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Religious & Theological Studies

Joseph Kelley

Professor, Co-chair, and Director of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations

Religious & Theological Studies

Dr. Joseph Kelley is Co-chair and Professor in the Department of Religious and Theological studies and director of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack.

He holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Boston University, a D.Min. in clinical pastoral psychology from Andover Newton Theological School, an M.A. in theology (liturgical studies) from the Catholic University of America, and a B.A. in philosophy from Villanova University.

Since his arrival at Merrimack in 1974, he has also served as provost, vice president for mission, vice president for student life and director of campus ministry. He has taught theology and religious studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Merrimack and elsewhere.

He has written five books: “Faith in Exile: Finding Hope in Times of Doubt” (Paulist Press, 2003),“101 Questions and Answers on the Four Last Things” (Paulist Press, 2006), “101 Questions and Answers on Prayer” (Paulist Press, 2008), “Saint Augustine of Hippo: Selections from Confessions and Other Essential Writings-Annotated and Explained” (SkyLight Paths Publications, 2010) and What Are They Saying About Augustine” (Paulist Press 2014). 

A licensed clinical psychologist and musician, he speaks often to parish and community groups in the United States, the UK, Europe and Australia.

A contributing editor for the New Catholic Encyclopedia (Second Edition), Kelley has also authored scholarly articles in the areas of pastoral psychology, liturgical-ritual studies and Augustinian studies. He serves as a board member of the Augustinian Heritage Institute in Villanova, Pennsylvania.


Ph.D., Religious Studies, Boston University
D.Min., Clinical Pastoral Psychology, Andover Newton Theological School
M.A., Theology (Liturgical Studies), Catholic University of America
B.A., Philosophy, Villanova University


Email: kelleyjt


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