Joseph Martos                                                                                                  (502) 636-1848
1463 South Third Street                                                                                    TheSacraments@Gmail.com
Louisville , Kentucky 40208                                                                              (Other addresses available on request)

I recently retired from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, where I was a tenured Professor and Director of the Russell Institute of Religion and Ministry, which offered undergraduate and graduate programs in religious studies and ministry studies. Locally I have also taught part-time at Bellarmine University in Louisville and at the Saint Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. Currently I am a member of the distance learning adjunct faculty of the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

My teaching career embraced undergraduate philosophy and theology courses at De Paul University, Briar Cliff University, Xavier University, De Sales University and Spalding University for over 30 years.

Since 1982 I have taught graduate courses in the summer programs of Saint John's University, Loyola Marymount University, Seattle University, Saint Michael’s College, University of the Incarnate Word, Loyola University Chicago, Fordham University, University of Dallas, Catholic Theological Union, Australian Catholic University, and other schools.

Courses that I have taught include Christology, Christian Morality, Christian Sacraments, Church History, Contemporary Catholicism, Ecclesiology, Ecology and Theology, Epistemology, Eucharistic Theology, Feminist Theology, History of Theology, History of Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Theology, Jesus in Modern Fiction, Liturgical Worship, Logic, Marriage and the Family, Medieval Culture and Theology, Metaphysics, Peace and Justice, Philosophical Ethics, Religion in America, Sacraments of Initiation, Science Fiction and Philosophy, Second Vatican Council, Social Ethics, Spirituality and Prayer, Theological Methodology, and World Religions.

My publications include Doors to the Sacred (1981, 1991, 2001), The Catholic Sacraments (1983), The Great Themes of Scripture (1987-88), Why Be Catholic? (1989), The Wild Man's Journey (1992), and Sacraments, Symbols of God’s Life (2002), The Sacraments: An Interdisciplinary and Interactive Study (2009), and Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual (2015). I have also written numerous popular and scholarly articles, plus works on the sacraments and other subjects in print and audio-visual formats.

My many off-campus presentations have taken me into a variety of speaking situations ranging from parish programs to diocesan conferences, on subjects dealing mainly with sacraments, spirituality and peacemaking.

I received my liberal arts and theological education studying for the Diocese of Brooklyn in New York and Rome, but I left the seminary before being ordained to the Catholic priesthood. I continued my graduate education in philosophy at Boston College and De Paul University.

I have a professional interest in Bernard Lonergan and his work, having written my doctoral dissertation on his thought, and having developed a workshop to introduce students to his philosophical and theological method.

My travels have taken me around the United States, and also to Italy, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Israel, Canada, Australia, and other countries.

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