William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies

Through a generous gift from the Chester and Dorris Carlson Charitable Trust, the William H. Shannon Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies was established at Nazareth College to assist in keeping alive and visible the Catholic intellectual tradition belonging to the Roman Catholic heritage upon which the College was founded.

The Chair in Catholic Studies honors William H. Shannon, former professor of religious studies at Nazareth College. As beloved teacher, distinguished colleague, renowned scholar, prolific author, and respected religious leader, Fr. Shannon advanced the educational mission of Nazareth College and contributed significantly to Catholic intellectual life, both nationally and internationally.

Past holders of the William H. Shannon Chair include Patrick F. O'Connell, associate professor of English and theology at Gannon University; Clarke Cochran, professor of political science at Texas Tech University; and Maureen Tilley, associate professor of religious studies, University of Dayton; and Christine M. Bochen, Nazareth professor of religious studies. 

The Chair is currently held by Susan E. Nowak, Nazareth professor of religious studies.

The Shannon Chair Lecture Series gratefully celebrates Father Shannon's legacy of wisdom and witness to faith, justice, and peace.

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