The Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) met for its 67th annual convention back in June at the Arch Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. With more than 400 members in attendance from North America and around the world, the meeting addressed the theme “Sacrament’s and the Global Church.” Awards were given and members were installed in their new positions of power. Susan A. Ross, PhD, professor and chair of Loyola’s theology department, was installed as the new CTSA president for the upcoming year.

A member since 1985, Dr. Ross has been committed to this professional organization for Catholic theologians for almost 30 years. She served as president-elect this past year where it was her duty to organize the annual convention for the CTSA in St. Louis. Now that she is installed as president, Dr. Ross will fulfill the duties appointed to her.

“In terms of being president, it is my job to keep in touch with the members, and in that sense, the main activity is to meet at this convention. We give scholarships and awards and operate continuing discussion groups throughout the year,” says Ross.

Recently, the board of the CTSA met and issued a statement regarding the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s “notification” on Professor Margaret Farley’s book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Ethics. Dr. Ross says that the CTSA issues these statements to “support our members who are theologians when controversy arises.”

With more than 1,300 members, it is the largest professional society of theologians in the world, so serving as president comes with great prestige and honor. During her time at Loyola, Dr. Ross has published three books in theology and she has had more than 50 of her scholarly articles published. Serving as president can only add to her extensive professional career.

“The basic ethos is to promote scholarship in Catholic theology,”Ross says. “I think that if you look at the list of people who have served as president of CTSA, they are usually people who are somewhat senior but have had long distinguished careers. It is definitely an honor to be president of an organization I have been committed to for such a long time.”

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