Rev. Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R.
Keynote Speaker at Arizona Rosary Celebration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Dennis Billy
John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania


Rev. Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R. serves as the Karl Rahner Professor of Catholic Theology at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, IN. He is an American Redemptorist of the Baltimore Province. He hails from Staten Island, NY, and was educated there through high school in local Catholic schools. He holds an B.A. in English Literature from Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), a Phil. Cert. from St. Alphonsus College (Suffield, CT), and M.R.E. and M.Div. degrees from Mt. St. Alphonsus Seminary (Esopus, NY).

After his seminary training, Father Billy's religious order asked him to continue studies with a view toward teaching. He went on to earn a Th.D. in Church History from Harvard University, a M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, a M.M.R.Sc. in Moral Theology from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium, an S.T.D. in Spirituality from The Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum, Rome), and a D.Min. in Spiritual Direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation.

For more than twenty years Father Billy was Professor of the History of Moral Theology and Christian Spirituality at the Accademia Alfonsiana of The Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He now serves as scholar-in-residence and holder of The John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Father Billy has authored numerous books and published many articles in a variety of scholarly and popular journals. He is also very active in retreat work and in the ministry of spiritual direction.

C.Ss.R. stands for the Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris, which is Latin for "Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer". The Congregation has a motto taken from verse 7 of Psalm 130, in Latin: Copiosa apud eum redemptio (With him there is plentiful redemption). This portion of the psalm is a succinct declaration of the spirit that motivates Redemptorists because in it God shows himself to be absolutely generous in love, mercy and forgiveness for men and women, loving the world so much as to give his only Son, Jesus Christ (cf. John 3,16).

Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in southern Italy in 1732. Redemptorists strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer by preaching the Gospel to the poor (cf. Luke 4,14-21). The Congregation began as a response to the spiritual needs of the abandoned, poor people living in the rural, mountainous areas outside the city of Naples. Now present in seventy-seven countries, Redemptorists number 5,500 priests, brothers and students who have professed the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. More information on the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer and the Redemptorists can be found on their website: http://www.cssrredemptoristi.com/english/.