Kathy Duffy

Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics
Chemistry and Physics Department

Office Location:  St. Joseph Hall, Morton Wing, SJ4
Office Phone:  215.248.7197
E-Mail:  kduffy@chc.edu

Educational Background 

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Drexel University, 1979
  • M.S. in Physics, Drexel University, 1977
  • B.S. in Physics, Drexel University, 1975
  • A.B. in Music, Chestnut Hill College, 1971

Courses Taught  

  • Principles of Physics
  • Science of Music
  • Astronomy
  • Interdisciplinary Honors Courses
    • Art as a Lens for Science and Religion
    • Science and the Sacred
    • Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science and the Spiritual
    • Voyages of Discovery: Literature and Science in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Scholarly Interests  

  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Science and Religion
  • Spirituality of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ


  • Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Rediscovering Teilhard’s Fire. Philadelphia: St. Joseph University Press, 2010.

Book Chapters 

  • “The Spiritual Power of Matter: Teilhard and the Exercises,” in David L. Fleming, SJ, ed., Sharing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, The Best of the Review 9, St. Louis, MO: Review for Religious, 2008: 256-65. 
  • “Evolutionary Landscapes in Teilhard de Chardin,” in Kuruvilla Pandikattu. Together Towards Tomorrow: Interfacing Science and Religion in India. Pune, India: Association of Science, Society and Religion, 2006. 
  • “That All May be One,” in Victoria Erickson and Susan A. Farrell, ed. Still Believing After All These Years. New York: Orbis Books, 2005. 
  • “Teilhard and Evolution: Faith in the Cosmos, Faith in Person, Faith in the Divine,” in Gabriel Ricci. Faith in Science. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2005. 
  • “The Texture of the Evolutionary Cosmos: Matter and Spirit in Teilhard de Chardin,” in Arthur Fabel and Donald St. John, eds. Teilhard in the 21st Century: The Emerging Spirit of the Earth. New York: Orbis Books, 2003. 

Book Reviews 

  • Ilia Delio. Christ in Evolution. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008. Reviewed for America, October 13, 2008, reprinted in Teilhard Perspective, Fall 2008. 
  • Louis Savary, Teilhard de Chardin: The Divine Milieu Explained reviewed for Teilhard Perspective, Fall 2008, republished in the online magazine, Metanexus Global Spiral.  
  • Andree Tiberghien, E. Leonard Jossem, Jorge Barojas. Ed. Connecting Research in Physics Education with Teacher Education. International Commission on Physics Education, 1998. Reviewed for Journal of College Science Teachers, March/April 1999, 360. 
  • John Fauvel, Raymond Flood, Michael Shortland, Robin Wilson, ed. Let Newton Be!A New Perspective on His Life and Works. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Reviewed for Journal of College Science Teachers, November 1990, 116. 


  • K. Duffy, “Teilhard and the Texture of the Evolutionary Cosmos,” delivered at Metanexus Conference, Science and Religion: Global Perspectives, published in the Metanexus online magazine, October 14, 2005 and at http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~thegroundoffaith/issues/2006-04/duffy.htm
  • K. Duffy, “The Spiritual Power of Matter: Evolution and Incarnation in Teilhard’s The Divine Milieu,” delivered at the symposium, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ and Evolution held at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, May 14, 2005 and published in the proceedings and in Science & Theology eNews, June 3, 2005.  
  • K. Duffy, “The Cellular Automaton and the Cosmic Tapestry: Wolfram and Teilhard Model the Universe,” Metanexus online magazine and Teilhard Perspectives, Volume 37, No. 2, Fall 2004, republished in Spanish online at http://teilharddechardingrupodeestudio.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13
  • K. Duffy, “The Spiritual Power of Matter: Teilhard and the Exercises.” Review for Religious, 63.2, 2004. 
  • K. Duffy, “The Evolution of Love in Teilhard de Chardin,” Omega: Indian Journal of Religion and Science, June 2004. 
  • K. Duffy, “Religious Responses to an Evolutionary World,” Media Development, 2, 2003. 
  • "The Universe Story. Your Story," Proceedings of the Eleventh National Congress of the Religious Formation Conference, 1999; with Margie Thompson, SSJ. 

Professional Activities 

  • Director, Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College 
  • Director, Interdisciplinary Honors Program 
  • Editor Board of American Teilhard Association and editor of Teilhard Studies, its biannual publication 
  • Board of Cosmos and Creation, Loyola University of Maryland.