Jack and Mary Jane Breen

The Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology was inaugurated in 2011 through a generous endowment gift from Jack and Mary Jane Breen, alumni of John Carroll University. The chair will enhance John Carroll’s Jesuit and Catholic tradition through the teaching of Catholic systematic theology, an academic discipline that seeks to develop an orderly, rational, and intelligible account of the Catholic faith. A distinguished academic will teach undergraduate and graduate students, participate in the dissemination of scholarly research, and interact with both the John Carroll University community and the world beyond.  The current holder of the chair is Dr. Edward P. Hahnenberg.


“The establishment of the Breen Chair offers an incredible opportunity to explore how the Catholic theological tradition can more fully contribute to the mission of John Carroll University. The more we encourage our students to engage the world around them, the more important becomes our commitment to the integration of faith and reason, justice and compassion, service and scholarship.”

Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D.