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Margaret M. Turek, S.T.D.

Academic Dean/Professor of Dogmatics/Chair of Dogmatics


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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

“The Most Incredible Catholic Case for Atonement,” one 90 minute presentation for The Cordial Catholic YouTube Channel, hosted by Keith Albert Little, July 5, 2022.

A sixty minute interview with Deal Hudson on his program Church and Culture at EWTN Radio, May 14, 2022.

"The Glory of the Lamb and the Battle Against Sin" two papers delivered at "The Inaugural Symposium of the John Paul II Center for Contemplative Culture,” at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ukiah, CA, June 7, 2021. 

“Faith and Film,” two 90 minute presentations in the Summer Series sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, July 14 and 21, 2020.

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

Selected Publications

Atonement: Soundings in Biblical, Trinitarian, and Spiritual Theology. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2022. 

“Diagnosing the Modern Aversion to a Biblical Theology of Atonement,” Church Life Journal: A Journal of the McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame (July 15, 2022).

“’ Inthis 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 (Summer, 2020): 399-440. 

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

“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. 

“Theology at the Service of Spirituality,” in Seminary Theology: Teaching in a Contemplative Way. Edited by Deacon James Keating, Ph.D. The Institute for Priestly Formation Publications, 2010, 97-123.

“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.