A Pittsburgh native, Dr. Lucas Briola graduated from Saint Vincent College, double majoring in theology and history. He earned an M.T.S. from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. His two books are entitled The Eucharistic Vision of Laudato Si’: Praise, Conversion, and Integral Ecology (The Catholic University of America Press) and, co-edited with Joseph Ogbonnaya, Everything Is Interconnected: Towards a Globalization with a Human Face and an Integral Ecology (Marquette University Press). His essay, “Praise Rather Than Solving Problems: Understanding the Doxological Turn of Laudato Si’ Through Lonergan” (Theological Studies) won the 2021 Award for Best Article of the Year from the College Theology Society. His essays have also appeared in New Blackfriars, The Lonergan Review, the Journal of Moral Theology, and the Downside Review. Prior to teaching, he performed parish work in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Briola facilitates theology student internships at Saint Vincent; sites have included Holy Family Parish (Latrobe, PA), Saint Vincent Basilica Parish (Latrobe, PA), and St. Barbara Parish (Harrison City, PA). In 2020, he helped launch the Rev. Nathan Munsch, OSB, Scholarship Fund for junior and senior theology majors at Saint Vincent College. Theology Fellow for the Saint Vincent Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, he has organized several faculty and student reading groups as well as serves as the managing editor of Conversatio, a Saint Vincent in-house academic journal. A cross-country runner on the first PAC Championship team in Saint Vincent history (and captain on another PAC Championship team), Dr. Briola has run four marathons (including the Boston Marathon) and three ultra-marathons. His wife, Catherine, also teaches theology at Saint Vincent; they have one son.CV
The Eucharistic Vision of Laudato Si': Praise, Conversion, and Integral Ecology. The Catholic University of America Press, forthcoming. (Book)
Everything Is Interconnected: Towards a Globalization with a Human Face and an Integral Ecology. Co-edited with Joseph Ogbonnaya. Marquette University Press, 2019. (Book)
“Dramatic Artistry in Our Common Home: Robert Doran and the Doxological Anthropology of Laudato Si’.” In Intellect, Affect, and God: The Trinity, History, and the Life of Grace. Marquette University Press, 2021.
“Praise Rather Than Solving Problems: Understanding the Doxological Turn of Laudato Si’ Through Lonergan.” Theological Studies 81, no. 3 (September 2020): 693-716.
“The Integral Ecology of Laudato Si’ and a Seamless Garment: The Sartorial Usefulness of Lonergan and Doran’s Turn to Culture.” The Lonergan Review 9 (2018): 31-48.
“Sustainable Communities and Eucharistic Communities: Laudato si’, Northern Appalachia, and Redemptive Recovery.” Journal of Moral Theology 6, Special Issue 1 (March 2017): 22-33.
“What Does it Mean to Call Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae a ‘Spiritual Exercise’?” Downside Review 133, no. 469 (July 2015): 252-272.