Kevin Ahern

Kevin Glauber Ahern, PhD is an assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College. He defended his doctoral dissertation in Theological Ethics from Boston College in 2013. His dissertation was entitled “Structures of Grace: Catholic NGOs and the Church’s Mission in a Globalized World.” From 2003 to 2007, Kevin Ahern served as the President of the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-Pax Romana), an international network of students in over eighty countries. He continues to be active on the boards of several national and international networks, including he Catholic Common Ground Initiative, the board of directors of America Press and as a Vice-President of the ICMICA-Pax Romana, He has edited the Radical Bible and Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church, both with Orbis Books. When not teaching, writing, or going to international meetings, Kevin enjoys hiking, Cape Cod, and spending time with his wife. Follow him on twitter at @kevin_ahern
Kevin Ahern has written 49 posts for Daily Theology

Finding Joy in Pope John XXIII

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift idea for an informed Catholic? If so, you might consider a fun—yet insightful—book about Saint John XXIII by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS, a skilled illustrator and artist. This colorful book tells the story of the Good Saint John XXIII (Clear Faith Publishing, 2014). The 100-page book presents the … Continue reading

Stopping the (disgusting) Pandemic of Fear and Ignorance

This could have been a teaching moment about the “catholicity” of the church and the call of Pope Francis to build a world of solidarity and justice. Instead, it betrays a deadly combination of fear, ignorance, and racism. Instead of bringing out our best, the Ebola crisis is bringing out our worst. Susan Sherman, a … Continue reading

Healing the Wounds with Tea: Why Francis Should Visit Sr. Elizabeth Johnson

Healing the Wounds with Tea: Why Francis Should Visit Sr. Elizabeth Johnson #WSFD In a recent article in America, Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, the former spokeswoman for the US Bishops, proposed a new course of action for how the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith should address Women Religious in the United … Continue reading

From Apathy to Social Action: The Radical Power of Prayer

But like the Church, Christian social action cannot be done in isolation. Social change simply does not happen by the isolated actions of any one activist, saint, or social revolutionary…We need to form communities locally. Our local communities need to link up in movements nationally and globally. This is the only real way social change … Continue reading

Pope Francis and the Powers of Global Governance

The Pope’s Subtle Critique of America’s Cowboy Diplomacy “One nation alone cannot judge how to stop an unjust aggressor.” Pope Francis The humanitarian crisis following the Iraqi/Syrian catastrophe is enormous. Hundreds of thousands have been killed. Over 10 million people have been displaced in the region (more than the population of New York City). Women, … Continue reading

Broadening Our Horizons Recognizing the Diversity of Ecclesial Movements

This past weekend I had the chance to participate (along with several other DT bloggers) in the College Theology Society’s (CTS) annual meeting on the theme, God has begun a Great Work in Us: The Embodiment of Love in Contemporary Consecrated Life and Ecclesial Movements. The role of organized responses to God’s love is an … Continue reading

Defending the Pope From Freemasons: Throwback to John Paul II’s Funeral

The celebrations of Pope John Paul II in the lead up to his canonization this weekend brings back memories of being in Rome for his funeral—a truly amazing experience. As president of the International Movement of Catholic Students (2003-2007), I was sent to Rome from Paris when we heard about the death of the pope. … Continue reading

Water and Catholic Social Teaching – quotes for today

March 22nd is World Water Day – the day that the international community commemorates one of our most important natural resources. Sadly, the reality of water issues in the world is sobering. Millions of people suffer daily due to the lack of access to basic water and sanitation. Women and children suffer the most. For … Continue reading

Patrick: A Prophet for Global Justice

In search of St. Patrick St. Patrick is one of a handful of Christian saints, along with Mary, Valentine and Francis, that is celebrated in popular culture. His feast day is commemorated with supermarket meat sales, green rivers, green beer, and (my favorite) parades.  But who was the real St. Patrick? Most people know that … Continue reading

Young Catholic Perspectives on the Ukraine Protests

Note from Kevin Ahern: The following is a guest post for Daily Theology by Sofiya Kernychna, the Responsible for International Relations for the Federation of Ukrainian Catholic Academic and Student Associations “OBNOVA” (an affiliate of Pax Romana). We share this with you to help bring the voices of young Catholic intellectuals to wider attention. Please … Continue reading


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