Leonardo da Vinci. Head of a man showing how rays of light fall upon the face from an adjacent source, c.1488

Scala / Art Resource, NY

Gerald O’Collins, a prolific author widely respected for his work in Christology, is presently research professor at St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham. For more than three decades, he was professor of systematic and fundamental theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome). Born in Australia, he studied at the University of Melbourne, where he took both a first-class honors B.A. and M.A. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1963 and went on to earn a licentiate in sacred theology at Heythrop College, London, in 1967. The next year he received a Ph.D. in theology from Cambridge University, where he held a research fellowship at Pembroke College. He taught at the Weston School of Theology (Boston Theological Institute) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Jesuit Theological College in Melbourne for five years before accepting a professorship at the Gregorian in 1973. He served as dean of the theological faculty for six years. Dr. O’Collins has initiated and co-chaired international, ecumenical symposia on the resurrection (1996), the Trinity (1998), the incarnation (2000), the redemption (2003), and the legacy of Pope John Paul II (2008), and co-edited their proceedings. He has been an honorary visitor and a visiting scholar at Pembroke College, and he currently serves as an honorary adjunct professor at the Australian Catholic University. He has delivered the Fisher Lecture and the Margaret Beaufort Lecture at Cambridge and the Cardinal Hume Lectures at Heythrop College. Amongst other honors, he is the recipient of the Malipiero Prize, the Stefano Borgia European Prize, and the Johannes Quaster Medal given by Catholic University of America. In 2006, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. Dr. O’Collins has been awarded honorary degrees by the University of San Francisco, the University of Surrey, Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, Conneticut, John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and Melbourne College of Divinity. In addition to hundreds of papers published in academic journals, he is the author or editor of fifty-two books. The theology of the resurrection and the incarnation are threaded throughout all his work. His Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus Christ (1995) was acclaimed for its interpretations of contemporary and controversial issues; his Following the Way (2000), the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book, was among the first of that series to have been written by a non-Anglican. Dr. O’Collins’s most recent publications include: Living Vatican II: The 21st Council for the 21st Century (2006), named best theology book of the year by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada; The Lord’s Prayer (2006); Christ Our Redeemer: A Christian Approach to Salvation (2007); and two volumes published in 2008, Jesus: A Portrait (Darton, Longman & Todd) and Salvation for All: God’s Other Peoples (Oxford University Press).