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Margaret M. Turek, STD

Professor of Dogmatics / Chair of Dogmatic Theology Department / Director of MA (Theology) 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. Before starting her graduate studies, she received spiritual formation as a Carmelite for six years.  

Dr. Turek’s interests are in Dogmatic Theology and Spirituality. She has served as a seminary professor for sixteen years. She also teaches in the Deacon Formation Program for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of Oakland. Before joining the faculty at STPSU, she was a tenured Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Dallas. She is an experienced retreat leader and public speaker.

Dr. Turek is General Editor of The Balthasar Readers Series and the primary editor/commentator of two of the volumes – The Trinity and The Paschal Mystery (forthcoming). Other publications include Atonement: Soundings in Biblical, Trinitarian, and Spiritual Theology (forthcoming), Towards a Theology of God the Father: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theo-Dramatic Approach (Peter Lang), “Balthasar’s theology of God the Father and the modern problem of a Father-God” in La Missione teologica di Hans Urs von Balthasar (EUPRESS FTL), and the Foreword to Balthasar’s Engagement With God: The Drama of Christian Discipleship (Ignatius Press). She has articles in Communio: International Catholic Review and Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture as well as publications of the Institute for Priestly Formation.