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Robert Fastiggi

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Dr. Robert Fastiggi is Professor of Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Previously he taught at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Dr. Fastiggi received an A.B. in Religion (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College in 1974; a M.A. in Theology from Fordham University in 1976; and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham in 1987. In addition, he has done private research in Paris and Montréal, and he took part in a study-tour of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain sponsored by the National Council for U.S.-Arab relations. During his time at Sacred Heart, Dr. Fastiggi has taught a wide variety of courses, including Ecclesiology, Christian Anthropology, Christology, Mariology, Moral Theology, and the Sacramental Life of the Church. He is a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and the president of the Mariological Society of America.

He has served as the executive editor of the 2009-2013 supplements to the New Catholic Encyclopedia and the co-editor of the English translation of the 43rd edition of the Denzinger-Hünermann compendium published by Ignatius Press in 2012.

Dr. Fastiggi was born in Montclair, New Jersey and now resides in Michigan with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children: Mary, Anthony and Clare.

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