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Fr. Daniel J. Issing, C.S.C., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Theology and Department Chair. He has taught at King’ College since 2007 and is a vowed member of the Congregation of Holy Cross since 1986. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1990. He holds a bachelor's degree (A.B.) in theology and philosophy from Georgetown University, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the University of Notre Dame, a licentiate in sacred theology (S.T.L.) from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and a doctorate in ethics and social theory (Ph.D.) from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Fr. Issing is a moral theologian, studied in the creative role of Catholic social teaching for public and religious institutions. He is influenced by Berkeley sociologist Jerome Karabel’s examination of the injustice of admission practices at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. At King’s, he typically teaches courses in Christian ethics, justice, and the common good. He employs an experiential pedagogy to help students explore the adventure of their own blessed life. His justice courses often include service activities and community involvement through the Shoval Center. His academic interests are ecclesial in nature, focusing on a modern faith ethic for persons and institutions, particularly Catholic colleges and universities. Fr. Dan preaches retreats and offers lectures in church matters within parish and diocesan settings. He also serves on the provincial council of the Congregation of Holy Cross, U.S. Province, and chairs its Higher Education Commission. Fr. Dan assists at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish across the river from King’s.

Fr. Dan is fascinated by the pontificate of Pope Francis, the poetry of Ranier Maria Rilke, the virtue of precarity in radical Christian community, and what the philosopher-poet John O’Donoghue called the privileged intimacy of blessing at the thresholds of human life. “When a blessing is invoked,” he said, “it changes the atmosphere.”