Michael Horan

Professor, Department of Theological Studies

Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659, USA
Office: University Hall 3767
Email: mhoran@lmu.edu
Phone: (310) 338-2755
Fax: (310) 338-1947
















Academic Background

Ph.D. - The Catholic University of America, Department of Religion and Religious Education, 1989.

M.R.E. - The Catholic University of America, Department of Religion and Religious Education, 1982.

B.A. (magna cum laude) - Iona College, in Spanish and Religious Studies, 1977.


Areas of Research

  • Religious Education; Lay Pastoral Leadership


Courses Taught

Dr. Horan teaches in the areas of Theology of Pastoral Ministry, History and Theory of Religious Education, Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry. Dr. Horan has taught the following courses: Introduction to Theology, Ecclesiology, Theology of Ministry (undergraduate), Religious Education, Pastoral Theology, Youth Ministry (graduate).


Professional Bio

Dr. Michael Horan is Professor of Religious Education and Pastoral Theology and Graduate Program Director at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Horan has ministered to youth and young adults in high schools and college campuses in New York and Washington, D.C. He holds a special interest in the preparation of lay ministers for leadership in the Catholic church. For the past ten years Dr. Horan has taught Catholic lay ministers and Catholic school teachers in graduate programs at LMU and in various universities throughout the nation each summer. Michael Horan is an author of two works on the General Directory for Catechesis, numerous articles and essays (representatives below). A national speaker on topics in religious education and youth ministry, Dr. Horan is a contributing author of Blest Are We, the parish and school religious education series published by Silver Burdett Ginn. Locally, Dr. Horan has served on the Advisory Board for the Office of Pastoral Associates for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and on the Board of Directors of St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California.


Selected Publications

Monographs and Edited Works

Catechesis As an Evangelizing Moment: Singular Challenge to a Maturing Church. Washington, DC: National Catholic Educational Association Monograph, 1999.

Good News in New Forms: A Companion to the General Directory for Catechesis. with Jane E. Regan. Washington, D.C.: National Conference of Catechetical Leadership Monograph, 1998.

Guest Editor, Listening: The Journal of Religion and Culture volume 33, number 1 (Winter 1998). Theme: “Contemporary Religious Education in Mid-life: Thirtysomething Years after Vatican II.”

Kerygmatic Catechesis: An Analysis of the Writings of Josef Jungmann and Johannes Hofinger as Reflected in Post-Conciliar Documents on Catechetics. Ph.D. Dissertation, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1989. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms, 1989.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Faith Forming More than the Kids: Best Practices for Supporting Adults’ Faith.” Today’s Parish Minister vol. 39, no 1 (January 2007), pp. 14-16.

“Writing Home about Adult Catechesis and the New Catechism for Adults: An Exercise in Praxis.” Catechetical Leader vol. 17, no. 6 (Nov-Dec 2006), pp. U1 – U8.

“Josef Andreas Jungmann.” In Christian Educators of the 20th Century. Edited by Kevin E. Lawson. Lilly Foundation Database Project, 2006.

“Justice Education as a School Wide Effort: Effective Religious Education in the Catholic School.” Catholic Education: Journal of Inquiry and Practice Volume 9, Number 2 (December 2005): 215-229.

“Toward Mature Faith: Forming an Adult Church in Small Ways.” Church Volume 21, Number 1, spring 2005, pages 1-5.

“Noticing and Shaping the Environment in Adult Faith Formation.” FaithWorks, Volume 7/8 (April 2005), p. 7.

“Forming an Adult Church After the Scandal.” FaithWorks 7/4 (December 2004): 7.

“Mature Faith Questions.” FaithWorks 7/3 (November 2004): 7.

“Catechetical Directories Old and New.” in Documents for the Parish: Liturgical, Catechetical, Biblical. Edited by David M. Lysik. Chicago: LTP/Liturgical Training Publications, 2001.

“Faith, Religion and Theology” in Sacred Adventure Beginning Theological Study. Edited by William C. Graham. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1999, pp. 1-8.

“The Participants in Catechesis” in Empowering Catechetical Leaders Edited by Thomas H. Groome and Michael J. Corso. Washington, D.C.: National Catholic Education Association, 1999, pp. 113-134.