Sara Fairbanks, O.P., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Homiletics


  • B.A. in European History from Wilson College (Chambersburg, PA) in 1978
  • M.A. in Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology (St. Louis, MO) in 1990
  • Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto School of Theology (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) in 2001.

Teaching Experience:

From 1999 to 2016 Dr. Fairbanks taught undergraduate and graduate students in the theology department at Barry University in Miami, FL.

Current courses:

  • Topics in Preaching
  • Theology of Preaching
  • Liturgical Leadership I
  • Integrative Seminar
  • Core Homiletics Seminar II/Thesis Project Seminar
  • Ethics and Preaching

Recent Publications and Presentations

Published Lecture Series Recording

  • Fully Human: Understanding Christian Anthropology: 12 Lectures on DVD and CD. Bethesda, MD: Now You Know Media, 2017.

Peer Reviewed Articles/Book Chapters

  • “Luke 9:43b-50, Luke 9: 51-62; Luke 10:1-16.” in Feasting on the Gospels—Luke Volume 1: A Feasting on the Word Commentary. Ed. Jarvis, Cynthia, and E. Elisabeth Johnson, Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014: 276, 282, 288.
  • “Greening the Nicene Creed: Liturgical Grounding for Ecological Ethics and Action” Liturgical Ministry 20  (Spring, 2011): 79-86.
  • “Theology: Contextual and Practical.” Theology: Faith, Beliefs, Traditions. Gloria Schaab, ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2010.
  • “The Dynamics of Faith and Revelation.” Theology: Faith, Beliefs, Traditions. Gloria Schaab, ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2010.

Recent Presentations

  • “Who Are You as a Christian in an Evolving Universe?” a two-part lecture series at Weber Retreat Center, Adrian, MI, January 17 and 24, 2018.
  • “Skills for Living a Life of Consecrated Celibacy,” a four-part lecture series for the Trappist Monks of Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner, SC, June 30-July 3, 2017.
  • “The Spirituality of Teresa of Avila,” for the Women of Christian Faith, in Stuart, FL, February 21, 2015.
  • “Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life,” a day-long workshop for the diocese of Charleston, SC, October, 2015.
  • “The Meaning of Easter,” on View Point WPBT Channel 2, in Miami, Florida, April of 2014.