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Visiting Staff 2017-2018

As a Faculty, we are truly honoured and delighted to have a number of international scholars visiting our institution. These academics hail from Belgium (1), Czechia (2), Germany (3), Lithuania (1), Poland (4), Romania (4) and Ukraine (2).

The concerned institutions include KU Leuven (Belgium); Charles University of Prague (Czechia); University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice (Czechia); Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany); T.U. Dortmund (Germany); Universität Koblenz-Landau (Germany); Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania); Evangelical School of Theology, Wroclaw (Poland); John Paul II Pontifical University, Krakow (Poland); Nicolaus Copernicus University (UMK), Torun (Poland); University of Craiova (Romania) and the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv (Ukraine).

CĂLINA, Assoc. Prof. Gelu,

University of Craiova

Erasmus Mobility: 12-17/02/2018

Assoc. Prof. Gelu Călina has graduated in Orthodox Theology (1997) and Juridical Sciences (2003) at the University of Craiova. In 2006, he defended his PhD. at the University of Bucharest, with a thesis entitled "The Relationship between the Church and the State Concerning Interconfessionalism", under the scientific guidance of Prof. Dr Remus Rus. He has benefited from various research internships abroad, including a PhD. scholarship (EPER) at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, (2001/2002/2006/2007), where he studied with prof. Dr. Pierre Gisel, and at: Faraday Institute, St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, UK (2007); the Center for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund, Sweden (2005); Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam, Netherlands; at University of Oslo, Norway, 2011/2014.

Areas of scientific competence and research: misiology, ecumenism, dialogue between sciences and theology.


Mobility Agreement: Training [FDT3815; MRT1020; PLC1120; MRT3340].


Charles University, Prague

Erasmus Mobility: 02-09/02/2018

Lucie Doležalová received her PhD in Medieval Studies at the Central European University in Budapest in 2005 and her habilitation in 2012 at the Charles University in Prague where she works as Associate Professor of Medieval Latin. She authored monographs on the medieval reception of a biblical opuscle Cena Cypriani, on the late medieval biblical mnemonic poem, Summarium Biblie, and co-authored a monograph The Art of Memory in Late Medieval East Central Europe; she also edited several collective volumes, e.g. The Making of Memory in the Middle Ages, Retelling the Bible: Historical, Literary, and Social Contexts, Medieval Manuscript Miscellanies: Composition, Authorship, Use. Her current research concentrates on late medieval personal manuscripts, mnemonics, and medieval obscurity.

Areas of competence: medieval Latin literature, manuscript studies, medieval studies, Bible in the Middle Ages, art of memory, medieval libraries 


Mobility Agreement: teaching

'Biblical medieval mnemonics'

'Introducing Medieval Latin'

'Latin culture in Medieval Europe (and the Mediterranean)'

'Medieval Drama

GAUSE, Prof. Dr Ute 

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Erasmus+ Mobility: 27-30 October 2017

Prof. Gause is Professor of Reformation and Modern Ecclesiastical History at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Her main areas of research include Historical-Theological Women’s and Gender Studies since the Reformation period, studies on Paracelsus, Paracelsismus and Contemporary Ecclesiastical History. She is the main editor of the scientific book series Historical-Theological Gender Studies and Co-editor of the scientific journal Protestant Theology.


Mobility Agreement: Teaching

2017.10.27-28 “The Spirit of the Reformation” Conference (Faculty of Theology)


KARABA, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Miroslav 

Trnava university, Slovakia

Erasmus+ Mobility: 13-18 May 2018

Miroslav Karaba defended his PhD. thesis on Philosophy of quantum physics in 2005 and received habilitation in 2011 (philosophy of science) at Trnava university where he works at the Jesuit Theological faculty (Aloisianum) as an Associate Professor at the department of Christian philosophy and the vice-dean for education. Professionally, he focuses on philosophy of science, philosophy of nature, and epistemology. Furthermore, he is actively involved in an interdisciplinary dialogue between science (mainly physics and cosmology) and Christianity.

Mobility Agreement: Teaching
“Process Thought and the Image of God”
“Gravissimum educationis and the Questions of Religious Knowledge”

KARWASZ, Prof. Grzegorz

Nicolaus Copernicus University (UMK), Torun, Poland

Erasmus+ Mobility: 23-24 April 2018

Karwasz, Professor in experimental physics, graduated in Economy of Foreign Trade at Gdańsk University in 1982 and Technical Physics at Politechnics the same year. He obtained PhD in 1991 in atomic and molecular physics. From 1982, he worked at Polish Academy Gdańsk, on low temperature plasmas. Between 1986-2006, he moved to University of Trento, Italy, Department of Physics and Engineering. In 1990, he stayed at Wayne State University, Detroit, longer research stays also in stays in Australia, Korea, Berlin. In 1991-1996 he participated EU R&D Programme “Construction of Scanning Positron Microscope” (together with the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich). Between 1996-2006, he headed Division of Spectroscopy at Pedagogical Academy of Słupsk, Poland. From 2006, he heads the Department of Didactics of Physics at Nicolaus Copernicus, Toruń. Teaching Didactics of Physics (Toruń and University of Udine, Italy), “Science and Faith – conflict or collaboration” – Faculty of Theology, Toruń, “Cognitive Didactis” at Faculty of Pedagogy. He published research papers in atomic and solid state physics, didactics, pedagogy, philosophy/ religion. He also wrote articles to journals (“Vita Trentina” – dioceses of Trento) and books for pupils and children (astronomy, physics). Expert of EU and International Agency of Atomic Energy. Main interest: interdisciplinary issues in science and and humanities.


Mobility Agreement: Teaching
2018.04.23 “In the Beginning”: Reflections on Genesis and Physics” 
2018.04.24 “Physics, Metaphysics and Theology: On their constant movement of borders” (THL 104 @ 5-7 pm)

KAUPP, Dr Angela 

Universität Koblenz-Landau

Erasmus+ Mobility: 7-11 February 2018

Prof. Kaupp is Professor for Practical Theology, Religious Education and Didactics / Bibeldidaktik, University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz since 2012. She has collaborated and worked in pedagogy and catechetics at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (2009-2012) and in Religious Education at TU Dresden (2008-2009). She was born in Cologne and earned her Doctorate at the Theological Faculty of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg in the subject Religious Education in 2004. She is also interested in psychodrama director (Psychodrama Institute for Europe - PIfE eV) and is married.

Mobility Agreement: Training [International Conference on Catholic Religious Education]

KOWALSKI, Prof. Dr Beate 

T.U. Dortmund

Erasmus+ Mobility: 5-9 May 2018

Prof. Kowalski is Chair of Exegesis and Theology of the New Testament at TU Dortmund University (since 2008). Her research interests are Biblical Intertextuality, the Gospel of John, Revelation of John and Biblical Spirituality. As lecturer / full time professor she has taught at the Universities of Bochum (1990-1995), Koblenz (2006-2008), Limerick (2004-2006), Munich (2002-2003), Paderborn (2003-2004), Passau (2004) and Siegen (1996-2000); she has been a Junior Fellow of the Catholic University of Louvain (2000-2002). As visiting (Erasmus) professor she has given lectures in Birmingham (2016; 2017), Jerusalem (2005; 2006), Malta (2018), Trichur (2015) and Warsaw (2009). Kowalski is a member of the AKN, CBM and SNTS; she also serves as international faculty member of ‘Jesuit Worldwide Learning’ (2017). From 1984-1990 she has studied Catholic Theology, History and Education/Philosophy at the Ruhr-University Bochum followed by a theological dissertation in 1995 on “The Good Shepherd Discourse (John 10:1-18) in the Context of John’s Gospel” (Bochum) and a Habilitation on 2003 on “The Reception of the Prophet Ezekiel in the Revelation of John” (Innsbruck). She has published internationally on a wide range of topics.

Mobility Agreement: Teaching
2018.02.05 "Dei Verbum: Highlights, Legacy and Relevance" (THL RM 307 @ 11-1 pm)
2018.02.06 “Spiritual Reflections on Love and Unity in the Johannine Community” (Seminary Library @ 6 - 7.30 pm)
2018.02.07 “Keeping the memory of Jesus alive” (St. Michael School @ 7 pm)


Evangelical School of Theology, Wroclaw

Erasmus+ Mobility: 27 Sept - 1 Oct 2017

Mr Marek Kucharski is the Chancellor of the Evangelical School of Theology.

Agreement Mobility: Training

OBELENIENĖ, Prof. Dr Birutė 

Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Erasmus+ Mobility: 5 – 8 Feb 2018

Birutė Obelenienė is a professor of Theology Department and senior researcher of Research center on Marriage and Family. She has completed her Master's studies at Kaunas Medical Institute in Pharmacy faculty, defended her doctoral dissertation at Vytautas Magnus University in 2007.  She is the author of more than 40 scientific publication and coauthor of scientific monography "Medicine, ethics, and law about human until birth", two books "Ethics of sexuality education" and Fertility awareness and natural family planning". Research interest:  ethics of sexuality education, bioethics, conjugal ethics, youth preparation for marriage and family life. Lecturing portfolio: Theory of sexuality education, youth preparation for marriage and family, prevention of family crisis, family research, the methodology of writing scientific works in theology.

Mobility Agreement: Teaching
Anthropological dimensions of youth preparation for marriage and family life”
“Human dignity as the criterion of the Anthropological dimension of youth preparation for family life”
“Youth preparation for family life: today’s challenges”

OLEH, Prof. Kindiy

Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv

Erasmus+ Mobility: 26 Oct - 3 Nov 2017

Rev. Dr Oleh Kindiy is Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) and Associate Professor of patristic theology at UCU. He gained his PhD in Historical Theology at the Catholic University of America (CUA), Washington, DC in 2007. His main research interests include Late Antiquity, Patristics and Medieval Studies, Byzantine Studies, Religious Education, Ecumenism, Translation of Historical, Theological and Philosophical Literature, and Catholic Social Doctrine.

Mobility Agreement: Teaching
The Impact of Eschatological Differences in Catholic and Lutheran Traditions
Eastern Church Fathers
John of Damascus
Contemporary Social ethics

POPESCU, Rev. Assoc. Prof. Dr Sergiu-Grigore 

University of Craiova, Romania

Erasmus+ Mobility: 12-17 February 2018 

Rev. Popescu is teaching the History of the Romanian Orthodox Church at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Craiova. Many of the published studies treats local church history topics (Orthodox Church of Oltenia, a region in the southwestern part of Romania), from the penetration and spread of Christianity in this area to the sufferings of the Orthodox clergy during the communist dictatorship.


Mobility Agreement: Training [FDT3815; PLC1400; MRT1020; PLC1120].

REȘCEANU, Rev. Dr. Ion

University of Craiova, Romania

Erasmus+ Mobility: 12-17 February 2018

Ion Reșceanu is currently Head of the Theology Department and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, University of Craiova, where he teaches the study of the Old Testament and the Hebrew language. He got his PhD at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, University of Bucharest, and he has published a number of studies and articles in the domain of Biblical studies, as well as a series of research works focused on the national cultural patrimony and, most specifically, on the old Church cult books. Rev. Dr. Reșceanu is member of the Romanian Society of Biblical Scholars (SBOR).



SŁAWIŃSKI, Rev. Prof. Henryk 

John Paul II Pontifical University, Krakow

Erasmus+ Mobility: 20-24 November 2017

Prof. Sławiński is Associate Professor at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow. He was also a Visiting Professor an der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg - Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät. He is Editor-in-Chief of Polonia Sacra and a Member of the editorial board of the journal Theologos published by the Greek-Catholic Faculty of Theology of the Presov University in Prešov, Slovakia. 

Mobility Agreement: Teaching
2017.11.20 “Models of Evangelization” (12-2 pm)
2017.11.21 “The Word of God in the Liturgical Year - The History, the Present Shape, and the Meaning of the Lectionary of the Roman-Catholic Church” (10-12 pm)
2017.11.23 “Making Sense of Christian Theological” (5-7 pm)
2017.11.24 “Teaching of the Church on the Freedom of Conscience and the Religious Freedom” (10-12 pm)


University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice

Erasmus+ Mobility: 5-9 May 2018

Born in 1973 in Ceske Budejovice in South Bohemia, Czech Republic, Dr Svobodova is senior lecturer at Charles University, Prague, Third Faculty of Medicine, Department of Ethics; at Hussite Theological Faculty, Department of Education, at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Theology; and at the Department of Theology and Philosophy at the Jabok College of Social Pedagogy and Theology, Prague, Czech Republic. She studied Master´s study in theology, philosophy, pedagogy, social sciences and religion at Charles University, Hussite Theological Faculty and at University in South Bohemia, Faculty of Theology (bachelor study in pastoral theology). He carried out her doctoral studies (Ph.D.) at the Charles University, Faculty of Education with thesis on “Non Indifference as Religious Education”. Dr Svobodova is married and has three children. She is interested in Philosophy of education, Theology of education, Ethics, History of education, the relationships of religious and cultural erudition.
E-mail: URL:
Mobility Agreement: Training [FDT3815, FDT5612 & MRT5166].

SZCZERBA, Prof. Wojciech

Evangelical School of Theology, Wroclaw

Erasmus+ Mobility: 27 Sept - 1 Oct 2017

Prof. Szczerba Wojciech is the dean of the Faculty of Theology.


Agreement Mobility: Training

VANCA, Dumitru Adrian, PhD, Professor,

1 December 1918” University of Alba Iulia

Erasmus+ for Training Mobility: 2-5 May, 2018

Dumitru A. VANCA, is orthodox priest and full professor at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Alba Iulia. His main areas of research and teaching enclose the history & theology of the Liturgy. In the last decade he focused on the history of early Romanian liturgical printed books (first Romanian translations of liturgical texts: 16th- 18th cent.). His scientific interest encloses also the orthodox iconology.

He is directing doctoral thesisi in theology at the Doctoral School of Theology in the University of Alba Iulia.

Dumitru A. VANCA is permanent member of the body experts of the ARACIS (The Romanian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) but also member of CNATDCU (National Council for Attesting Titles, Diplomas and Certificates).


Mobility Agreement: Training

VAN ERP, Prof. Dr Stephan 

KU Leuven

Erasmus+ Mobility: 19-23 February 2018

Stephan van Erp, coordinator of the Research Unit Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions, studied theology at the Theological Faculty of Tilburg and philosophy at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. His dissertation was on fundamental theology and aesthetics, and entitled The Art of Theology: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Theological Aesthetics and the Foundations of Theology (Studies in Philosophical Theology, Vol. 25, Leuven, Peeters 2004). He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford and King's College London. In Oxford, he was a tutor in Philosophy of Religion and Doctrine and Interpretation. He has taught Fundamental Theology, Dogmatic Theology and Ethics at the universities of Tilburg, Nijmegen, and Groningen, and has lectured at several universities in the UK and the USA. His research interests concern the fields of Fundamental Theology, in particular the relationship between faith and reason and the role of theology in the academy, and Dogmatic Theology, in particular the doctrines of God, the Incarnation and Revelation. His specific expertise concerns 20th and 21st-century systematic theology, especially the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Karl Rahner, Rowan Williams, and Edward Schillebeeckx. Currently he is working on a research project on the theology of Edward Schillebeeckx. Stephan van Erp is also Chair of the scientific board of the Thijmgenootschap, Managing Editor of Tijdschrift voor Theologie, Editor-in-chief of Brill Research Perspectives in Theology, Editor of T&T Clark Studies in Edward Schillebeeckx (Bloomsbury Press) and of Studies in Philosophical Theology (Peeters Publishers), Chair of the jury of the Edward Schillebeeckx Essay Prize, and organiser of the biennial Edward Schillebeeckx Lecture.

Mobility Agreement: Teaching
2018.02.19 “Political theology as the new fundamental theology” (THL 317 @ 11-1 pm) 
2018.02.20 ““The broken Christian identity of Europe: Migration as a new theme for theology” (THL 104 @ 5-7 pm) 
2018.2.21 “Public Theology as the New Theological Metaphysics” (THL 317 @ 4-5pm)

ZAMFIR, Assoc. Prof. Gheorghe

University of Craiova, Romania

Erasmus+ Mobility: 12-17 February 2018

Rev. Dr Gheorghe Zamfir is Associate Professor of Dogmatics at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, University of Craiova. He obtained his PhD in Dogmatic Theology at the University of Bucharest in 1999. His main research interests include Fundamental Theology, Dogmatics and Ethics.


Mobility Agreement: Training [FDT3815; MRT1020; PLC1120; MRT3340].

ZAVIYSKYY, Rev. Prof. Roman

Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv

Erasmus+ Mobility: 25-31 October 2017

Prof. Zaviyyskyy is Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology at the Ukrainian Catholic University. He has become the first Ukrainian citizen to defend a doctorate in theology at Oxford University. He studied the theological and philosophical achievements of Father Sergius Bulgakov, a Russian Orthodox priest of the early 20th century. After graduating from the Lviv Theological Academy (now UCU) in 1999, Rev. Zaviyskyy obtained his Master’s degree and Licentiate at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He holds a PhD from the University of Oxford. His research interests converge on issues of Systematic theology and social ethics, patristics and modern philosophy, Christian spirituality and culture. Rev. Roman Zaviyskyy is currently President-Delegate from Europe of the COCTI (Conference of Catholic Theological Institutions) as well as President of the Ukrainian branch of the ESCT (European Society for Catholic Theology).

Mobility Agreement: Teaching
East and West: The Influence of Catholic Thought on Orthodox Theology
Sergii Bulgakov in The Context of Modern Orthodox Theology: Sophiology vis-à-vis Neopatristic Synthesis.”
Modern Orthodox Trinitarian Theology: Sergii Bulgakov, Georgii Florovsky and Vladimir Lossky”
Prospects of the Ecumenical Movement


Closing Date Dissertation Proposals
Deadline to present dissertation proposals for next Faculty Board is Monday 17th December 2018 at 10.00hrs

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Last Updated: 2 May 2018

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