Gerard Mannion (Sept. 21, 2019)
It is with tremendous sadness and shock that the Executive Committee of INSeCT announces the news that Gerard Mannion, President of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Gerard Mannion has left his mark on a broad spectrum of theological forums. He was the Chair in Catholic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University, a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, and the founding chair of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network. As a long-standing member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, he had assumed the presidency of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology in 2017.
He was published widely in the fields of ecclesiology, ethics, and public theology, as well as in other fields of systematic theology and philosophy. His numerous books include Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism: Evangelii Gaudium and the Papal Agenda (2017), Where We Dwell in Common: Pathways for Dialogue in the 21st Century (ed., 2015), and The Routledge Companion to the Christian Church (2008, ed. with Lewis Mudge). He was also editor of the Bloomsbury Publishing series “Ecclesiological Investigations” and series editor, with Oxford University’s Mark Chapman, of Palgrave Macmillan’s “Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue” series.
Gerard had commitments to a thoroughly accountable and above all inclusive Roman Catholic Church among the faithful; its continuing and eager ecumenical engagement outside the fold; and a readiness to think and write well as a public theologian. He was a great lover of the Church, a passionate ecumenist, and a loyal, collaborative colleague in every endeavour he undertook, which were many.
As President of INSeCT, Gerard worked with passion and commitment to develop the Network so that it could continue to respond to its vision and mission of connecting Catholic theology worldwide as it serves both the Church and the world. His intelligence, dedication, humour and leadership shall be sorely missed.
We keep Gerard, his family, colleagues and friends, in our thoughts and prayers.
Eternal rest grant to Gerard, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
The Executive of INSeCT
Nontando Hadebe (CTSSA)
Maeve Louise Heaney (ACTA)
Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel (ESCT)
Paulo Fernando Carneiro de Andrade (SOTER)