William Madges, Ph.D.
Dr. Madges completed his undergraduate honors degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati and earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Christian theology at the University of Chicago. Before coming to Saint Joseph’s University in 2006, he was a professor of theology for many years and served as both department chair and director of Xavier’s Ethics, Religion, and Society Program. In 1999 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He also serves as Vice President of A Blessing to One Another, Inc., a non-profit corporation that has created a multimedia, traveling exhibit that documents the special relationship between Pope John Paul II and the Jewish people. The exhibit has travelled throughout the United States and has been seen by more than 800,000 people. Together with Dr. James Buchanan and Rabbi Abie Ingber, he received in 2008 the Ninth Annual Eternal Light Award, presented by The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (St. Leo, Florida) for “outstanding contributions in the cause of interfaith relations and human rights.” Dr. Madges also won the Best Educational Book Award from the Catholic Press Association for Faith, Religion, Theology: A Contemporary Introduction, in 1991. His most recent book is Vatican II: Fifity Personal Stories (Orbis Books, 2012), co-edited with Michael J. Daley.