Maureen Day

Maureen Day, PhD

Associate Professor of Religion and Society


  • PhD Graduate Theological Union
  • MA Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley/GTU
  • BA California State University, Chico

“Pope Francis, in integrating the Ignatian and Franciscan traditions, serves as an inspiration to me as I strive to do the same. Saints Francis and Ignatius both cultivated spiritualties that brought intellectual, affective, and lived reality together. I teach my classes in a way that will not only hone this in yourself but also help you bring this holistic outlook to the people in your ministerial vocation.”


Maureen Day is the Associate Professor of Religion and Society and also a Research Fellow at the Center for Church Management at Villanova University. Especially drawn to young adult ministry, she is a member of the Alliance for Campus Ministry, an advisory group to the USCCB’s Secretariat on Catholic Education. With training in both theology and the social sciences, her teaching and research areas include Catholicism, family, young adults, social ethics, and religion in American civic life. Her writings on American Catholic life appear in both Catholic and academic publications, including her edited collection on vocational discernment among young adult Catholics (Paulist Press) as well as a forthcoming book on American Catholic civic engagement (NYU Press). Some of her recent projects include an exploration of Catholic marriage preparation programs, two national studies (survey followed by in-depth interviews) of Catholic campus ministers, and a study of Latino Catholic stewardship.


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