William Dohar

William J. Dohar

Adjunct Associate Professor at Santa Clara University

500 EL CAMINO REAL, Santa Clara, California, United States
HQ Phone:
(408) 554-4000

General Information


Ph.D.  - 


Adjunct Staff Member  - Mercy Center

Adjunct Staff Member  - Spiritual Directors' Institute at Mercy Center

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William Dohar, Ph.D.
Bill Dohar has been involved in pastoral ministry for over 20 years. He has taught at the Universities of Notre Dame and San Francisco, where he directed USF's Campus Ministry retreats. He currently works as a spiritual director in the Bay Area and teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara University and at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Adjunct Staff include: Mary Jo Alderson, David Anderson, Ann Anderson, Bill Dohar, Ph.D., Janice Farrell, Carol Fowler, Marilyn Granucci, Gerry Granucci, Olga Louchakova, Ph.D., Marietta McGannon, RSM, Jim Neafsey, D.Mn., Katie O'Hanlon, RSM, Patricia Ryan, RSM, Catherine Wilkinson.

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William Dohar
The program is launching with a course titled "Spirituality and Ministry," taught by William Dohar, director of the graduate program in Theology and Ministry at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Last spring, USF announced it was discontinuing its master's degree program in theology to concentrate its resources on undergraduate theology and religious studies. At the time, there was demand for only three courses, each with an average of six students. The Jesuit-run university pledged to work with the Jesuits' Santa Clara University and the Jesuit School of Theology, as well as the Archdiocese of San Francisco, to keep the program alive - and find a venue within San Francisco. The course will be taught at St Agnes Church, 1025 Masonic Ave. "Spirituality and Ministry" will be offered Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. "It's one Jesuit institution handing the baton to another," Dohar said. Specific course offerings for summer and fall are still being discussed, said Dohar, but it is expected they will include an introduction to theology, a history of Catholicism, fundamentals in moral theology and the Psalms. The degree the students work to earn is the Master of Theological Studies, which, Dohar said, combines a broad understanding of the Catholic theological vision with liturgy, history, spirituality and ethics. He added that while he is offering the first course in the San Francisco program, several Jesuit scholars and lay faculty at Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley campus as well as the Santa Clara University main campus are interested in the "Theology After Hours" option in San Francisco. Dohar said the master's course "is an ideal program for persons engaged in ministry or seeking theological enrichment and a rewarding exploration of their faith.

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