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Congratulations to GTF Faculty Members Named Visiting Scholars at Princeton Theological Seminary

Recv. Dr. Jorge Colon

The Rev. Fr. Jorge R. Colón León Fellow and François-Xavier Durrwell, C.Ss.R., Professor of Theology

Dr. Angel-Luis-Velez-Oyola

Ángel Luis Vélez Oyola Professor of Theology

Congratulations to Dr. Ángel Luis Vélez Oyola, Professor of Theology, and  Rev. Dr. Jorge R. Colón León, Fellow and François-Xavier Durrwell, C.Ss.R., Professor of Theology, on being named Visiting Scholars at the Princeton Theological Seminary.  Both Dr. Vélez Oyola and Dr. Colón León will be doing work at PTS this summer.

Dr. Jorge R. Colón León is Rev. François-Xavier Durrwell, C.Ss.R., Professor of Theology. He is a native of Puerto Rico, and after his initial training there, he entered the Redemptorist College Seminary in Suffield, Connecticut, in 1970. He earned the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1974. Going on to study theology at Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary, Esopus, New York, he holds a Master of Religious Education (1976) and a Master of Divinity (1978). Ordained in 1977, he went on to Rome where he earned the Licentiate in Sacred Theology and the Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1986. He also holds the Ph.D. in Theology from the Graduate Theological Foundation (2007). Father Colón has taught hundreds of courses at Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in New York, the Redemptorist International Seminary in Mexico, Sacred Heart University, the Dominican Center of Studies for the Caribbean, Interamerican University in Puerto Rico, and has been a Principal Lecturer of the Institute of Higher Theological Studies “John XXIII” and the Theological Faculty of the Catholic University in Lima, Peru.  Read Dr. Colón’s full faculty profile.

Dr. Ángel Luis Vélez Oyola is Professor of Theology at the GTF and he is Director of the School of Theology and graduate professor at the Metropolitan Campus of Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.  Dr. Vélez holds the B.A. from Turabo University, PR, Master’s degrees from the Center of Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and Barry University, the Th.M. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and the C.A.E.S. from Boston College.  He holds the Doctor of Education (Ecumenism and Church History) from the Graduate Theological Foundation and the Doctor of American History from the University of Seville in Spain as well as a postdoctoral degree in History of the Church from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.  Read Dr. Vélez Oyola’s full faculty profile.

New E-Tutorials

Eucharistic Theology: Word and Sacrament

Faculty: Rev. Jorge R. Colón, S.T.D., Ph.D., D. Div., Rev. François-Xavier Durrwell, C.Ss.R., Professor of Theology (Profile)

Objectives: To guide the student in studying contemporary Eucharistic theology, especially as it deals with the relationship between Word and Sacrament.



  • Bruce T. Morrill, SJ.  Encountering Christ in the Eucharist.  The Paschal Mystery, in People, Word, and Sacrament.  New York:  Paulist Press, 2012
  • Scott Hahn. Consuming the Word.  The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church. New York: Image, 2015


The Jewish Background of the Christian Eucharist

Faculty: Rev. Jorge R. Colón, S.T.D., Ph.D., D. Div., Rev. François-Xavier Durrwell, C.Ss.R., Professor of Theology (Profile)

Objective:  Exploration of the Jewish context surrounding the Christian Eucharist.  Jesus lived in an ancient Jewish context.  One must remember this Jewish background when dealing with the meaning and message of the Christian Eucharist.  The Bread of the Presence in the Old Testament opens up a whole new perspective on the real presence in the Christian Eucharistic message.
  • Pitre, Brant. Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist.  Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper.  New York:  Doubleday, 2011.
  • Pitre, Brant.  Jesus and the Last Supper.  Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans   Publishing Company, 2015.




Shaykh Ibrahim Abdul-Malik, Ph.D., El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Professor of American Muslim History and Culture at the GTF was recently interviewed during his visit to the Maldives regarding his experiences as the mastermind behind the founding of the former Science Education Centre (SEC), now called Centre for Higher Secondary Education (CHSE).  Read the interview and view photos.