Theology as Prayer: A Primer for the Diocesan Priest describes how theology can be integrated in prayer and holiness of life. Monsignor Oxley and Father Cush encourage the necessity of the intellectual life for priests and seminarians by providing examples of theological works from various theologians along with relevant meditations on these writings in order to deepen the connection between prayer and intellect.
Monsignor Walter R. Oxley is a priest of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio. Currently, he serves as Senior Director of Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, and Vicar for Clergy of his diocese and has served as a parish priest, Vice-Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a spiritual director at the Pontifical North American College, and an official in the doctrine section of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Monsignor Oxley earned the Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in the field of dogmatic theology and is the author of Personhood and Communion (Blessed Hope, 2019). Father John P. Cush is a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. Currently, he serves as a professor of dogmatic theology and a formation advisor at Saint Joseph’s Seminary and College Dunwoodie in the Archdiocese of New York. Previously, Father Cush was the academic dean and assistant vice-rector of the Pontifical North American College and a theology and church history professor at several Roman universities. He earned the Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in the field of fundamental theology and is the author of The How-to-Book of Catholic Theology (Our Sunday Visitor, 2020).