Dr. Donald Wallenfang

Professor of Theology/Philosophy
Office Hours: 
Monday 2:00-3:00 p.m., or by appointment
B.M. (Trumpet Performance), Western Michigan University, 2001
M.T.S., St. Norbert College, 2006
Ph.D. (Constructive Theology), Loyola University Chicago, 2011
Bio / Information: 

Dr. Wallenfang, OCDS, Emmanuel Mary of the Cross, is a Secular Discalced Carmelite, Professor of Theology and Philosophy, and Lay Formator in the Institute for Lay Ministry, at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.  He received his M.T.S. from St Norbert College and his Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago. 

Wallenfang specializes in Catholic theology and philosophy, Carmelite spirituality, phenomenology and metaphysics. His research concentrates on the work of Edith Stein, Emmanuel Levinas, Paul Ricoeur, Jean-Luc Marion, the Carmelite saints, and the New Evangelization. He teaches courses in philosophy, theology, lay ecclesial ministry, evangelization, and Carmelite spirituality. His articles have appeared in Philosophy and TheologyLogos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and CultureThe International Journal of Religion in Spirituality and SocietyListening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, and Pacifica, as well as in other book compilations. 

He is the author of Metaphysics: A Basic Introduction in a Christian Key (Cascade, 2019), Phenomenology: A Basic Introduction in the Light of Jesus Christ (Cascade, 2019), Dialectical Anatomy of the Eucharist: An Étude in Phenomenology (Cascade, 2017), and Human and Divine Being: A Study on the Theological Anthropology of Edith Stein (Cascade, 2017). Wallenfang is co-editor with John C. Cavadini for the book series, Global Perspectives on the New Evangelization (Pickwick), the first two volumes of which are entitled Pope Francis and the Event of Encounter (2018) and Evangelization as Interreligious Dialogue (2019). He is a member of Société Internationale de Recherche Emmanuel Levinas and the North American Levinas Society.

Before entering the world of academia, Wallenfang served in full-time Catholic youth ministry for nine years. 

"Metaphysics: A Basic Introduction in a Christian Key" (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2019)
"Phenomenology: A Basic Introduction in the Light of Jesus Christ" (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2019)
"Dialectical Anatomy of the Eucharist: An Étude in Phenomenology," with a Foreword by Jean-Luc Marion (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017)
  • Reviewed by Rodica M. Stoicoiu, Horizons, 45:2 (2018), 507-9.
  • Reviewed by David Farina Turnbloom, Reading Religion, Sept 2018
"Human and Divine Being: A Study on the Theological Anthropology of Edith Stein," with a Foreword by John C. Cavadini (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017)
  • Reviewed by Christof Betschart, OCD, Teresianum 69 (2018/1), 271–74.
  • Reviewed by Patrick Madigan, The Heythrop Journal 29:2 (2018), 343.
  • Reviewed by Sang-il Kim, Reading Religion, Sept 2017
  • Reviewed by David Muthukumar S., The Evangelical Review of Theology and Politics 5 (2017), BR25–28.
"Trilectic of Testimony: A Phenomenological Construal of the Eucharist as Manifestation-Proclamation-Attestation" (Ann Arbor, MI: Proquest, 2012)