Fellows of the 2005 Class

Christopher P. Vogt's picture
  • Ph.D., Theological Ethics, Boston College
Christopher P.

Associate Professor, Theology, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Examining how moral formation and the cultivation of virtue intersect with the ways in which people approach social ethical issues such as war, the common good, and care of the dying. 

"Being a Fellow has provided an invaluable opportunity to establish connections with faculty from disciplines across the University who share my interest in the serious, scholarly analysis of moral issues."

St. John's University

Christopher P. Vogt is an Associate Professor of Moral Theology in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. John’s University and is a Senior Research Fellow of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. He is the author of Patience, Compassion, Hope and the Christian Art of Dying Well (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004). His research and publications focus on Virtue Ethics, Catholic Social Thought, Fundamental Catholic Moral Theology, and Healthcare Ethics. His recent work includes “Fostering a Catholic Commitment to the Common Good” (Theological Studies, 2007), “Catholic Social Thought and Creation” and “The Use of Scripture in the Ars Moriendi Tradition” (both forthcoming 2011). He served on the Catholic Theological Society of America’s administrative team for Catholic Social Thought. Dr. Vogt earned a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College.

Annalisa Sacca's picture
  • Ph.D., Italian, New York University

Professor, Academic Coordinator of the Study Abroad in Italy, and Coordinator of the Summer program in Rome of the Master in Global Development and Social Justice

  • Language as a key to understanding persons and culture.
  • Recently awarded a grant by the Department of Education, Title VI program, to create a new BA in Global Development and Area Studies for my College

"Being a Vincentian Fellow has given meaning to what I teach, what I write, what I do. And working with the Vincentian Center has made me understand the mission of our university and the commitment in my classroom to promote a culture of closeness which can break down differences and build up our commonalities in the human family."

St. John's University

Dr. Sacca is a Professor of Italian Language and Literature, the Academic Coordinator of the Study Abroad in Italy, and the Coordinator of the Summer program in Rome of the Master in Global Development and Social Justice.

Rev. Jean-Pierre M. Ruiz's picture
  • S.T.D. Biblical Studies, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Rev. Jean-Pierre M.

Associate Professor

  • Theology of Human Migration
  • Hispanic/Latino theology and ecumenical/interfaith dialogue.

"Being a Vincentian Research Fellow has convinced me that our University's Mission Statement is more than just words on paper. Working with faculty colleagues whose teaching and scholarship in so many different disciplines is marked by our Vincentian commitment to embody the Church's teaching on social justice energizes my own current research on theological approaches to migration and stretches my imagination as a biblical scholar."

St. John's University

Jean-Pierre Ruiz, a Past-President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), maintains an active program of research in biblical studies. His particular interests are in the prophetic and apocalyptic literature, and with a special focus on the relevance of the Bible to contemporary concerns. A contributor to the New Oxford Annotated Bible and to the Anselm Academic Study Bible, he is widely recognized as an authority on the Apocalypse of John. As a Senior Vincentian Research Fellow, his research is focused in three areas: the Theology of Human Migration, Hispanic/Latino theology, and ecumenical/interfaith dialogue. Father Ruiz's recent book Readings from the Edges: the Bible and People on the Move (Orbis, 2011) was the recipient of a Catholic Press Association award. Ruiz serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. In addition to his numerous publications, Fr. Ruiz has hosted and co-hosted a number of radio and television programs, including Bill Moyers' series, Genesis: A Living Conversation.

Kevin S. Rioux's picture
  • Ph.D., Library and Information Science, The University of Texas at Austin
Kevin S.

Associate Professor

  • Social justice issues related to information access
  • Information technologies as tools of social and economic development in both local and international contexts
  • Models of human information behavior.

"Being a Vincentian Research Fellow has allowed for close collaboration on social justice projects with a number of knowledgeable colleagues. These projects have vastly expanded my awareness and conceptions of social justice work' ideas which I readily bring into the classroom."

St. John's University

Kevin S. Rioux is an Associate Professor in the Division of Library and Information Science in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. John's University. He is also a Senior Vincentian Research Fellow. His research focuses on social justice issues related to information access and information technologies as tools of social and economic development in local and international contexts. He has lectured and presented internationally on needs, seeking, and use of information literacy and information access. Dr. Rouix holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Basilio G. Monteiro's picture
  • Ph.D., Social Anthropology of Communication, The Union Institute and University, OH
Basilio G.

Associate Professor and Chair

  • Role of communication and information technologies in sustainable development
  • Theology of communication

"Teaching is a privileged and sacred mission, which provides me occasions to touch and transform the lives of the students for the better and introduce them to the larger world of a compassionate universe."

St. John's University

Basilio G. Monteiro is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Mass Communication in the College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University and a Senior Vincentian Research Fellow. He earned a Ph.D. at The Union Institute and University (Ohio) in Mass Communication and Media Studies. His areas of particular research interest are international communication and development, media and public policy, and the theology of communication. In addition to his undergraduate courses, in 2010 he began teaching in and directing the newly approved Master of Science in International Communication program. Dr. Basilio is involved in several associations of Catholic and International Communicators.

Gina M. Calabrese's picture
  • J.D., Fordham University
Gina M.

Professor of Clinical Education and Associate Director of the Elder Law Clinic

  • Interdisciplinary client advocacy, consumer law (consumer debt, real estate fraud), public interest lawyering, clinical legal education

"Collaboration with other Fellows has helped our legal clinic to develop a more holistic approach to understanding and resolving the legal problems of the elderly. Our students learn to view their clients' cases in the broader context of economic and social justice."

St. John's University

Gina M. Calabrese is a Professor of Clinical Education and the Associate Director of the Elder Law Clinic in the School of Law at St. John's University. Named a Senior Vincentian Research Fellow in 2007, Professor Calabrese's research and teaching focuses on access to legal services for the poor and vulnerable. Prior to clinical teaching, Professor Calabrese headed the Litigation Department of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a California consumer advocacy group. Professor Calabrese holds a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University.

James S. Bethea's picture
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of Iowa
James S.

Associate Professor

  • Mentoring and the resilient behavior of disenfranchised youth

"It is truly uplifting to be part of a group of dedicated colleagues whose individual contributions ultimately leads to the shared vision of enhancing the quality of life of the poor and marginalized."

St. John's University

James S. Bethea, Assistant Professor in The School of Education, St. John's University, Department of Human Services, is a 2005 Vincentian Research Fellow.   His research interest is in critical success factors for disenfranchised youth.   Professor Bethea is the creator of a special mentoring program for the students in the Brooklyn Bridge Program. He received his M.S. from Boston University and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)