Faculty Profile

Raymond Patterson, PhD

Religious Studies Department Chair, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Ph.D. The Catholic University of America
M.A. Yale Divinity School
B.A. Dartmouth College;

Courses I Teach:

  • American Catholicism
  • American Protestantism
  • Celtic Christianity
  • Saints and Holiness
  • Sacraments, Worship, and Ritual
  • Religion and Film
  • Varieties of Christianity

My Saint Michael's:

Saint Michael’s graduates look at their time in Vermont as a special time in their lives -- many spend the rest of their lives trying to find ways to get back here!  I like the size of the community, which has allowed me to develop strong working relationships with students, staff and other faculty.

My research interests include intellectual movements in American Catholicism, American popular piety, Christian worship, and saints and models of sanctity. My current research focuses on American Catholic History. Other areas of interest include American Christianity, Christian Sacraments and Worship and Celtic Christianity.

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