Edward V. Vacek, S.J.

Stephen J. Duffy Chair in Catholic Theology, Department of Religious Studies

Ed Vacek, S.J.
Office Location
401 Bobet Hall
Mailing Address
Loyola University New Orleans
Department of Religious Studies
Campus Box 81
6363 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118-6195
Direct Phone
(504) 865-3942
E-mail Address


Ph.L., St. Louis University; ST.L., Loyola University/ Chicago; Ph.D., Philosophy, Northwestern University; M.A., Philosophy and Letters, St. Louis University; M.Div., Weston School of Theology

Short Bio

Edward Vacek, SJ, comes to Loyola New Orleans after teaching thirty years in the Pontifical Faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology and Boston College.  There he was privileged to help educate future priests and ministers.  He now teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Loyola, where he holds the Stephen J. Duffy Chair in Catholic Theology.  He is enthusiastic about the opportunity to explore and promote a Christian and Catholic understanding of contemporary life.  His primary areas of teaching are in fundamental moral questions, as well as more specialized work in medical, business, sexual, and professional ethics.

Currently, he is writing in the area of the emotional foundation of Christian life.  This dimension of human life, so often neglected, underlies Christian discernment, ethical living, richer devotion, and theology itself.  He enjoys priestly ministry, including preaching and counseling, as well as being a supportive presence to the many fine activities occurring on campus.

Ed grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and entered the Society of Jesus after high school.  He studied in St. Louis, Boston, and Chicago where he earned his degree in Philosophy.  Due a need in the Church for moral theologians, he then became a “convert” to theology.  He has enjoyed this conflicted and contentious discipline ever since.