Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought

The Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought is a joint appointment between the department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought.

Frank Turner, S.J.

2013 - 2014
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Fr. Turner’s work aims to integrate the political dimensions of the search for social justice with the exploration of Christian faith through philosophy and theology. His work has taken him across Europe. He has taught at universities in Manchester and London, while residing in areas of social deprivation. He also served as principal advisor and representative on international affairs to the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. Through his involvement with the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) as the Secretary for European Affairs, Fr. Turner has engaged with European political structures to help them better respond to social justice issues in EU countries and beyond. Prior to that, he worked as General Director of the Jesuit European Office. Having presence in four countries, the office reflects and comments on current affairs from the primary position of justice and peace.In 2012, Fr. Turner served as the Lane Center’s Summer Scholar-in-Residence where he delivered a three-part lecture series on ethics and public discourse.


James Hanvey, S.J.

2012 - 2013
James Hanvey

James Hanvey specializes in systematic theology and Catholic Social Thought and Ignatian Spirituality. He received his doctorate from Oxford University on the Hegelian metaphysics of Trinitarian Theology and has taught systematic theology at Heythrop College, University of London. He was head of the Theology Department at Heythrop until he founded and was director of the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Society in 2004. When he finished as director he was seconded to work as the theological consultant to the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Although his main field is systematics, he has also held the Veale Chair in Ignatian Spirituality, The Milltown Institute, Dublin and he has also lectured and written on education, health care, and the Church's response to contemporary culture. He co-authored and influential report commissioned by the Catholic Education Service (England and Wales) entitled, 'On the Way to Life' which explored the challenges for Catholic Education in secular post-modern culture. He is currently working on a new book: The Theological Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching - The Witness of the Spirit as well as preparing a collection of papers on the theology of health care and contributory papers to various forthcoming publications: a legal collection on Human Dignity and papers on the anniversary of Vatican II.


James Stormes, S.J.


/uploadedImages/Destinations/Institutes_and_Centers/Lane/About_Us/stormesj.jpgJim Stormes, S.J. most recently held the position of Secretary for Social and International Ministries at the Jesuit Conference in Washington, DC. In this role, he worked to bridge the research and analysis of Jesuit universities worldwide with the on-the-ground direct service and advocacy efforts of local social service agencies. Prior to his appointment to the Jesuit Conference, Jim served as provincial of the Maryland Province of Jesuits. Jim has a Masters in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in economics from the Unviersity of Massachusetts Amherst. He taught economics at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.


Msgr. Robert W. McElroy


Msgr. Robert W. McElroyMsgr. McElroy holds doctoral degrees from Stanford University in international relations and the Pontifical Gregorian University in theological ethics. He is the author of The Search for an American Public Theology (Paulist Press, 1989) and Morality and American Foreign Policy (Princeton University Press, 1992 and reprinted in 2007).


Stephen Schloesser, S.J.

2005 - 2007

Stephen Scholesser, S.J. is a historian whose most recent book, Jazz Age Catholicism, won the American Catholic Historical Association’s John Gilmary Shea Prize for the most original and distinguished contribution to knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church.