Dr. Oscar Cole-ArnalWaterloo Lutheran Seminary
...Dr. Oscar Cole-Arnal has taught at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary since the Fall of 1975 in the field of Church History. Born and raised in a small steel town in Western Pennsylvania, he attended Thiel College (Greenville, Pennsylvania), where he earned a Bachelor's degree in the field of history.His
Bachelor of Divinity degree was attained at the Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary
.While serving in two pastorates in his natal state (1966- 1972), he went to graduate school where he earned three degrees, a Masters in New Testament (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) and a Masters and Doctorate in Modern European History (University of Pittsburgh).
During that time he
won a Ford Foundation grant and a Mellon fellowship which enabled him to do research on his
dissertation in Paris, France.
Since coming to Waterloo Lutheran Seminary he
has received four internal grants and two major Humanities and Social Science Research Council of Canada grants which sent him to France and Quebec for further research in his
field of French Catholic studies.Since 1985 Oz (as he
is called) has published five books, two on French Catholicism, one on the history of our seminary, one on the history of Kitchener's St. Peter's congregation (in collaboration with other church members) and his
most recent To Set the Captives Free: Liberation Theology in Canada.His
earlier Priests in Working Class Blue: The History of the Worker-Priests has been translated into French.
is writing a text about women in Christian history.Most recently he
was invited to present two papers in Brussels, Belgium (1998 and 2000) on a French Catholic grass-roots worker movement called the Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne, and in the summer of 2001 he
, Tim Hegedus and Oz' stepdaughter Sarah Lamble were part of a team of researchers at the Holocaust Memorial Museum
in Washington, D.C., where they worked on French Christians who rescued Jews during World War II.
Oz and his
wife Bonnie, a United Church of Canada
minister, worship at Christ Lutheran Church
, Waterloo where they are both active.Dr. Cole-Arnal
has two grown-up sons, William and Bradley and three adult stepdaughters, Elizabeth, Barbara and Sarah.