Scholar in Residence
Dr. Edward J. Ondrako OFMConv holds a B.A. in Philosophy; M.Th in Theology, Rensselaer, N.Y.; M.S.W. in Social Work, Albany, N.Y.; M.A. in Franciscan Studies, St. Bonaventure, N.Y.; M.Phil. and Ph.D in the Humanities, Syracuse University. His academic interests centre on the ‘Christian humanism’ born at Vatican II, the Council’s interpretation, application and post-conciliar teachings. This is fostering the communication and reception of the Gospel of Jesus, in a harmonious relationship with the world religions (ecumenical and interfaith dialogue), the self-realization of the Church (ecclesiology), her social doctrine vis a vis human rights and political issues, the links between modern science and religion, and the hope in faith and art, all essential to a university. Inspired by the Church’s intellectual history and the development of ideas and doctrine in the thought of John Henry Cardinal Newman, ‘an absent father at Vatican II,’ he focuses on the experience of Christ found in Francis, Bonaventure, Scotus, Kolbe and others in Franciscan thought in dialogue with the modern world.
Publications : Binghamton University: Global Academic Publishing, Publication date, Oct. 6, 2006. ISBN 978-1-58684-266-6.
“Progressive Illumination: A Journey with John Henry Cardinal Newman 1980-2005,”
“The Theology of Partnership: Understanding Election,” Tony Bayfield, Sidney Brichto and Eugene Fisher, eds., He Kissed Him and they Wept: Towards a Theology of Jewish-Catholic Partnership, London: SCM Press, 2001, 84-104.