Faculty Profile

Religious Studies Faculty

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.

Recent News

Raymond Patterson, professor of religious studies and department chair, in early June received the inaugural Northeast-10 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Faculty Mentor Award during the NE10's year-end banquet at Gillette Stadium's Putnam Club. Ray is a long-time supporter of Saint Michael's athletics, and serves as the faculty affiliate for the women's basketball, field hockey and women's lacrosse programs, providing academic support and guidance to those teams' student-athletes. His selection was based on supporting nomination input from the College’s student-athletes themselves. Read the full story >>


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