Associate Professor of Theology
Father Issing has taught theology and ethics at King's College since 2007. He is a popular teacher in the Core Curriculum, was selected by students for the “All-Faculty Award” in 2009, and was honored by the College in 2015 with “The Donald J. Grimes Award for Service-Learning-Teaching Excellence” for successful use of service-learning in theology. Fr. Issing has been actively engaged in both Student Government and Faculty Governance at King’s, having served in faculty leadership in 2014-2016. In the fall of 2016, Fr. Issing is on sabbatical at the University of Notre Dame to pursue academic interests.
Fr. Issing holds a doctorate in theological ethics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and a licentiate in sacred theology, focused on Catholic social teaching, from the Jesuit School of Theology. His current academic interest is the role of compassion in human society as well as ethics in Catholic higher education.
Outside of two years of parish ministry, Fr. Issing has participated in the Holy Cross ministry of higher education. This began in January of 1992 when he was assigned to Stonehill College. He went on to serve as the Director of Campus Ministry later that year until January of 2000. In addition to directing an expansive campus ministry program, Fr. Issing also taught courses in Catholic morality and served on multiple committees as representative of the College’s Catholic mission and identity. He helped to found “Into the Streets” and pioneered programs such as the Orientation service day designed to involve 500 new students in the local community as well as “HOPE,” which began international service trips at the College. Under Fr. Issing’s leadership, Stonehill’s Campus Ministry was honored by the Templeton Foundation for its character-building programming.
Fr. Issing was honored in 1999 by the College during its 50th anniversary with the Moreau Medal as one of the most impactful persons of Stonehill’s first fifty years.