Rev. Dennis McManus

Rev. Dennis McManus
Visiting Associate Professor
 

Visiting Associate Professor 


Rev. Dennis McManus has taught at Georgetown University since 1997. He holds a master’s degree in historical ethics from Georgetown University and a doctorate from Drew University in historical theology. At present, he is on the faculty of the Program for Jewish Civilization in the School of Foreign Service, where he offers courses in the history of Christian-Jewish conflict, autobiography in the Holocaust, and the theory and practice of interreligious dialogue.

Father McManus has served for the last four years as Consultant for Jewish Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), where he staffs the two official dialogues between the Jewish community and the Catholic Church in the United States. He also belongs to the Church Relations Committee of the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum and from 1999-2008 was a member of the editorial board of The Stimulus Foundation of New York that publishes works devoted to Catholic-Jewish history and relations. From 2009- 2011, he was the personal delegate of the Archbishop of New York to the Jewish community of New York City. Since 1997, Fr. McManus has membered on the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League/USCCB joint program in Holocaust education known as Bearing Witness, offered nationally in Catholic dioceses. He is also director of the newly founded Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Georgetown University, which sponsors a week-long, intensive program in Holocaust education for high school teachers from across the U.S. Additionally, he teaches annually in the Holocaust Education workshop at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

Fr. McManus’ research interests lie in two fields: first, the relationship of Jews with early Christians and second, the meaning of Judaism in Roman Catholic liturgy. As general editor of The Ancient Christian Writers Series (Paulist Press, New York) from 1993-2007, and Drew University’s translation editor from 1995-1997 for its new series, Ancient Christian Commentary (IVPress, Downers Grove), he helped to highlight the interaction of Christianity and Judaism in early Church writing. Fr. McManus has written numerous articles on this and other historical topics in The Word Set Free (ADL, 2000); The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian-Jewish Relations (2002) and “The Jewish Background of the Celibacy of Jesus” in The Celibacy of Jesus (Ignatius Press, 2012). A forthcoming work, “Benedict XVI, the Jews and the Liturgy,” will be published in the spring of 2013.


  • Drew University, D. Litt (Theo), 2003
  • Georgetown University, M.A., 1992
  • Saint Mary’s College, A.B., 1975 

Publications

Articles in Journals

Dennis McManus. "Overview of the Revised Rite of Exorcism." Vicars for Clergy Newsletter 22 (2008).

Dennis McManus. "Political Theology." The Catholic World (1994).

Dennis McManus. "The Sudden Interest in Angels." The Catholic World (1994).

Dennis McManus. "Angels: Their Meaning in Our Lives." The Catholic World (1994).

Dennis McManus. "Translation Issues in Comme Le Prevolt." Bishops Committee on The Liturgy Newsletter 16.2 (1994).

Dennis McManus. "An Interview with Michael Novak." The Catholic World (1993).

Articles in Books

Dennis McManus. "The Celibacy of Jesus in its Jewish Context." The Celibacy of Jesus. Ed. Arthur L. Kennedy. Boston: St. Botolph Press, 2013.

Dennis McManus. "Translation Theory in Liturgiam authenticam." Benedict XVI and the Sacred Liturgy. Ed. Neil J. Roy and janet E. Rutherford. : Four Courts Press, 2010.

Dennis McManus. "Notes and Commentary on the Gospel of John." The Gospel of John Set Free. Ed. George Smiga. New York: Paulist Press, 2008.

Dennis McManus. "Rabbinic Commentary and Notes." The World Set Free: Volume 2: The Gospel of John. Ed. George Smiga. New York: Paulist Press, 2008.

Dennis McManus. "A Note on the Significance of the Graham Archives." Examining the Papacy of Pius XII. Ed. Gary L. Krupp. New York: Pave the Way Foundation, 2008.

Dennis McManus. "Origen." A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Dennis McManus. "Holy Week." A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Dennis McManus. "Augustine." A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Dennis McManus. "Repentance." A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Dennis McManus. "Lectionary." A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Dennis McManus. "Paschal Lamb." A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Dennis McManus. "Judaism in the Roman Rite." A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Dennis McManus. "Anti-Judaism in the Medieval Liturgy." A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Dennis McManus. "Parousia." A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Dennis McManus. "Augustine and the Jews." A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Dennis McManus. "The Anti-Judaeos Tradition in the Fathers." A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Dennis McManus. "Summary Synthesis and Divergence." The Voice of the Church: A Forum On Liturgical Translation. Ed. Gilbert Ostdiek. Washington, DC: NCCB, 2001.

Edited Books

Harley E. Flack, Edmund D. Pellegrino, Dennis McManus, ed. African-American Perspective on Biomedical Ethics. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 1992.

Other

Dennis McManus. “Seven Popes and the Jews.” Lecture. The Kenrick Lecture, Kenrick Seminary. St. Louis, MO. October 6, 2013.

Dennis McManus. "The Christian Concept of Friendship as the Basis of Political Theology." Lecture. PRIO Dialogue. Zurich. August 17, 2013.

Dennis McManus. "Jewish-Catholic Conflict through the Modern Period." Lecture. Museum of Jewish Heritage. New York, NY. August 12-14, 2013.

Dennis McManus. "The Conversations of Jesus with Demons." Lecture. New Testament Studies. Mundelein Seminary. Chicago, IL. August 7-9, 2013.

Dennis McManus. "The Conversations of Jesus with Women." Lecture. New Testament Studies. Benedictine College. Diocese of Kansas City. Atchison, KS. June 3-7, 2013.

Dennis McManus. “Four Popes and Catholic-Jewish Relations.” Lecture. ADL Board of Directors: Philadelphia Region. Philadelphia, PA. February 25, 2013.

Dennis McManus. "Augustine and His Legacy." Lecture. The Theological Institute for the New Evangelization. Archdioceses of Boston. Boston College. Boston, MA. January 15, 2013.

Dennis McManus. "Bearing Witness Program." Lecture. Catholic School Teachers Diocese of San Diego, Office of Catholic-Jewish Relations. June 18-21, 2013.

Dennis McManus. "The Conversations of Jesus with Peter (New Testament Studies)." Lecture. Abbey of St. Michael. Orange, California. June 24-28, 2013.

Dennis McManus. The Karski Institute on Holocaust Studies. Program Director and Presenter, Georgetown University. Washington, D.C. July 15-21, 2013.

Dennis McManus. "Present Issues in Catholic-Jewish Relations." Lecture. The Judaism of Jesus and Present Issues in Catholic-Jewish Relations. May 3-4, 2013.

Dennis McManus. "Pope Francis and the Future of the Catholic-Jewish Relations." Bearing Witness Program. Washington DC: ADL Alumni, 2013.

Dennis McManus. Lecture. Kenrick Lecture at St. Louis Seminary (St. Louis). From Pius IX to Francis: Catholic-Jewish Relations Under Seven Popes (October 3, 2013).

Dennis McManus. Lecture. Kulp Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Beth Judah (Ventnor, New Jersey). Current Issues in Catholic-Jewish Relations in the United States (May 3, 2013). .

McManus, Dennis. The Vocabulary of Light in the Prayers of the Roman Missal for the Advent and Christmas Seasons. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2011.

McManus, Dennis. Word Studies: Hostia. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2010.

McManus, Dennis. Word Studies: Munus. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2010.

McManus, Dennis. Word Studies: Pietas. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2010.

McManus, Dennis. Word Studies: Refecti. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2010.

McManus, Dennis. Word Studies: Tribue, Da, Dona, Adorna, Concede. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2010.

McManus, Dennis. Word Studies: Vetustas and Novitas. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2010.

McManus, Dennis. Word Studies: Transire. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2010.

McManus, Dennis. The Translation of the Relative Pronoun "Qui" Linking the Protocol with the Preface Embolism. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2009.

McManus, Dennis. Notes on the Ordo Missae Translation. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2009.

McManus, Dennis. Translation "In Context": An Examination of the Elements of the Collect for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2009.

McManus, Dennis. Deprecatory Language in the “Missale Romanum” 2008. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2008.

McManus, Dennis. Report on Draft of Presidential Prayers for Advent, Christmas and Ordinary Time. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2007.

McManus, Dennis. Notes on Votive Mass Texts. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2007.

McManus, Dennis. Report on Masses for the Dead. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2007.

McManus, Dennis. Observations on Christmas, Lent and Ordinary Time Collects (no.4). Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2006.

McManus, Dennis. Notes on Select Mass Texts from the Proper of Saints 2006. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2006.

McManus, Dennis. Notes on the 2006 Collects of Advent and the Christmas Season. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2006.

McManus, Dennis. Review of 2005 Collect: Illustrations of Points of Critique from Vox Clara Commission. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2005.

McManus, Dennis. Review of 2005 Collects for Christmas Season, Lent, Easter and Sundays 1-15 in Ordinary Time. Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 2005.

McManus, Dennis. Five Liturgical Translation Projects. Washington, DC: Bishops Committee on the Liturgy, 2004.

Dennis McManus. Lecture. Le Blonde Lecture at the Athanaeum of Ohio (Cincinnati). Patristic Characteristics of the Language of the Roman Missal (March 16, 2001).

McManus, Dennis. Report on Revision of the Ordination Prayers of "De Ordinatione". Vatican City: Vox Clara Commission, 1999.