Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department
Phone: (408) 554-4044
Location: Kenna Hall
Room number: 303
Courses taught:
TESP 5  Catholic Theology: Foundations TESP 38  Contemporary Catholic Theology TESP 39  Catholic Theology: Christology

Francis R. Smith, S.J.

Associate Professor

Fr. Smith is a San Francisco native. As an undergraduate at Santa Clara University in the 1950s, Smith earned a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in History (1956), and followed with an M.A. in Philosophy from Gonzaga University ten years later. By then a member of the Jesuit community, Smith next went to the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he was awarded the S.T.M. from the Jesuit School of Theology (1972), and from there to Rome, where he received an S.T.D. in Fundamental Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1977.

Fr. Smith began to teach at Santa Clara University in 1974. His interests include Christology, ecclesiology, and liberation theology, and he offers a range of courses on these subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


   Courses taught at Santa Clara University
        TESP 5   Catholic Theology: Foundations
        TESP 38   Contemporary Catholic Theology
        TESP 39   Catholic Theology: Christology
        PMIN 201   Experience of God
        PMIN 203   The Mystery of Jesus Christ
        PMIN 204   The Church

Academic Appointments

       * Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University


       * Instructor, St. Mark's College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

      1994, 1996, 1998

       * Instructor, St. John Vianney Regional Seminary, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

      1991, 1993

       * Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University


       * Adjunct Lecturer, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University


       * Acting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University


       * Instructer, School of Applied Theology, Berkeley, CA



   Research Interests

       * Fundamental theology
       * Christology
       * Systematic theology
       * Liberation theology



   The World is Charged: The Transcendent With Us. New York: Crossroads/Herder and Herder, 2004.
   The God Question: A Catholic Approach. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1988.
Chapters in Books
   "The Roman Reaction to Liberation Theology: A Survey of the Recent Magisterium." In Liberation Theology and Socio-Political Transformation, a Reader: Theory and Praxis (ed. J. C. Antezana; Vancouver: Institute for Humanities, Simon Fraser University, 1992).
   "The Catholic Church and the Poor." In Poverty and Social Justice (ed. Francisco Jiménez; Bilingual Press of Arizona State University, 1987).
   "Liberation Theology." Latin American Speaker Series 1991-1992 of The Latin American Studies Association of SJSU and The World Forum of Silicon Valley, San José State University, San José, CA, September 1991.
   "The Origin of Jesuit Education in the Spiritual Experience of Ignatius of Loyola." Keynote Address at the Fourth Annual Institute on Jesuit Education, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, March 1990.


   Professional Memberships

       * American Academy of Religion
       * Catholic Theological Society of America

   Trustee, Santa Clara University, 1977-1982, 1988-present.
   Trustee, Bellarmine College Preparatory, 1977-1982, 1987-1997; Chair 1992-1997.
   Board of Athletic Governance, Santa Clara University.
   Member, Search Committee, Vice President for University Relations, Santa Clara University, 1993.
   Investment Manager, Santa Clara Mission Cemetery Endowment, Inc., Santa Clara, CA, 1977-1982, 1988-present.

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