Sr. Sara Fairbanks, OP, PhD

Associate Professor of Theology and Preaching



PhD, University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto

MA, Aquinas Institute of Theology

BA, Wilson College



Sr. Fairbanks is a Dominican Sister of Adrian, Michigan. Before coming to Aquinas Institute of Theology Dr. Fairbanks taught at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.  Fairbanks' areas of expertise are homiletics, theology of lay ecclesial ministry, theology of preaching, practical theology and Christian anthropology.

Selected Courses

  • Foundations of Preaching I & II
  • Ecclesiology
  • Core Homiletic Seminar I
  • Topics in Preaching I & II
  • Theology of Preaching
  • Introduction to Theology and Theological Method

Selected Publications 

"'I Am With You Always': Love and Intimacy as a Sexual Celibate," in Sexual Integrity: The Quest for Authenticity and Integration in the The Spiritual Life, edited by Patricia Cooney Hathaway (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2020).

"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, Editors, Jarvis, Cynthia, and E. Elisabeth Johnson (Louisville, KY: Westminister 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.

"Liturgical Preaching by Lay Ecclesial Ministers: What Difference Does it Make?" Liturgical Ministry 15 (Winter 2006) 35-44

"Displaced Persons: Lay Liturgical Preachers at the Eucharist," Worship 77 Vol. 5 (September 2003) 439-456.



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