Dr. Deborah Savage

Dr. Deborah Savage

Professor of Theology

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Dr. Deborah Savage joined the Theology faculty during 2021-22 academic year, having taught both philosophy and theology at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota for the previous thirteen years. She received her doctorate in Religious Studies from Marquette University in 2005; her degree is in both theology and philosophy. Dr. Savage is the co-founder and acting director of the Siena Symposium for Women, Family, and Culture, an interdisciplinary think tank, organized to respond to John Paul II’s call for a new and explicitly Christian feminism.

Dr. Savage is a student of St. Thomas Aquinas with a particular interest in investigating his thought in light of contemporary questions. Her primary academic areas are philosophical and theological anthropology; her recent research has been focused on the development of a robust theology of the nature of man and woman, both their identities and their complementarity. A second research area is the meaning of human action, the significance of human work and of vocation, and the metaphysics of creation as a foundation for both stewardship and economics. She has a particular interest in Catholic Social Thought and the fundamental theological categories that serve as its substructure. She is a scholar of the work of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II and has written and presented or published several papers on how his philosophical anthropology informs his body of work as Pope.

Before pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Savage worked for over twenty-five years in the business sector, holding a variety of positions primarily in manufacturing organizations. This experience and the questions that arose as a result led her to investigate the theological meaning of work as a locus of personal conversion and sanctification.

Her writing has appeared in several publications, Nova et Vertera, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, First Things, The Humanum Review, Catholic World Report, and Public Discourse. Some recent publications include “Redeeming Woman: A Catholic Response to the Second Sex Issue,” published in the journal Religions and “The Therapeutic and Pastoral Implications of Pope St. John Paul II’s Account of the Person,” published in The Journal of Christian Bioethics. The most recent iteration of her theory of Man and Woman is a chapter in a volume entitled The Complementarity of Men and Women, edited by Dr. Paul Vitz and published by CUA Press (May 2021). She is currently at work on a book entitled “Woman and Man” for formal consideration by Catholic University of America Press.

Dr. Savage is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology and the American Catholic Philosophical Association. She served for several years as a member of the Board of Trustees at Franciscan University, resigning in 2021. She moved to Steubenville along with her husband of 32 years, Andrew Percic, and their daughter, Madeline.

  • Doctor of Religious Studies, Theology, and Society (Ph.D.)- Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (December 2005)
  • Master of Theology (Th.M.) – University of St. Thomas, St. Paul School of Divinity (St. Paul, Minnesota) (May 1997)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Business Administration – San Jose State University (San Jose, California) (June 1978)

Experience

  • Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, Ohio)
  • Visiting Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, Ohio)
  • Director, Masters in Religious Education, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity (St. Paul Minnesota)
  • Director, Masters in Pastoral Ministry, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • Clinical Professor, Philosophy and Theology, Pre-Theology, Masters of Divinity and Lay Master’s Programs, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • Co-founder and Director, The Siena Symposium for Women, Family, and Culture, an interdisciplinary working group at the University of St. Thomas

Memberships

  • Co-founder and Director, The Siena Symposium for Women, Family, and Culture, an interdisciplinary working group at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Board member, Curatio (since 1999)

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Finalist: 2008, 2009 Novak Award, given by the Acton Institute for research into the relationship between religion and economics.
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