Rev. Frank Matera Ph.D.
Fr. Frank Matera was named Pastor at St. Mary's in June 2012, returning to parish life after decades in education. A native of New Britain, he studied at Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, and at the Catholic University of Louvain, where he received his M.A.
From 1968 to 1988, Fr. Matera served in a number of parishes in Connecticut -- serving as assistant pastor at St. Margaret in Madison, St. Joseph in New Haven and St. Thomas in Southington. He also served as co-pastor ast St. Rose in Meriden from 1972-78. From 1990-2012, Fr. Matera was a weekend assistant at Holy Family Parish in Davidsonville, MD.
After his several years of parish work through the 1970s, he pursued doctoral studies at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, where he received his Ph.D. in 1981. His dissertation, The Kingship of Jesus: Composition and Theology in Mark 15 was subsequently published by Scholars Press.
Father Matera taught at St. John's Seminary in Boston from 1982-87 and then taught at the Catholic University of America from 1988-2012.
He served as associate chair of the Department of Theology from 1995 to 1998 and as its chair from 1998 to 2001. Father Matera also served on STRS’ library, cap, executive council, and Ph.D. committees along with multiple other search committees.
In addition, he had extensive service on several CUA committees, including the Library, Honorary Degrees, Academic Senate, Board of Trustees, Institutional Assessment for Accreditation, Graduate Board, University Honors Program Advisory Council, Editorial Board for the CUA Press, Studies in Early Christianity, and this year’s Search Committee for Dean at STRS.
As a retiring member of the university faculty in 2012, he was among those honored at the annual spring faculty luncheon
(Pictured with CUA President John Garvey (L) and Provost James Brennan (R)).
Photos courtesy of
The Catholic University of America
Father Matera became associate editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly in 1987, a consulter from 1994 to 1996, vice president in 2003, and president from 2003 to 2004. He is a member of The Catholic Biblical Association of America, The Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society for the Study of the New Testament. He was a member of the Plenary Commission of Faith and Order from 1994 to 2000 and a delegate of the Roman Catholic Church to the Meeting of Faith and Order in Santiago, Spain, in 1994.
A student of Paul, he is the author of commentaries on Romans, Galatians, and 2 Corinthians. Interested in the theological dimension of the New Testament, he has published works on the Passion Narratives, New Testament Ethics, New Testament Christology and the Theology of the New Testament.
He has recently completed a book on Pauline Theology entitled God’s Saving Grace, which will be published by Eerdmans in the Fall of 2012.
Other books by Fr. Matera:
(Baker Academic, 2010)
New Testament Theology: Exploring Diversity and Unity
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2007)
New Testament Christology
(Westminster John Knox Press, 1999)
New Testament Ethics: The Legacies of Jesus and Paul
(Westminster John Knox Press, 1999)
The Forgotten God: Perspectives in Biblical Theology: Essays in Honor of Paul J. Achtemeier on the Occasion of His Seventy-Fifth Birthday
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2002)
Galatians: Translation, Critical Notes, Commentary. Sacra Pagina: 9
(Liturgical Press, 1992)
II Corinthians. New Testament Library
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2001)
Preaching Romans: Proclaiming God's Saving Grace
(Liturgical Press, 2010)
Strategies for Preaching Paul
(Liturgical Press, 2001)
Passion Narratives and Gospel Theologies: Interpreting the Synoptics through Their Passion Stories
(WIPF & Stock Publishers, 2001)
What are They Saying about Mark?
(Paulist Press 1987)
The Kingship of Jesus: Composition and Theology in Mark 15
(Scholars Press, 1982)