Joshua D. Brumfield, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theology / Coordinator of Undergraduate Theology
Ph.D., Systematic Theology, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 2015
Dissertation: "Ecclesial Communion and Mission in the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger"
M.A. in Theology, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans, LA, 2009
Thesis: "Balthasar, Rahner, and Salvation for Non-Christians"
B.S. Computer Science and Communications, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 2004
Academic and Professional Experience
Joshua David Brumfield serves as an Assistant Professor of Theology and the Coordinator of Undergraduate Theology at the University of Holy Cross. Dr. Brumfield helped in the implementation of the hybrid Master of Arts in Catholic Theology (MACT), which aims to form lay Catholic Christians to better serve God and neighbor as spouses and parents, employers and employees. He also serves on the Mission Integration Committee and is the faculty advisor of the UHC Pro-Life Club.
In 2016, Dr. Brumfield was invited to join the Academy of Catholic Theology. A native of New Orleans, he completed his doctoral studies at the Catholic University of America (CUA) under the direction of the Dr. Michael Root, and has been a Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at CUA and the Aquinas Institute of Theology and Catholic Studies.
Dr. Brumfield hopes the University of Holy Cross in general, and the Theology Department in particular, will continue to grow and develop as a resource for the Church in the Gulf South through teaching, fellowship, research, publications, and service. He agrees with Pope Benedict that theology, like the Gospel, should never be merely informative, but always and also performative, changing our hearts and lives.
He and his colleagues involve themselves in the New Orleans community, offering lectures and presentations to local parishes, presenting at local and national conferences, and engaging in service projects and charitable activities. His theology majors likewise engage the community by performing service work and leading retreats for local schools and parishes.
Dr. Brumfield was born and raised on the Westbank of New Orleans, earning his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and his MA in Theology from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. He currently resides in Marrero, LA with his wife and three kids and enjoys spending time with students, enjoying the company of his family, and relaxing with a good book.
Dr. Brumfield's article, "Dorothy Option? Dorothy Day, Benedict, and the Future of the Church?" was published in the book Dorothy Day and the Church: Past, Present, and Future by Solidarity Hall Publishing in 2015. He also has a book review of John Moses' Divine Discontent: The Prophetic Voice of Thomas Merton forthcoming in The Merton Annual.
He has given several conference presentations including "Communion and Mission: Benedict, Benedict, and the New Evangelization" at the 2013 convention of the College Theology Society, Teaching Theology and Handing on the Faith: Challenges and Convergences and also "The Movements as the Embodiment of Communion in Ratzinger's Ecclesiology" at the 2014 convention of the College Theology Society: God has begun a Great Work in Us: The Embodiment of Love in Contemporary Consecrated Life and Ecclesial Movements.
Dr. Brumfield is active in local parishes and offered several Year of Mercy Parish Missions as a "Mission of Mercy Presenter" for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and University of Holy Cross. At St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church in Marrero, LA, St. Rosalie Catholic Church in Harvey, LA and Holy Family Catholic Church in Luling, LA he offered the reflections: "The Church: a Merciful People" and "What is God's Mercy and Why Do We Need It?" in the Spring of 2016. He also spoke at the Tulane Catholic Center's "The Wednesday Night Thing" on the topic "Can my friend be saved? Church as Hospital and the Reality of Hell." He is presenting a series of three lectures on marriage at St. Rosalie in the Fall of 2016 and will speak at the Tulane Catholic Center again in the Spring of 2017.
In the News
The UHC Theology Department is proud to announce the launch of the BA in Theology with a minor in Philosophy online, a new Elementary Concentration in Religious Education, and the launch of the online Master of Arts in Catholic Theology. Both the BA and the Master's degree are a hybrid of in-class and virtual learning, and hopes to reach Catholic and Christian Students, Professionals, and Ministers who want to deepen their faith through understanding the Word of God in the Church and Scriptures.
Dr. Brumfield is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology and will soon be a member of the College Theology Society.