Roger Haight

Roger Haight Named Alumnus of the Year 2005


The Board of Trustees of the Baptist Theological Union has named Roger Haight, S.J., the Divinity School’s Alumnus of the Year for 2005. Haight is a member of the Jesuit Order, a member of the American Theological Society and a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Haight came to the Divinity School in 1967, after doing the equivalent of an M.Div. at Woodstock College in Maryland. He earned the M.A. in 1969 and the Ph.D. in 1973, with a thesis on Roman Catholic Modernism directed by David Tracy.

Since graduation, Haight has taught in several Jesuit faculties of theology in Manila, Chicago, Toronto, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He participated in the gradual transformation of these schools from closed seminaries for Jesuits to open urban centers for education in theology and training for ministry. A consistent theme in all of the schools in which he has taught has been an application of a high degree of academic integrity to the formation of the minister in today's church. He is currently a visiting professor in historical and systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Haight's books have dealt with basic Christian doctrines about sin and grace, Jesus Christ, and the church. He has also engaged the foundations of theology and offered a systematic interpretation of liberation theology.

Haight's work in christology, Jesus Symbol of God, won first prize for an outstanding work in Christian theology in 2000 from the Catholic Press Association, and a notification that it does not meet the standards of Roman Catholic theology from the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in 2005.

He is currently at work on the third volume of Christian Community in History, subtitled Ecclesial Existence. The first two volumes traced the history of ecclesiology; the second volume also identified and implicitly compared seven distinct ecclesiologies that have developed since the Reformation. The last volume will propose a transdenominational description of a Christian ecclesial anthropology modeled on the work of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. The work is intended to relativize tribal ecclesiology and take seriously what Christians share in common, ecclesially.

Haight will deliver his Alumnus of the Year address, "How My Mind Was Ruined, or Saved: Later Reflections of a Nice Catholic Boy Who Came to The Divinity School in 1967," at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in Swift Lecture Hall. A reception will follow.