Planning Committee

Antonio AutieroAntonio Autiero (Germany)
Professor of Moral Theology, University of Münster

Autiero's activities are placed in the field of fundamental moral (ethical theories of the subject) and in the field of bioethics. 1997-2011 he was also director of the research center in religious and theological sciences at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trent / Italy. 


                                        Michelle Becka (Germany)  

 Michellle is a Professor for Christian Social Ethics, University of Würzburg
Her research Interest are: Social Ethics, Ethics in the Penal System and Ethics in the Prison Pastoral Care; Political Ethics, specially Ethics and Migration; Ethics of Law; Ethics and Interculturality.

Kristin HeyerKristin Heyer, Co-Chair (USA)
Professor, Theology Department
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

Kristin Heyer is a lay, Catholic theological ethicist whose research interests include the ethics of immigration; Catholic political engagement; moral agency; ecclesiology and ethics; and social movements


James KeenanJames F. Keenan
Founders Professor of Theological Ethics - Boston College 

Jim Keenan has been a Jesuit of the New York Province since 1970, and an ordained priest since 1982. His research interests are Fundamental moral theology; history of theological ethics; Thomas Aquinas; virtue ethics; HIV/AIDS; Genetics; Church Leadership Ethics.

Shaji KochutharaShaji George Kochuthara, Co-Chair (India)

Head, Department of Moral Theology, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK)

Shaji George Kochuthara has published The Concept of Sexual Pleasure in the Catholic Moral Tradition (Roma: Pontificia Università Gregoriana, 2007) and a few articles. He is the editor-in-chief of Asian Horizons: Dharmaram Journal of Theology and the Chairperson of the Institutional Ethical Review Board of St. John's Medical College, Bangalore.

Alexandre A. Martins, (Brazil)


Alexandre A. Martins is a Brazilian theologian and bioethicist. He earned his Ph.D. in Theological Ethics/Bioethics from Marquette University, a MA in Religious Studies from Pontifícia Universidade Católica, São Paulo and MA in Bioethics and Public Health from Centro Universitário São Camilo, São Paulo, Brazil. Currently, he is an assistant professor in a joint position between the Theology Department and the College of Nursing at Marquette University in Wisconsin, USA. His research focuses on social ethics and global public health, Catholic social teaching, and liberation theology. His scholarship has been broad. He has engaged in ethics, theology, and health care through a dialogue with anthropology, philosophy, epidemiology, and medical science, especially engaging with marginalized voices and addressing issues from the perspective of the poor.


 Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula (DRC)

Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula, S.J., is a Jesuit from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He earned a PhD in political science from Loyola University Chicago, an STL in social ethics from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Santa Clara University, a B.A. in African theology from Hekima College and a B.A. in philosophy from the Facultés Saint Pierre Canisius (UniversitéLoyola du Congo). He currently lives and teach international relations at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya, where he also serves as Deputy Director. His research area concentrates on theories of development, postcolonial theories, Africa in the international relations, neoliberalism, the global public health policy, HIV/AIDS, and hermeneutics. He also is a literary critic and a published poet.

Displaying T Ross.jpgToni Ross (USA)

Associate Director of the Jesuit Institute at Boston College

Toni Ross joined the Theology Department at Boston College in 1993.


Andrea ViciniAndrea Vicini (Italy), (Co-Chair)
Associate Professor of Moral Theology, School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Boston College

Andrea Vicini, S.J., M.D., is an Associate Professor of Moral Theology.  A practicing pediatrician, he received his Medical Degree and specialization in pediatrics from the University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy), a Bachelor in Theology from Centre Sèvres (Paris, France), a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College, and a second doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Faculty of Theology of Southern Italy.  His research interests include: fundamental moral theology, biotechnologies, reproductive technologies, end of life issues, medical ethics, genetics, and environmental issues.

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