Paul Lauritzen interviews Dean Brackley, SJ

Posted in Uncategorized by commonweal on February 21st, 2008

Father Dean Brackley is a professor of theology at the Universidad Centroamericana (University of Central America—UCA) in El Salvador. In the 1970s and '80s, Fr. Brackley worked in social ministry and popular education on Manhattan's Lower East Side and in the South Bronx. He taught briefly at Fordham University (1989-90) before joining the staff of the Universidad Centroamericana in 1990 when he succeeded one of the six Jesuits martyred in the UCA massacre the previous year. He has also administered the university's School for Religious Education and collaborated in schools for pastoral formation sponsored by the UCA. He does pastoral work in an urban community.Fr. Brackley's published works include The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times: New Perspectives on the Transformative Wisdom of Ignatius Loyola (Crossroad, 2004); and Divine Revolution: Salvation and Liberation in Catholic Thought (Orbis Books, 1996). Born in upstate New York in 1946, Fr. Brackley entered the Jesuit order in 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1976. He received his doctorate in theological ethics at the University of Chicago in 1980.