Henry Shea

Shea, SJ
DPhil student
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Henry is a Jesuit priest of the Maryland province. He was born in Washington, DC and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Henry entered the Society of Jesus in 2007 after completing his undergraduate studies in government at Georgetown University.

Before arriving at Oxford as a DPhil candidate in theology, Henry received a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Boston College. He also received a Master of Arts degree while studying philosophy at Fordham University. 

As part of his Jesuit formation, Henry taught theology for three years at Georgetown Preparatory School, where he likewise coached the debate team, announced sports games, and assisted with retreats. Henry is also especially grateful for the opportunities he has had to serve Hispanic and immigrant communities in the Bronx, NY, Boston, MA, and Richmond, VA.

His research at Oxford will explore the historical mediation of grace in a range of twentieth century theologians under the supervision of Professor Graham Ward.


Selected Publications and Presentations:

  • “The Beloved Disciple and the Spiritual Exercises.”Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits 49.2 (2017): 1-35.
  • “Reality in Symbol: Rahner and Schmemann in Dialogue.” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 61.1 (2017): 61-90.
  • “Michel de Certeau,” “Composition of Place,” “Frederick Copleston,” “Discernment,” “Finding God in All Things,” “Gratuity of Ministries,” “Indifference,” “Novels,” “Presupposition,” “Principle and Foundation,” Revues/Journals,” “Suscipe,” in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits. Edited by Thomas Worcester et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Assistant Editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits. Ibid.
  • “Inculturation and the Guadalupana.” Lumen et Vita, 6.1 (2015): 1-8. Also presented at the Lumen et Vita Fall Symposium of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in October 2015.
  • “Internal Tensions in the Theology of Karl Rahner: An Inquiry into the Relationship Between Transcendentality and Realsymbolism.” Presented at the Lumen et Vita Conference of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in January 2018.
  • “‘First Fruits of the New Creation’: Eschatological Dynamisms of the Eucharist.” Presented at the Lumen et Vita Conference of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in January 2016.