Scholars and Experts Available to Comment on Pope Francis, Papal Visit

Monday, June 1, 2015

The following Saint Joseph’s University faculty and administrators — renowned theologians, scholars and experts — are available to comment on various topics relating to Pope Francis’s scheduled visit to Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families, September 22-27, 2015. Pope Francis is expected to attend the Festival of Families on September 26, and celebrate Mass on Sunday, September 27.

For more information about our featured experts, please contact the Office of University Communications at 610-660-1122, or email

Papal Visit Experts

Daniel Joyce, S.J., Executive Director of Mission Programs
Executive Director, ACESJU
Member, World Meeting of the Families Hunger and Homelessness Committee

Office phone: 610-660-3291

  • Pope Francis as a Jesuit and his leadership
  • Pope Francis and Catholic social teaching
  • Pope Francis and U.S. culture
  • Pope Francis and the poor
  • Pope Francis and Catholic education
  • World Meeting of Families; WMOF and Catholic education
  • Jesuit history in Philadelphia

William Madges, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Co-Director, A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People

Office phone: 610-660-1347

  • Pope Francis as Church leader           
  • Pope Francis in context of papal history
  • World Meeting of Families programming
  • Synod on the Family

Philip Cunningham, Ph.D.Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Director, Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations
President, International Council of Christians and Jews

Office phone: 610-660-1863

  • The writings of Pope Francis on relations with the Jews     
  • Pope Francis as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and interreligious relations
  • Pope Francis and the Middle East conflicts
  • Pope Francis and the human person
  • Pope Francis and dialogue with the world's religions
  • The Vision of Pope Francis for the Catholic Church

Joseph A. DiAngelo '70, Ed.D.
Dean, Haub School of Business

Phone: 610-660-3256

  • The impact of Pope Francis's papacy on Jesuit schools
  • The business community's reaction to Pope Francis
  • What business leaders can learn from Pope Francis

Ronald L. Dufresne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Sustainability

Phone: (610) 660-3106

  • Pope Francis as "Servant Leader"
  • The Rise of Servant Leadership
  • The Jesuit tradition: Ignatian Style of Leadership

James Caccamo, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

Office phone: 610-660-1872

  • Pope Francis and social media
  • Pope Francis and Catholic social teaching

Tia Noelle Pratt, Ph.D., Visiting Instructor of Criminal Justice & Public Safety

Office phone: 610-660-2617

  • Pope Francis and Millennial Generation Catholics
  • Identity among African American Catholics
  • Race and racism in the U.S. Catholic Church
Katie Oxx

Katie Oxx, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Producer, "Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia"

Office phone: 610-660-1860

  • Jesuit history/Nativist riots in Philadelphia
  • History of Catholics in Philadelphia

Adam Gregerman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Assistant Director, Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

Office phone: 610-660-1878

  • Pope Francis, Jews and Judaism
  • Pope Francis, Israel and the Middle East
Phillips, Springer

Diane Phillips, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, Certified Member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps
Office phone: 610-660-3232


Clint Springer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
Office phone: 610-660-3432

  • Impact of "Laudato si" on U.S. businesses, political action and legislation (DP)
  • Climate change as a social justice issue / "Laudato si" as a call to action (CS)

Richard Gioioso, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office phone: 610-660-1750

  • Pope Francis and the Cuban people
  • Pope Francis and Cuban-American relations
  • Cuban people and Catholicism/religion
  • Cuban people and religious freedom
  • Cuban people and human rights
  • US-Cuba normalization
  • Cuban Americans and the above


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