Fr. Christopher J. Krall, SJ, 34, grew up in the small community of Marshfield, Wisconsin in the United States. Fr. Krall was called to the priesthood in first grade but began discerning his vocation in earnest during high school. At Boston College, Fr. Krall studied physics and philosophy, and earned dual bachelor’s degrees in 2005. During his college time he worked with the Vatican Observatory on a project examining “elliptical galaxies with dust lanes” and presented a poster at the 2004 Astrophysics Convention in San Diego, CA. Entering the Jesuits immediately after a post-graduation pilgrimage along El Camino de Santiago in Spain, Fr. Krall spent five months as a novice serving the Archdiocese of the Military Services. Missioned next to the University of Toronto, he earned a master’s in the history and philosophy of science and technology from Victoria College and a Diploma in Lonergan Studies from the Jesuits’ Regis College. At Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he taught physics and religion while coaching the cross country, soccer, tennis and ski teams. At the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology while serving as a deacon at Boston University’s Catholic Center. During his theology studies Chris entered the United States Navy as a chaplain candidate officer. Following ordination, Fr. Krall was missioned to the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee where he delved into both the sacramental ministries of the parish and the evangelization movements around the city, especially with young adult groups. He undertook an MSt in Science and Religion, focusing on the dignity and care of the human person in light of the advancements in neuroscience.
Academic Activities: Speaking at Conferences
Lonergan on the Edge Graduate Student Conference Presenter: Marquette University
· “Bernard Lonergan and Thomas Kuhn: The Advance of Knowledge”, http://www.lonerganresource.com/conference.php?1 2009.
· "Seeking What Ought To Be: An Analysis of GEM in the Context of Adolescent Moral Decision-Making and the Exercises of St. Ignatius,” http://www.lonerganresource.com/conference.php?7, 2011.
· “‘Memoria’ in Augustine's Trinity, A Needed Clarification in the Context of Recent Research”, http://www.lonerganresource.com/conference.php?31, 2014.
· “Conversion through Revelation: An Exploration of the Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Neuroscience of Divine Revelation”, http://www.lonerganresource.com/conference.php?39, 2015.
All of these presentations were published as refereed papers on www.lonerganresource.com.
Lumen et Vita Graduate Student Conference Presenter: Boston College
· “The Transfiguring Lord: An Analysis of the Work of Hans Urs Von Balthasar through the Lens of Conversion”, 2014