Reverend David O’Leary, S.T.L., D.Phil. — University Chaplain

Reverend David O’Leary, S.T.L., D.Phil. is the University Chaplain at Tufts University. He has held this position since 2002. He is also a Senior Lecturer in the Religion Department on the Medford Campus and lectures on Medical, Professional & Researcher Ethics at the Boston and Grafton campuses.

Reverend O’Leary was born and grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. and M.Div. degrees from Saint John’s Seminary in Boston. He continued his education at Boston College earning a M.Ed. degree from the Institute of Religious Education & Pastoral Ministry. He defended his Pontifical degree S.T.L., Licentiate in Sacred Theology, in Christian Ethics at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. Finally, he earned his D.Phil. in Medical & Theological Ethics from the University of Oxford, Christ Church in England. Before coming to Tufts University, Reverend O’Leary was a Professor of Moral Theology, Spirituality & Sexual Ethics at Saint Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Reverend O’Leary reports directly to the President of Tufts University for all religious and spiritual life issues. He is the head of the Chaplaincy team at Tufts University, administrator of Historic Goddard Chapel and the Interfaith Center. He does work in Spiritual Direction, Retreats, Pastoral Counseling, Engaged and Marriage Counseling and the full range of Campus Ministry. He is a member of the Core Faculty for the International Relations Program. Chair of the Social, Behavioral & Educational, Institution Review Board for Human Subject Testing for the Medford Campus. He is also a member of the IRB at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and a member of the University Wide Ethics Committee. His course offerings have been: “International Relations & World Religions”, “Introduction to Religion”, Mystics & Mysticism”, “World Religions &Ethics”, “Catholicism”, “Catholic Moral & Social Teaching”, and “Medical, Professional & Researcher Ethics”. He has been featured in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine and written up for his pioneering course on “Catholicism in Crisis”. He has been interviewed on radio and television on a variety of religious, spiritual & ethical issues. He has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Religion, Catholic Theological Society of America, The Society of Christian Ethics and the North American Inter Faith Network.

He has published articles on spirituality and an op-ed piece in the Boston Globe, “When Adults Become Abusers of Young People.” (Boston Globe July 11, 2000).

Also the following publications:
2006 “Encyclopedia of Religious & Spiritual Development”, Sage Publications, 12 articles
2005 “A Study of Josef Fuchs’ Writings on Human Nature and Morality”, University Press of America
2001 “Seeking the Path of God’s Justice, an Analysis of the U.S. Bishops’ Letter on Economic Justice”, J.C. Miller Press
1999 “Roman Catholic Beliefs & Prayers, a Handbook for those on a Spiritual Journey”, J.C. Miller Press
1996 “A Vision of Catechesis for Today”, Saint Mary’s Press

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