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For Immediate Release: August 5, 2013

Dominican Scholar Appointed New Randall Chair Professor at Providence College    


Providence, R.I. — Rev. Paul Philibert, O.P., ’58, has been named the Rev. Robert J. Randall Professor in Christian Culture at Providence College for the 2013-2014 academic year. He is a professor of theology and the Chair of the Board of the Congar Institute for Ministry Development, (a ministry of the Southern Dominican Province) and concurrently, a Scholar in Residence and Chaplain, Dominican Monastery in Lufkin, Texas.

The Randall Professorship was established in 2002 as the College’s first endowed chair. It is named for the priest and scholar who taught at PC for more than 25 years in the Department of English, the Development of Western Civilization Program, and the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

Rev. Philibert is the tenth scholar to serve as the Randall Professor. He will teach courses in the Liberal Arts Honor Program: fall semester -“Christ and Culture”; spring semester – “Maturity of Faith”. He also will present lectures to the College community during the fall and spring semesters.

Rev. Philibert is a native of Baltimore, Md. He was ordained in 1963, and has spent most of his ministry as a teacher of theology. He is a Catholic Dominican friar of the Southern Province.  He received his bachelor’s degree in the humanities from Providence College. After graduate studies in Lyons, France, he earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. in 1972.

Among his academic appointments were teaching posts at Albertus Magnus College (New Haven), Providence College, St. Mary's Seminary & University (Baltimore), Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), Aquinas Institute of Theology (St. Louis) and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). In addition, he served as the President of the Dominican School of Theology and Philosophy at Berkeley and Director of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Rev. Philibert is the author of several books and publications including, Translation of Yves Congar, True and False Reform in the Church (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press 2011), Translation and editing of Yves Congar, At the Heart of Christian Worship: Liturgical Essays of Yves Congar (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press 2010), The Priesthood of the Faithful: Key to a Living Church (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005), and Stewards of God's Mysteries: Priestly Spirituality in a Changing Church (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press 2004).


​​Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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