Finding a Deeper Meaning

Inside USD -- The curtain rises for Reverend Rico Monge, a new professor at the University of San Diego. The 37-year-old Los Angeles native, Dodgers fan, and former punk rock bass guitarist has officially joined the faculty in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

Monge isn’t what one might expect when picturing a theology professor. Though he did grow up with an eclectic religious background, his passions extend to many other areas of study and culture — in the 1990s, his punk rock band played along side the world-famous band P.O.D.

Monge was born into a Roman Catholic family but throughout his lifetime has practiced three branches of Christianity: Roman Catholicism, Evangelical Protestantism, and Greek Orthodox. His family converted to Evangelical Protestantism in grade school. Then in his early twenties, Monge became a Greek Orthodox. Religion has always been a large part of his life but it has not always been what he believed his “calling” would be. Like his younger brother, Professor Monge thought that he would go into a scientific field. He began his education at Pomona College on a path to receiving a major in biology. Soon thereafter, he had a change of heart. Monge missed studying the humanities and decided to major in English. (Full Story)

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