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Margaret M. Turek, STD

Professor of Dogmatics, Chair of Dogmatics Department and Director of MA Program


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B.A. (Theology) - University of San Francisco

B.A. Equivalency (English) - California State Polytechnic University

M.A. (Systematic Theology) – Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology

Thesis: “The Triune God’s Inter-Personal Kenosis as Ground of the Human Person’s Identity and Consummation”

S.T.D. – University of Fribourg

Dissertation: “Towards a Theology of God the Father: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theodramatic Approach”

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Dr. Margaret Turek is originally from the Midwest. She earned a B.A. at the University of San Francisco where she studied in the St. Ignatius Institute, an M.A. at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, and a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Prior to her graduate studies, she received spiritual formation as a Carmelite for six years. Dr. Turek's scholarly interests include Trinitarian theology, Soteriology, and the re-integration of Dogmatic Theology and Spirituality. Before joining the faculty at STPSU in 2001, she was a tenured Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Dallas. She also teaches in the Deacon Formation Program for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of Oakland.

Conference/Workshop Presentations

“Atonement,” a paper delivered at the symposium, “Renewing Formation: Towards a New Unity of Theology and Sanctity,” at Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, CA, November 9, 2019.

“Divine Love and the Cross of Christ,” a conference given in The Lenten Speakers Series, Faith Seeks Understanding, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, Archdiocese of San Francisco, March 4, 2017.

“Catholic Fiction,” two conferences given at Pastoral Week Conference 2015 in San Diego, CA, January 19-20, 2015.

“Balthasar’s Approach to a Theology of God the Father: Theology at the Service of Spirituality,” a paper presented at the Academic Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Priestly Formation and held at Creighton University, September 11-13, 2009.

Selected Publications

Atonement: Soundings in Biblical, Trinitarian, and Spiritual Theology. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, Forthcoming book, Winter 2021. 

“’In this way the love of God was revealed’ (1 Jn 4:9): Atonement as a ‘Patrogenetic’ Process: Part 1: The Old Testament,” Communio: International Catholic Review 47.1 (Spring, 2020): 7-47.

“’In this way the love of God was revealed’ (1 Jn 4:9): Atonement as a ‘Patrogenetic’ Process: Part 2: The New Testament,” Communio: International Catholic Review 47.2 (Summer, 2020): 399-440.

“Foreword” to Engagement With God: The Drama of Christian Discipleship.  Hans Urs von Balthasar.  San Francisco: Ignatius Press, vii–xi.

General Editor of The Balthasar Readers Series. San Francisco: Ignatius Press.  Book project under contract.

“At the Heart of Priestly Spirituality: Sonship as Mission under the Sign of the Cross” in The Priest as Beloved Son. Edited by James Keating, Ph.D.  The Institute for Priestly Formation Publications, 2015, 43-60.

Towards a Theology of God the Father: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theodramatic Approach. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing. 

“Balthasar’s theology of God the Father and the modern problem of a Father-God,” in La missione teologica di Hans Urs von Balthasar. Edited by A.E. Jerumanis. EUPRESS FTL, 2005, 225-249.