education, liturgy and youth ministry at the parish level in the Dioceses of Birmingham, Alabama, Raleigh, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia.  She has also served as a Facilitator with the Virtual Learning Community of Faith Formation-Pastoral Initiative of the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio since 2008.

Upon completion of her PhD in Theological Studies, she was the recipient of the John Macquarrie Fellowship-Highest Academic Award from Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, IN.

Dr. McKinnon has published:

  • An Abstract: PRAYING WITH THE SCRIPTURES: A CATECHIST'S LECTIONARY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH, Graduate Theological Foundation Fellows Yearbook , Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, IN, 1999.
  • An edited college text: Human Expressions of Spirituality.  Cognella Academic Publishing, San Diego, CA.  August 2010.

She has served as a teacher and retreat leader on a variety of topics such as Women and Scripture, Sacraments, Spirituality, Catechetical Formation at many Christian Churches and Catholic parishes in the dioceses of Raleigh North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia. She has also been involved with ecumenical and interfaith endeavors while living in Richmond, Virginia.

 Professional Associations
College Theology Society (CTS)
National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM) and a member of its Publication's Committee
National Conference for Catechetical Leaders (NCCL)
Spiritual Directors International (SDI). 



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