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Dr. Michael DowneyJanuary 5, 2017


Dr. Michael Downey

Magnificent Distractions: Hurdles to Living Contemplatively



Master of Arts in special education as well as in theology, Dr. Michael Downey is the first layperson to receive the Ph.D. in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America.  His abiding theological concern for those who are wounded and marginalized has brought him to serve the church most in need through lectures, conferences and retreats in different parts of the world. Dr. Downey has held professorial appointments in the United States, France, Britain, Ireland and Canada, and has been visiting lecturer in Viet Nam, India, Ecuador, Philippines, Kenya and Rome.  An author or editor of more than twenty books, as well as journal articles, essays and book chapters, he is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, and twice recipient of the Catholic Press Association Award.  Two of his better known books are Altogether Gift: A Trinitarian Spirituality (2000) and The Heart of Hope (2009).