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Faculty Focus: Douglas Bushman

Faculty Focus: Douglas Bushman

Meet Douglas Bushman

Prof. Bushman started out as a philosophy major, where he was drawn to the vocation of the intellectual life. After finishing his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) degree at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Bushman worked at a parish for four years, where he lived with three holy priests and got to know the Church at the “retail level,” and acquainted him with the daily pastoral issues of the Church. Then, after six years of working as the Director of Education for the Diocese of Duluth, MN, Bushman became the director for the Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies master’s program at the University of Dallas.

Bushman has been talking about the New Evangelization under the heading of “Pastoral Theology” for the past 20 years, following the lead of Blessed Pope John Paul II and the second Vatican Council. “That’s why I’m so at home here at the Augustine Institute,” he said. Being a Thomist, he loves being able to find the roots of pastoral theology in Thomas Aquinas’ works, Bushman added.

When Bushman was the director of the Institute for Pastoral Theology at Ave Maria University, he first heard about the Augustine Institute when it was still only an idea. Watching with great interest, he admired the innovative use of technology and absorbed the positive reports of the program and its graduates.

Bushman was given the title of the Blessed Pope John Paul II Chair for the New Evangelization as a recognition of his service to the Church and to convey the mission he has been entrusted with: to compile, finish and publish the fruit of years of labor in the New Evangelization. In addition to writing his own works, Bushman also contributed to “Man Up: Become the New Catholic Renaissance Man” by Jared Zimmerer.

What would it be like to sit in on one of Professor Bushman's classes? Here is a sneak peak!



Bushman’s writings and articles can be found in print in Magnificat and The Catholic Servant, and online at Ignatius Insight, Catholic Answers, the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary blog, and the Augustine Institute’s Tolle Lege blog.

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Bushman Quotes:

  • “Occasionally I think in French.”
  • “We love to be around saints. They make us feel comfortable because they are so comfortable in God’s love and make us want to be in that position of God’s love.”
  • “God does not subscribe to the axiom 'if you want to do things well, do it yourself.' He sends bunglers out there to tell His story.”
  • “All the saints are comfortable with themselves because they so deeply experience God’s love for them.”
  • “If you love the truth more than you love yourself, you like having friends who are smarter than you.”