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Theology and Religious Studies

Faculty Emeriti

Monsignor John R. Portman

Monsignor John R. Portman

Professor Emeritus, Theology and Religious Studies

The founding chair of the department of Theology and Religious Studies, John Portman received his B.A. from the University of San Diego in 1953 and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of San Diego in 1956.  From 1965 to 1968, he was member of the faculty of Immaculate Heart Seminary at the University of San Diego, the last two years as Vice-Rector.

In 1968, Msgr. Portman was hired as chair and professor in the College for Men and continued to serve in this capacity as then-chair of the Department of Religious Studies through the period of the merger until his return to full-time pastoral duties as pastor of the Church of the Immaculata in the summer of 1974.

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Norbert J. Rigali, S.J.

Professor Emeritus, Theology and Religious Studies
nrigali@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4056

Office: Maher Hall 296

Prior to his retirement in 1999, Norbert J. Rigali, S.J., had a distinguished career of twenty-seven years at the University of San Diego teaching and writing in his specialty, Roman Catholic fundamental moral theology.  His publication record includes more than seventy articles (in English and German), published in the finest theological journals in the United States and Europe.  This body of work earned him a place as one of the most widely respected thinkers in his field over the last two generations. The department and its students were fortunate that Father Rigali was willing, after his official retirement, to stay on in the classroom on a part-time basis for some ten years, until his “re-retirement” in May, 2009.

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