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The Glossary Project
edited by Carla Mae Streeter, OP


The idea for a primer of Lonergan terminology was given impetus by Frederick E. Crowe, SJ in the early 1980's. I suggested the need for such a wordbook, and in his own inimitable style, Fred said, ďGo and do it!Ē Approximately 300 terms were chosen and after a number were marked for priority with Fredís red pen, the project slowly began.

Scholars who had done doctoral work in Lonerganís thought were approached and invited to be collaborators in the effort. I have done the initial work and then sent various terms to a group of seven Critic Readers to read, check for references, and offer suggestions or modifications. An editing took place upon the return of their suggestions. The edited text was then sent to a group of Final Readers, who read over the work knowing that the references had been checked and an earlier editing done. They too offered suggestions and modifications, and another editing was done.

I regard this as a work in progress. Those working in Lonerganís thought are invited to send me comments, suggestions, and corrections as they use the Primer. Each of these communications will be gratefully received and the entries expanded and/or corrected if this seems feasible. It is understood that Lonerganís thought itself developed, and thus a term used in his early writings may have a fuller meaning in his later works. The limited scope of this project has not allowed this development to be taken into full account in the treatment of each term. In some cases an attempt has been made to show this development, in others this more complete treatment remains to be done.

I am most grateful to all of those listed below for staying with me as the work progressed. Hopefully in some small way we have answered Lonerganís call for a collaborative effort and will continue to do so as the terms continue to appear and terms already in the Primer are expanded or more clearly focused. I am indebted to these colleagues who have helped me make but a beginning.

December 12, 2001

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Primary Author

Carla Mae Streeter, OP: A member of Racine Dominicans, a Congregation of Catherine of Siena located in Racine, Wisconsin, Carla Mae completed her doctoral studies at Regis College of the Toronto School of Theology in 1986 with the thesis, Religious Love in Bernard Lonergan as Hermeneutical and Transcultural. She has taught at the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota and is currently teaching Systematic Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology, a School of Ministry in the Dominican Tradition, on the campus of St. Louis University in St. Louis.

Critic Readers for Select Terms

Cathleen Going, OP: Now Sister Mary of the Savior, member of the cloistered Dominicans of the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Cathleen received her doctorate from St. Maryís School of Theology, Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1956. She is known as the co-editor and co-interviewer for Caring about Meaning: Patterns in the Life of Bernard Lonergan, Lonerganís intellectual autobiography by interview, published by The Thomas More Institute, Montreal, in 1982. Prior to her entrance into the monastery, Cathleen also served for about fifteen years as an assessor for grants to be awarded by the Humanities Research Council of the Canadian Government.

Eileen De Neeve: Eileen is currently President of the Thomas More Institute, and on the board of the Research Institute in Adult Liberal Studies in Montreal. She completed her doctoral work in economics at McGill University in 1990, with a thesis entitled Bernard Lonerganís Circulation Analysis and Macrodynamics. Eileen continues to pursue her interest in broadening current research on Lonerganís economics, especially as Lonerganís thought might address institutional and ethical questions.

Nancy Ring: Nancy is presently Professor of Religious Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. She completed her doctoral work in 1980 at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the thesis, Doctrine Within the Dialectic of Subjectivity and Objectivity: A Critical Study of the Positions of Paul Tillich and Bernard Lonergan. Nancy has been teaching Christianity within a Lonergan context, and addressing womenís and feminist issues from a Lonergan perspective. In the future she hopes to focus on Lonerganís notion of desire as manifested in western Christian spirituality.

Mary Frohlich: Mary is currently Assistant Professor of Spirituality at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She completed her doctoral work in 1990 at the Catholic University of America with the thesis, Mystical Transformation, Intersubjectivity, and Foundations: A Study of Teresa of Avilaís Interior Castle. Mary immersed herself in Lonerganís thought to employ it as the major philosophical/theological framework for her dissertation research on mystical transformation. Well published, Mary has been pursuing the relationship between praxis and theory in the developing discipline of spirituality.

Cora Twohig-Moengangongo: Cora has recently taught theology as Visiting Professor in British Columbia. She has taught in the Northwest Territories and Tonga, and spent a year teaching seminarians in Nigeria at the Spiritan International school of Theology. Cora completed her doctoral work in 1992 at Regis College of the Toronto School of Theology with the thesis, Feminist Consciousness and Bernard Lonerganís Notion of Dialectic. Cora continues to pursue her particular interest in womenís self-appropriation as it is articulated in conversion terms, using the writings of Bernard Lonergan and Robert Doran.

Catherine Siejk: Catherine is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She completed her doctoral work in 1992 at Boston College in with the thesis, Toward a Religious Education Practice that Promotes Authentically Lived Christian Faith Within a Christian Faith Community: A Religious Education Interpretation of Bernard Lonerganís Understanding of Christian Authenticity. Catherine continues to pursue her interest in making Lonerganís thought accessible to Christian Religious Educators. She is also interested in the connection between Lonerganís thought and contemporary feminist theory.

Christine Partisano, CSJ: Christine is presently a consultant for church and education-related projects in Latham, New York. She completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1983 at The Catholic University of America with the thesis project, Development and Implementation of a Reflection Process for Ministerial Education/Formation Based on Lonerganís Method and Eriksonís Life Cycle. Christine finds that her work in spiritual direction, retreats, and process facilitation, especially with religious communities, parishes, and diocesan groups, continually calls forth the insights she gleaned from her research in Lonerganís thought.

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Final Readers

Tad Dunne:Tad currently assists Blue Cross/Blue Shield in its efforts to establish programs on quality and ethics by using Lonerganís structure of the human good and his analysis of historical process. Tad completed his doctoral work in 1975 at the University of St. Michaelís College at the University of Toronto with the thesis, Lonergan on Social Progress and Community: A Developmental Study. His interest has been to establish further explanatory conjugates useful for analyzing the spiritual development of individuals and of communities. He has written and taught to educate people in pastoral ministry on the importance of a theology of history. His works include Lonergan and Spirituality in 1985, Spiritual Mentoring in 1991, Desire in the New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality in 1993, Enneatypes: Method and Spirit in 1999, and We Love You, Matty: Meeting Death with Faith in 2000. The latter work is a reflection on finding God in death. It is to Tad that we owe thanks for the Lonergan sketch which introduces the Primer.

Daniel A. Helminiak:Daniel is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton. He completed a theological doctorate in Systematic Theology in 1979 at Boston College Andover Newton Theological School with the thesis, One in Christ: An Exercise in Systematic Theology. Daniel completed a second doctorate in Educational Psychology in 1994 at the University of Texas in Austin. His thesis for this discipline was Men and Women in Mid-life Transition. Danielís publications include The Same Jesus: A Contemporary Christology in 1986, Spiritual Development: In Interdisciplinary Study in 1987, What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality in 1994, Religion and the Human Sciences: An Approach via Spirituality in 1998, and numerous articles. Danielís interest has been applying Lonerganís thought to define and clarify spirituality. This interest has been recently focused in a concern to address issues of normative meaning and value in secular society as a way of meeting religious concerns apart from the language of organized religion.

Mary E Hunt, PhD: Mary is Co-founder and Co-director of The Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland. She completed her doctoral work in 1980 at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley with the thesis, Feminist Liberation Theology: The Development of Method in Construction. Mary published Fierce Tenderness: A Feminist Theology of Friendship in 1991, and contributed to Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection, edited by James B. Nelson and Sandra P. Longfellow, with the essay "Lovingly Lesbian: Toward a Feminist Theology of Friendship." in 1994.

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Several terms in the Primer were published previously in Communication and Lonergan: Common Ground for Forging the New Age, a volume in the Communication, Culture & Theology Series published by Sheed and Ward, Kansas City, in 1993. The editors of the volume were Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup; the forward was by Robert M. Doran. Jeremy W. Langford, Editor-in-Chief of Sheed and Ward, has graciously granted permission for the wider use of those terms. Sheed and Ward can be contacted at 7373 S. Lovers Lane Road, Franklin, WI 53132, or by calling 1-800-266-5564. Our gratitude to Jeremy for his assistance in making the Primer available to internet users.

The research provided on these terms is free to be used by scholars in any location. Reference to the source of the terms is assumed as part of the scholarly integrity expected among colleagues worldwide. Comments and suggestions on the Primer itself and its content can be sent to the author at the contacts given below under Key.

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Future Entries

Lonergan scholars working on specific topics may want to research a term particular to their area of interest. I invite and encourage any additional entries. Please send them, complete with in-text references, to Carla Mae Streeter, OP, at the address below. All entries will be juried by at least one person other than the editor before being included in the Primer online.

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The following key indicates works by Bernard Lonergan. The reader is encouraged to refer to these works for a fuller understanding of Lonergan's thought in the context of his own writings. The key used here is similar to that used in the Combined Lonergan Indices compiled by Timothy P. Fallon, S.J. and Dennis Rosselli at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. I acknowledge gratefully the assistance of the Indices in the creation of this glossary.

Insight references refer to the 1992 Collected Works edition with the 1957, 1958 edition included in parentheses. The same applies to Collection and Understanding and Being: The Collected Works edition is given, with a former edition included in parentheses. References in process of being published in the Collected Works edition at the time of this publication are listed with single page reference to their original publication. (Updatings of the Primer will make reference only to to theCollected Works editions.)

Suggestions regarding the references are welcome and contact can be made with me at Aquinas Institute of Theology, 3642 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108-3396, or at or (314)-977-3887.

Unpublished resources listed here can be obtained from the Lonergan Research Institute, 10 St. Mary Street, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario M4Y IP9, Canada, (416) 922-8374.

Reference Key

1C Collection 4

2C A Second Collection 1974
3C Third Collection 1985
DCC De Constitutione Christi 1984
DDT De Deo Trino 1984
DP Doctrinal Pluralism 1971
DVI De Dei Verbo Incarnato 1984
GF Grace and Freedom 1
I Insight: A Study of Human Understanding 3
M Method in Theology 1971
MD Macroeconomic Dynamics 15
PE For a New Political Economy 21
PGT Philosophy of God and Theology 1973
PTP Philosophical and Theological Papers 6
TE Topics in Education 10
UB Understanding and Being 5
V Verbum 2
WN The Way to Nicea 1976

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Dedicated to Frederick E. Crowe, who one day said, "Go and do it!"