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Frans Jozef van Beeck, SJ papers

Collection BC-2000-103: Frans Jozef van Beeck, SJ papers


  • Creation: 1958 - 2004
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1964 - 1986

Scope and Contents

These papers document van Beeck's writing and lecturing on theological topics including Christology, systematic theology, the ordination of women, pastoral care of homosexuals, and Catholic education. Materials include manuscripts of his lecture notes, speeches, papers, articles, book drafts, and correspondence. There are also research materials, including published articles by other theologians, some of which are signed by the author, and materials from conferences which van Beeck attended.

The largest portion of the papers is made up of van Beeck's article and book drafts. Books include Admirable Exchange: A Systemic Theology, Catholic Identity After Vatican II, Christ Proclaimed: Christology as Rhetoric, God Encountered: A Contemporary Catholic Systemic Theology, Grounded In Love: Sacramental Theology in an Ecumenical Perspective, and his translation of Pieter Frans Smulders's Interpreting the Lord's Mystery: The Development of Christology in the Teachings of the Church Fathers and the Great Councils.


Language of Materials

In English with some items in Dutch.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical Note

Frans Jozef van Beeck was born in 1930 in Helmond, Netherlands. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1948 and attended the Collegium Berchmanianum in Nijmegen, graduating with a Ph.L. in 1954. He received a doctorate in English from the University of Amsterdam in 1961 and his Licentiate of Sacred Theology at the Collegium Maximum Canisianum in Maastricht in 1964, having been ordained as a Catholic priest in 1963.

Van Beeck began his academic career teaching English at Ignatius College in Amsterdam and simultaneously served as Director of Studies for the Netherlands Province of the Society of Jesus. He was a professor of systematic and liturgical theology at Boston College from 1968-1986. In 1986 he took the John Cardinal Cody Chair in Theology at Loyola University Chicago and remained there until his retirement in 2002.

Van Beeck wrote extensively on theology, including both articles and books. His monographs included Christ Proclaimed: Christology as Rhetoric (1979), Catholic identity after Vatican II: three types of faith in the one Church (1985), and God encountered: a contemporary Catholic systematic theology (a multi-volume series, 1989-2001).

Van Beeck died at Nijmegen, Netherlands in October 2011.


Gale Literary Databases: Contemporary Authors, "Frans Jozef van Beeck, 1930-".

"In Memoriam: Frans Jozef van Beeck, S.J." Boston College Office of News and Public Affairs website, October 13, 2011. (Archived December 5, 2011, on the Wayback Machine Retrieved August 11, 2021).


7 Linear Feet (16 containers)


These papers were created by twentieth-century Dutch Jesuit author and Christian theologian Frans Jozef van Beeck in pursuit of his academic and theological interests. They contain manuscripts of his articles and books, notes for his Boston College class on Systematic Theology, and conference addresses. Books include Christ Proclaimed: Christology as Rhetoric, Catholic identity after Vatican II: three types of faith in the one Church, and God encountered: a contemporary Catholic systematic theology. The papers also document Beeck's work on the ordination of women through his articles and an extensive background file of research and correspondence on the topic.


Organized in five series: I. Biographical, II. Classes, III. Conferences, IV. Correspondence, and V. Writing and editorial work.

Series V. is further divided into five subseries: A. Articles and addresses, B. Book reviews, C. Monographs, D. Reference materials, and E. Work as a censor.


Gift of Frans Jozef van Beeck, SJ in 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, and 2006.

Processing Information

This collection has been minimally processed from two item-level initial inventories. Item-level description has been retained where useful. Although items have been intellectually arranged to facilitate navigation, materials have not been physically arranged below the series level.

Frans Jozef van Beeck, SJ Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States