By: Melanie Roberts

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Backgrounder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 5th, 2020

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Melanie Roberts

Digital Communications Major

 melanie.roberts@my.stmary.edu

Dr. Amanda Quantz

Dr. Amanda Quantz, a California Roman Catholic, was born in San Francisco on January 1. She was raised by her parents Nancy and Charles Quantz and grew up with her older brother, Larry Quantz. Dr. Quantz currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

The theology and pastoral ministry professor joined the University of Saint Mary in 2011. Her classes span the Middle Ages, Eastern Christianity, Catholicism, Christology, and Dante’s Divine Comedy.

On November 13, 2019, the theologian published her first book Radical Hospitality for a Prophetic Church. The book conveys Dr. Quantz firsthand experiences as a chaplain working with emerging ministries and builds on biblical concepts that feel outdated about what it means to be a church. Also, she has published several articles and book translations. In,  2011 she completed eight articles for the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.

Dr. Quantz originally went to college to be a surgeon. She switched her degree after studying a semester in Italy, and she found her calling through catholic art. At 19 years old, Dr. Quantz fell in love with theology and pursued her education at the University of San Diego. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies. Then further her education, earning a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a doctorate from the University of Saint Michael’s College (Toronto).

Dr. Quantz received her pastoral training as a chaplain in an inner-city hospital in San Francisco. She is a past president of the American Theological Society. For six years, she was in the Catholic theologian union in Chicago.

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