Colleen Mary Mallon, O.P.Colleen Mary Mallon, O.P.

M.A. Theology, University of San Francisco, 1994
Ph.D., Systematic and Philosophical Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA 2002

Since I was a young child

I knew that I wanted to be a teacher.  When I met the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, quite by accident in my senior year of high school, I knew that God was up to something that would change everything.  I am blessed to belong to a congregation of Dominican women whose passion for education nurtured and disciplined my gifts for ministry.  After 15 years of teaching chemistry, biology, and religion, my sisters asked me to pursue a doctorate in theology.  Their confidence awakened me to a certain “theological passion” that seemingly under-girds all of my teaching and preaching.

The same delight

that overtakes me in the “teachable moment”, meets me in study and the intensive labor of “doing theology”; it is, in a sense, experiencing something you know you were born to do.  My heart belongs to the church in the fullness of its wonderful, frustrating, demanding and heartbreaking sacramental sojourn into the Reign of God.  Fundamentally, it is the privilege of walking with Jesus and wanting to be, in some small way, a part of the difference that he continues to effect in this world that orders my theological and religious vocation.

I am grateful

to be serving at Aquinas Institute of Theology.  Teaching and engaging in the ministry of formation for the Vocare Center has only deepened my appreciation of the livingness of the Spirit:  quickening the “sense of the faithful” and stirring new expressions of gospel fidelity among us.

Recent Publications

  • “Tradition and Continuity:  Rethinking the Practice of Christian Remembering,”Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society 36.1 (2009):  50-77.
  • “Dialogue and its Discontents:  Theological and Anthropological Reflections”Missiology: An International Review 36:4 (2008):  491-503.
  • “A Fierce and Tender Passion:  The Praxis of Truth and Christian Discipleship.”  Towards the Intelligent Use of Liberty:  Dominican Approaches in Education,  eds.  Gabrielle Kelly, O.P. and Kevin Saunders, O.P.,  Adelaide, South Australia:  ATF Press, 2007:  114-122.
  • “Reclaiming Hope, Recovering Dialogue.” Review for Religious:  A Journal of Catholic Spirituality 66.1 (2007):  40-54.
  •  “Globalization at Large:  Approaching the Ecclesial Question of Tradition in the Twenty-First Century.”  New Horizons in Theology, Fiftieth Anniversary Volume of the College Theology Society, ed. Terrence Tilley, New York:  Orbis Books, 2005:  135-161.
  • “Ecclesial Discipleship: Applying the Requirements of the Gospel to the Church as Social Institution,” Louvain Studies 28 (2003):  344-362.

Recent Reviews

Book review (invited) of The Dominican Tradition, Phyllis Zagano and Thomas C. McGonigle, O.P. forthcoming in Horizons:  The Journal of the College Theology Society.
Book review (invited) of Constructive Theology:  A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes, Serene Jones and Paul Lakeland, eds., Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society, 33:1 (2006):  148-149.

Recent Presentations

  • Caritas et Veritas lecture, Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois.  “Discipleship and Transformation:  A Dominican Perspective.”  January 28, 2009.
  • “Vatican II and the Incarnational Theologies of Yves Congar and Marie-Dominique Chenu” and “Contemplation and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition” Presentations for the Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield Connecticut, January 18, 2008.
  • “The Signs of the Times and the Theology of Yves Congar.”  Presentation for the Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Sacred Heart University , Fairfield Connecticut, January 12, 2007.
  • “Can We Talk?:  Mission and the Dialogue with the Social Sciences.”  Paper presented for the Missiology and Mission Theology Program Group, Mission in Prophetic Dialogue.  Catholic Theological Society of America.  San Antonio, Texas, June 2006.
  • “Hope in the Signs of These Times:  Engaging the Theology of Yves Congar.” Invited keynote for the Tenth Annual Academic Symposium, Women of Spirit 10:  Shaping and Reshaping:  The Process of Theological Understanding, Molloy College, New York, April 21, 2006.
  • “One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic:  The Holy Spirit in the Church.” Theological Update Program, Diocese of Brooklyn-Queens, New York,.  Archbishop Molloy High School, December 5, 2005 and the Chancery Office, November 29, 2005.
  • “Visioning Today’s Church:  Three Strategies to Consider.”  Paper presented for the Faith Narratives Group of the College Theology Society.  Springhill College, Mobile, Alabama, June 2005.

Professional Service

  • Associate Editor, Missiology:  An International Journal
  • Convener, Catholicity and Mission topic session, Catholic Theological Society of America, 2009-2007.
  • Member, Coordinating Committee of the Women’s Seminar for Constructive Theology, Catholic Theological Society of American, 2007-2005.


  • Award for Best Journal Article, “Globalization at Large:  Approaching the Ecclesial Question of Tradition in the 21st Century”, College Theology Society, June 2006.
  • Center for Teaching and Learning Technology Fellow, St. John’s University, 2007-2005.