Rev. John P. Cush, STD

About Rev. John P. Cush, STD

Fr. John P. Cush, the Editor-in-Chief of Homiletic and Pastoral Review, is a professor of Dogmatic Theology at Saint Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in the Archdiocese of New York. He is a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Fr. Cush holds the Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. He is the author of The How-to-Book of Catholic Theology (OSV, 2020), Theology as Prayer (IPF, 2022) and is a contributor to Intellect, Affect, and God (Marquette University Press, 2021).

Homilies for April 2024

For Divine Mercy Sunday, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the Third Sunday, Fourth Sunday, and Fifth Sunday of Easter Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy) – April 7, 2024 Readings: Acts 4:32–35 • Psalm 118:2–4, 13–15, 22–24 … [Read more...]

Homilies for March 2024

For the Third Sunday, Fourth Sunday, and Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny, Year A) For the Third Sunday, Fourth Sunday, and Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year B) For the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy … [Read more...]

Guilt and the Eucharist

The words of the centurion, words that we say again and again at every celebration of Holy Mass, are among the truest words that we can ever utter: “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul s … [Read more...]

Mary, Our Mother of Mercy

My mother died in July 2020. I was blessed to be home from my then-assignment in Rome for the event; as it happened, I was the only one there with her. In a manner that was like a reverse Pieta, she died in my arms, breathing her last … [Read more...]

Homilies for May 2023

For the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Sundays of Easter; the Solemnity of the Ascension; and Pentecost Sunday Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 6, 2023 Readings: Acts 6:1–7 • Ps 33:1–2, 4–5, 18–19 • 1 Pt 2:4–9 • Jn 14:1–12      bible.usccb.org/bi … [Read more...]

The Theology and Heart of Benedict XVI

Adapted from Theology as Prayer: A Primer for the Diocesan Priest, by Rev. John P. Cush and Msgr. Walter R. Oxley (Omaha, NE: Institute for Priestly Formation, 2022). I remember meeting Cardinal Ratzinger on the street when I was a … [Read more...]

HPR Ressourcement

Monsignor William Brady, a professor of dogmatic theology at Saint Joseph’s Seminary and College in Dunwoodie, New York, was asked in 1900 by the founder of Homiletic and Pastoral Review (then titled The Homiletic Monthly & Catechist) t … [Read more...]

Homilies for November 2022

For All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, November 6, November 13, November 20 (Solemnity of Christ the King), November 27 Sunday homilist: Rev. James Orr For All Saints and All Souls: Rev. John Cush, Editor-in-Chief Solemnity of All Sai … [Read more...]

Homilies for April 2022

By Dcn. Jerome Buhman: Fifth Sunday of Lent Year C; Palm Sunday; Easter Sunday; Divine Mercy Sunday. By Rev. John P. Cush, STD: Fifth Sunday of Lent Year A; Holy Thursday; Good Friday; the Easter Vigil. Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 3, 2 … [Read more...]

Homilies for August 2021

For August 1, August 8, August 15 (the Solemnity of the Assumption), August 22, and August 29 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 1, 2021 Readings: Ex 16:2–4, 12–15 • Ps 78:3–4, 23–24, 25, 54 • Eph 4:17, 20–24 • Jn 6:24–35  bible … [Read more...]

Homilies for December 2020

For December 6, Immaculate Conception, December 13, December 20, Christmas, December 27 2nd Sunday of Advent – December 6, 2020 Readings: Is 40:1–5, 9–11 • Ps 85:9-10-11-12, 13–14 • 2 Pt 3:8–14 • Mk 1:1–8  bible.usccb.org/bi … [Read more...]

Homilies for June 2019

June 2 (7th Sunday or Ascension), Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi, and June 30. Ascension, or Sunday in Easter – June 2, 2019 Seventh Sunday of Easter    Readings: Acts 7:55–60 • Ps 97:1–2, 6–7, 9 • Rev 22:12–14, 16–17, 20 • J … [Read more...]

Homilies for September 2018

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—September 2, 2018 Readings: Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54; Eph 4:17, 20-24; Jn 6:24-35 http://usccb.org/bible/readings/080518.cfm The Apostle James writes in his epistle: “Be do … [Read more...]

Radical Orthodoxy: An Overview

Part One: An Introduction A Brief Overview of the Radical Orthodoxy Movement In 1990, John Milbank, then reader in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University and a fellow of Peterhouse, published his seminal text, Theology and … [Read more...]

Understanding the Four Aspects of Dogma According to Bernard Lonergan in The Way to Nicea

Introduction As a professor of theology, and as academic dean of a seminary, I feel it’s important to lay a solid foundation for the student who is beginning his study of theology. In my introductory seminar in fundamental theology, t … [Read more...]