Dr. Nathan P. Chase comes to the Aquinas Institute of Theology after completing his PhD in Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Chase is originally from Dallas, Texas where he attended Jesuit College Preparatory School and initially discovered his interest in Liturgical Theology through his experience with his high school’s campus ministry program. Dr. Chase did his undergraduate studies at Boston College where he received a Bachelors of Arts in Theology and Philosophy. He continued his theological education after BC at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota where he received a Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies and a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology. He then completed an Advanced Masters in Church History at KU Leuven in Belgium.
While studying at Notre Dame University, Dr. Nathan Chase completed his dissertation on a little studied Greek Eucharistic prayer from Egypt, which has been dubbed the Barcelona Papyrus. When asked about his interest in Liturgical Theology, Dr. Chase mentioned that he was inspired by the way in which the liturgy brings together theological discourse with pastoral realities.
Dr. Chase’s interest in bringing together academic and pastoral studies in theological education is what eventually led him here to the Aquinas Institute: “It is extremely important for academics and pastoral ministers to be educated together. Our work in the academy is always directed towards building up the church but it can be very easy to forget that.” Dr. Chase was drawn to the Aquinas Institute of Theology because of the mission of the institution, which seeks to train future pastoral ministers alongside those preparing for further theological study. This is one of the ways in which the Aquinas Institute fosters a unique community of students and faculty.
This semester Dr. Chase will be teaching the introductory liturgy course “Theology of Worship,
as well as “Liturgy and Preaching” to the Doctorate of Ministry students and “Contemporary Issues in Sacramental Theology” to students from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. While each course will bring its own challenges during the era of Covid-19, Dr. Chase is extremely enthusiastic to be at the Aquinas Institute and the Aquinas community welcomes him and are very grateful for his presence on our campus.