Faculty Profile

American Studies Faculty

Raymond Patterson, PhD

Religious Studies Department Chair

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
  • The Church
  • Saints and Holiness
  • Symbol and Sacrament
  • Theological Themes in Film
  • Varieties of Christianity

My Saint Michael's:

My favorite class to teach probably is The Church, which treats contemporary Roman Catholic issues and considers the Catholic contribution to the discussion of a wide variety of topics in today’s world.

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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