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Cleveland, Ohio — Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D., has been named as the inaugural holder of the Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at John Carroll University.  Dr. Hahnenberg currently serves as associate professor of theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he teaches courses in theological method, ecclesiology, liturgy, and contemporary Catholicism.  He will join John Carroll’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies in the fall of 2011. In announcing the appointment, John Carroll University President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., said “Dr. Hahnenberg is a scholar held in the highest regard among his peers, nationally and internationally.” He added, “Our students stand to benefit greatly from Dr. Hahnenberg’s research and insight, helping them to better understand the integration of Catholic theology with a commitment to faith, social justice, and scholarship.” The Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies and the Tuohy Chair in Interreligious Studies are already established at John Carroll. The addition of the Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology further strengthens the University’s mission to educate individuals of intellect and character who can lead and serve in the region and the world. Dr. Hahnenberg has authored three books – Ministries: A Relational Approach (Crossroad, 2003), A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007), Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call (Liturgical Press, 2010)—and numerous articles in academic and pastoral journals. He served as a consultant to the U.S. Bishop’s Subcommittee on Lay Ministry in its preparation of the document, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord.   A native of Michigan, Dr. Hahnenberg is married and has three children. ABOUT THE BREENS John Carroll alumni Jack and Mary Jane Breen established the Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology to support John Carroll University’s mission, and enhance educational endeavors centering on the University’s Jesuit Catholic tradition. The Breens serve as sponsors of the University’s Institute of Catholic Studies, and also established The Breen Family Catholic Lecture Series, as well as the Breen Learning Center at the Grasselli Library. John Carroll University, founded in 1886 as Saint Ignatius College, is located in University Heights, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland. The University was renamed in 1923 to honor America’s first Catholic Bishop, John Carroll of Maryland. Its Jesuit Catholic mission inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and the world.  John Carroll University is recognized nationally for an exceptional four-year graduation rate, teaching excellence, and a commitment to living a faith that does justice as central to its mission. John Carroll is one of 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.