A Sacramental Life: A Festschrift Honoring Bernard Cooke

A Sacramental Life: A Festschrift Honoring Bernard Cooke

A Sacramental Life: A Festschrift Honoring Bernard Cooke

A Sacramental Life: A Festschrift Honoring Bernard Cooke

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"The authors of this volume have explored diverse aspects of Bernard's major theological focus, drawn from them, and directly and indirectly addressed them in a variety of topics." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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It has been some four decades since both of us, as doctoral candidates at Marquette University, first met Bernard Cooke, then chair of the theology department and founder of its Ph.D. program. In the years since, we have had a number of occasions to work with Bernard, and to express privately to him our appreciation for the effect he has had on our lives. It is beyond our furthest dreams that we would have the opportunity to show that gratitude publicly through this well deserved Festschrift. We know in doing so we speak not only for ourselves, but for the thousands of students, colleagues and faithful at large, whose lives Bernard has touched.

Others in this volume will speak of his brilliance as a scholar and a theologian, his extraordinary talent as a teacher and a writer, and his contributions to the Catholic Theological Society of America and the College Theology Society, both of which organizations he has been past president. Equally, if not more impressive are three qualities that Bernard possesses to an unusual degree and that go far beyond what can appear on a resume. He is totally unassuming, fully respectful of even the slowest or most obstinate student, and absolutely generous with his time. He taught us lifelong lessons not only through the insightful content of his theology classes, but also, at least as deeply, through the kind of person and teacher he is. In countless ways this has affected our own teaching and our own way of relating to others.

The essays in this Festschrift celebrate Bernard's life, and the major themes of his theological work. As Bernard Cooke is recognized as the leading American sacramental theologian over the past four and a half decades, this volume is fittingly entitled, A Sacramental Life. The authors of this volume have explored diverse aspects of Bernard's major theological focus, drawn from them, and directly and indirectly addressed them in a variety of topics.

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