Fr. Timothy Lenchak, SVD

Professor of Theology

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Father Lenchak professed his perpetual vows as a Divine Word Missionary and was ordained a priest in 1975 after studying theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  He worked for six years as a vocation director at Divine Word Seminary in East Troy, Wisconsin.  From 1982 to 1986 he studied at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and received a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture.  The following two years Father Lenchak taught at St. Victor’s Major Seminary in Tamale, Ghana. In 1988 he returned to Rome to pursue a doctorate in biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, successfully defending his thesis  which was published in 1993.

Father Tim returned to Chicago in 1998 to serve as
formator at Divine Word Theologate and as an instructor in Old Testament at Catholic Theological Union.  In 1998 he was appointed generalate coordinator of the biblical apostolate for Divine Word Missionaries in Rome, Italy.  From 1998 to 2002 Father Lenchak also served as director of the Dei Verbum Biblical Pastoral Center at Nemi, about 25 miles outside Rome. His work for the SVD Generalate took him not only to many countries in Europe, but also to Africa, South America, Asia, and the Pacific. From 2004 to 2010 he served as the rector (house superior) of Collegio del Verbo Divino in Rome.  Father Tim became the eighth president of Divine Word College in 2011.
B.S. –Divine Word College, Epworth, IA  (Mathematics and Science)
M.A. – Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL  (Theology)
S.S.L. – Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy, (Sacred Scripture)
S.Th.D. – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy (Biblical Theology)
  Teaching Interests at Divine Word:
Old Testament, New Testament, Bible and Mission
  Research Interests:
Bible and narrative, Bible and mission, Bible and immigration
  "Choose Life!": A Rhetorical-Critical Investigation of Deuteronomy 28,69-30,20  (Analecta Biblica 129). Rome: Biblical Institute Press, 1993.
Editor with Carol J. Dempsey, OP, of Carroll Stuhlmueller, The Spirituality of the Psalms.  (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002).
Numerous articles, including regular features “Puzzling Passages” and “What’s Biblical About…?” in The Bible Today.
  Professional Affiliations:
Catholic Biblical Association
Italian, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese,  Latin, Greek, and Hebrew 
  Intercultural Experience:
Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Congo, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Togo