Associate Professor of Theology
Father Issing teaches theology and ethics at King's College, where he is now beginning his eighth year. Holding a doctorate in theological ethics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, his academic study is focused on Catholic social teaching and public dialogue about the common good. One of his chief interests is Catholic higher education as an institution defined by public theology.
Fr. Issing received his artium baccalaureatus (A.B.) in theology from Georgetown University in 1984. Upon graduation, he entered the Congregation of Holy Cross and began graduate studies in theology at the University of Notre Dame. He was awarded his master’s degree in divinity (M.Div.) in 1989 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1990.
Following two years of service as a parochial vicar at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Saco, Maine, Fr. Issing was appointed campus minister at Stonehill College in 1992. He became the director of Campus Ministry at the College later that year. During his tenure at Stonehill, Fr. Issing was also an assistant professor in Interdepartmental Studies as well as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and the College Council. In addition to those responsibilities, he also served on the College’s Commission on Campus Culture, the Orientation Committee, the Athletic Task Force and the Intercultural Affairs Committee.
Under Fr. Issing’s leadership, Stonehill’s Campus Ministry program was honored by the Templeton Foundation in 1999 for its character-building programming. The annual “Into the Streets” program, pioneered by Fr. Issing, designed to involve 500 new students in a day of service in Brockton, Massachusetts and the international service trips to Chacraseca, Nicaragua and Canto Grande, Peru, also founded by Fr. Issing, are two examples of that excellence.