Deacon Ed McCormack

M.A., Ph.D.
Coordinator of Human and Spiritual Formation

In August 2013, Deacon Edward J. McCormack joined the formation faculty at Theological College and currently serves as Coordinator of Human and Spiritual Formation. He also teaches in the D. Min. program as an adjunct professor in the area of Christian spirituality at The Catholic University of America.

He earned a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Catholic University and an M.A. in Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange, N.J.  He has been teaching theology for 30 years and training men and women for ministry in the Church at both the master’s and doctoral levels for 15 years. Ed has served on the faculties at the Dominican House of Studies, St. Mary’s Seminary & University, and Washington Theological Union, where he was an associate professor of Christian Spirituality and the Chair of the Spirituality Department.  Ed taught courses in Systematic Theology and Christian Spirituality, specializing in Ignatian spirituality.

His research interests focus on the intersection of Christian spirituality and pastoral practice. Some of his most recent publications include: “Transformative Preaching” in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Fall 2015; “Understanding St. Ignatius: Spiritual Father of Pope Francis” in, February 24, 2015; and “Accompanying Another through Loss: Ignatian Insights” in Presence:  An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, Spring 2014. He is completing a handbook on formation advising for priestly ministry entitled, “Forming Future Priests: Accompaniment, Participation, and Evaluation.”  Also in progress is a book about guiding a person through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

For three decades,, Ed has devoted himself to adult faith formation, directing retreats in the Ignatian tradition, and guiding others through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  He continues to do this work as a permanent deacon at St. John the Baptist Catholic Community in Silver Spring, Md., where he preaches regularly. His homilies and other videos on Christian life can be found on his YouTube channel, Deacon Ed McCormack. Ed is a family man with a wonderful wife and two beautiful girls who keep him very busy.