Catholic Studies

Students and Program Director Tony Alonso talk with a priest.

Catholic Studies

Candler’s Catholic Studies program prepares leaders and scholars for ministry in the Catholic Church and research in the Catholic intellectual tradition. The program demonstrates Candler’s commitment to the rich diversity of the Christian tradition and its acknowledgment of the rapid growth of the Catholic Church in the Southeast. Candler's affiliation with the Aquinas Center of Theology further enhances the Catholic presence at Emory and provides additional resources for the formation of Catholic leaders. And in the coming years, we will welcome some of the finest Catholic scholars and practitioners in the world as guest lecturers, presenters, and professors.

For more information on the program, email Dr. Tony Alonso, Director of Catholic Studies, at

Candler students enrolled in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program may select a concentration in Catholic Studies. The concentration requires 18 hours, and provides students with a series of courses that will prepare them for leadership in Catholic parishes, schools, non-profits, and other contexts. For a list of courses, visit the concentration link above.

Tony Alonso, Director of Catholic Studies and Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture

Steffen Lösel, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Philip L. Reynolds, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Medieval Christianity; Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology

Susan Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies

The Aquinas Center is an affiliate organization located at Candler School of Theology, partnering with the university to provide a range of programmatic and academic offerings, and engage the Catholic community in the Atlanta area and beyond. Learn more about the Aquinas Center.

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