Johann Vento, Ph.D.

Phone: 732-987-2381
Fax: 732-987-2010
Office Location:
A&S 223
Office Hours:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9-11 am and by appointment
Religious Studies/Theology Department

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. in Theology, Fordham University, Bronx, New York
  • M.A. in Theology,Washington Theological Union, Washington, District of Columbia
  • B.A. in English and German, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland


  • “Feminism and Inter-religious dialogue in the New Political Theology,” Horizons, 34 (Fall 2007).
  • “Not in Vain:  Metz’s Memory of Suffering and the Problem of Violence Against Women,”  In Missing God:  Cultural Amnesia and Political Theology, ed. John K. Downey, Jürgen Manemann, and Steven Ostovich, Lit Verlag, 2006.
  • “Forgiveness and Violence Against Women,” Jnanadeepa:  Pune Journal of Religious Studies 6:1 (January 2003).
  • “Violence, Trauma, and Resistance:  A Feminist Appraisal of Metz’s Mysticism of Suffering unto God,” Horizons 29 (Spring 2002).
  • “The Challenge of Feminism,” in Sacred Adventure: Beginning Theological Study, ed. William C. Graham, Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1999.
  • Invincible Spirits: A Thousand Years of Women’s Spiritual Writings, by Felicity Leng , Catholic Books Review.  Available at
  • Christine de Pizan and Biblical Wisdom: A Feminist-Theological Point of View by Bonnie A. Birk.  Catholic Books Review.  Available at
  • Forgiveness and Abuse: Jewish and Christian Reflections, by Marie M. Fortune and Joretta L. Marshall, Editors.  Catholic Books Review.  Available at
  • Limits of Liberation: Feminist Theology and the Ethics of Poverty and Reproduction, by Elina Vuola .  Catholic Books Review.  Available at
  • Out of the Depths. Women's Experience of Evil and Salvation, by Ivone Gebara.  Catholic Books Review.  Available at
  • Jesus in Solidarity with his People:  A Theologian Looks at Mark, by William Reiser.  Cistercian Studies Quarterly 37.2 (2002): 214-215.

Courses Taught:

  • Christian Tradition
  • Women and Religion
  • Shaping Lives: Women and Gender
  • Religion in America
  • Research and methodology in Theology
  • Chrisitian Community
  • Theology of Women
  • Christian Formation
  • Pastoral responses to Family Violence

Research Area:

  • Theologies of suffering as they relate to theological anthropology
  • Theologies of the body
  • Mysticism and advocacy theologies

Service to the University

  • Department Chair and Directory of Graduate Program in Theology
  • Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee
  • Mercy Institute Planning Committee

Past Committee Work:

  • Mission Integration Advisory Board
  • Mission Integration Board Committee
  • Service Learning Task Force
  • Curriculum Committee
  • New Student Orientation
  • Faculty Concerns, Secretary
  • President’s Resource and Allocation Advisory Board
  • Faculty Development Task Force
  • Mercy Core Values Task Force

Other Service:

  • Chair, Middle States Self Study Working
  • Faculty Advisor, Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Ambassador Program
  • Faculty Advisor, Play of the Mind

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