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Charles Gordon CSC, PhD

Garaventa Center, Co-Director

Holy Cross

Charles Gordon CSC, PhD



Franz Hall 330

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Fr. Charlie Gordon, CSC, was born on the south side of Chicago and grew up near Boston.  His first assignment after ordination was to teach theology for two years in Nairobi, Kenya.  After that, he studied at Cambridge University in England.  For a number of years he taught at the University of Notre Dame, where he also served as Director of the Old College Undergraduate Seminary Program. In 2006, he began teaching at the University of Portland, and since 2013 has also served as Co-Director of The Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture at UP. He is a systematic theologian with a particular interest in the theology of literature. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Divinity Faculty, 1999, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom. Doctoral Dissertation: Uses of “Supernatural” in England in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries.
  • Masters of Divinity, 1986, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, 1978, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN