Clarke Dr Kevin
Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry
Dr. Kevin Clarke
Institute for Lay Ministry
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Dr. Kevin Clarke is the Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry and Associate Professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. His research, which intersects with various theological and exegetical themes, has primarily focused upon Biblical interpretation in early Christianity, especially the Church Fathers’ spiritual exegesis of the Old Testament and readings that harmonize both Old and New, more specifically St. Maximus the Confessor and his interpretation of Scripture in the 7th century. He has co-edited a book on patristic spirituality, a collection of essays on the ascent to God, which is forthcoming in Nov. 2022 in Brill Academic’s Studies in Theology and Religion series. He also edited and introduced a book for CUA Press on the Fathers of the Church and the capital vices, The Sayings of the Fathers of the Church: The Seven Deadly Sins (May 2018). His next work will be a translation of Maximus’s Opuscula for CUA’s Fathers of the Church Series. He has published or has essays accepted for publication in the Irish Theological Quarterly, Nova et Vetera, Logos, Heythrop, the Angelicum Journal, Vox Patrum, the Review of Biblical Literature, and the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. He is a member of numerous academic societies, including the Catholic Biblical Association, the Academy of Catholic Theology, and the International Association of Patristic Studies, where he is the national correspondent for the United States. He has taught for over a decade in various levels, having served on the faculties of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Patrick’s Seminary & University, Ave Maria University, and John Paul the Great Catholic University. He especially enjoys teaching courses on the Fathers, the Gospel of John, and the Epistle to the Hebrews.


Patristic Spirituality: Classical Perspectives on Ascent in the Journey to God, Don W. Springer and Kevin M. Clarke, eds., Studies in Theology and Religion series, vol. 30, Jan Willem van Henten, Mandy Robbins, et al., eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2022), doi:10.1163/9789004526983

Sayings of the Fathers of the Church: Seven Deadly Sins, edited and introduced by Kevin M. Clarke (Washington: Catholic University of America Press, May 2018), 240 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8132-3021- 4

Academic Journal Publications:
“Maximus the Confessor and Thomas Aquinas on Delayed Hominization: Similarity and Difference,” Angelicum Journal 99.3 (2022), 519–37.

“‘Born from a Woman’: Unveiling the Marian Mystery beneath Paul’s Allegory in Galatians 4,” Irish Theological Quarterly 87.4 (2022), 19 pp. doi:10.1177/00211400221127113

“Προοικονομία in Melito: Allegorical Biblical Exegesis in the Early Christian Liturgy,” Scrinium: Journal of Patrology and Critical Hagiography 18 (2022), 1–23. doi:10.1163/18177565-bja10063

“The Assent of Faith and the Unity of the Form in Biblical Exegesis: Balthasar’s Response to Rahner,” Heythrop Journal LXI.6 (2020), 989–97. doi:10.1111/heyj.13041

“Moses’s Dark Cloud, Teresa’s Dark Night, and the Soul’s Entrance into the Divine Presence” LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 22.1 (2019), 131–46. doi:10.1353/log.2019.0004

“Preserving the Whole Theological System: Maximus the Confessor’s Dyothelitism as a Bulwark for Trinitarian Theology, Christology, and Soteriology,” Vox Patrum 37, vol. 68 (2017), 479–500.

“‘Being Bishoped’ by God: The Theology of the Episcopacy According to St. Ignatius of Antioch,” Nova et Vetera, 14.1 (2016), 227–43.

“The Mother of Fair Love: The Beauty of the Ever-Virgin for the Vocations of Christian Life,” Marian Studies, LXVI (2015), 185–226.

Academic Book Chapters:
“Maximus the Confessor’s Anti-Severan Polemics in the Opuscula,” Studies in Maximus the Confessor's Opuscula theologica et polemica: Papers Collected on the Occasion of the Belgrade Colloquium on Saint Maximus, 3-4 February 2020, Vladimir Cvetković and Alex Leonas, eds., Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, vol. 89 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2022), 105–126, doi:10.1484/M.IPM-EB.5.131019

“Biblical Love, Insatiable Satisfaction, and Deification in Maximus the Confessor,” Patristic Spirituality: Classical Perspectives on Ascent in the Journey to God, Springer and Clarke, eds., Studies in Theology and Religion series, vol. 30, Jan Willem van Henten, Mandy Robbins, et al., eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2022), 376–401, doi:10.1163/9789004526983_022

“The Patristic Understanding of Ascent in the Economy of God,” an introduction co-authored with Don Springer, Patristic Spirituality, Springer and Clarke, eds., STAR 30 (Leiden: Brill, 2022), 1–9, doi:10.1163/9789004526983_002

“Divinely Given ‘Into Our Reality’: Mary’s Maternal Mediation according to Pope Benedict XVI,” De Maria Numquam Satis: The Significance of the Catholic Doctrines of the Blessed Virgin Mary for All People, Judith Marie Gentle and Robert Fastiggi, eds. (Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2009), 157-176.

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