Fr. Joseph Van House O.Cist

Fr. Joseph Van House

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Theology

Phone: (972) 721-5237


Office: Braniff Graduate Building #240

B.A., University of Dallas
M.Th., University of Dallas
S.T.L.. Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
S.T.D., Catholic University of American, Washington, DC

John Henry Newman; Cistercian theology; theological ressourcement; fundamental Christology

THE 1310 Understanding the Bible
THE 4353 Medieval Spirituality
THE 6333 Christology/ Soteriology
THE 6336 Sacramental Theology I
THE 6337 Sacramental Theology II

A Reed after Trumpets: the Schools, the Cistercians, and Geoffrey of Auxerre’s Exposition of the Song of Songs (Forthcoming book)

“Seeking the Sources of a Theologian: In Memory of Fr. Roch Kereszty, O.Cist. (1933–2022).” Nova et Vetera 21, no. 3 (2023): 781—790.

“A Companion to the Song of Songs in the History of Spirituality edited by Timothy H. Robinson.” Speculum 98, no. 2 (2023): 641—642.

“The Lasting Value of the Declaration De Vita Cisterciensi Hodierna (1969, 2000) for Principled Cistercian Unity.” Cistercian Studies Quarterly 55, no. 4 (2020): 457—465.

“The Light of Christ’s Face: Redemption in Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians.” Dappled Things 2, no. 4 (2007): 94—101.

“Contemplation according to Geoffrey of Auxerre” (11 May 2023)
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University

“The Act and Virtue of Faith in the New Testament” (12 January 2023) Mater Dei Theology on Tap, Dallas, TX

“The Cistercian Movement and St. Bernard’s On the Steps of Humility and Pride” (24 June 2022) A one-day workshop for the Lumen Christi Institute’s 2022 “Monastic Wisdom Seminar”

“The Song of Songs in Monastic Interpretation” (27 June 2021)
Online lecture for the Lumen Christi Institute’s Monastic Wisdom Series

“John Henry Newman and Nancey Murphy on Theological Method” (27 July 2018) Newman Association of America Conference on “Newman and 20 th century thinkers”; Benedictine College