Georgetown professor of theology, Peter C. Phan, is the recipient of the 2010 Catholic Theology Society of America’s John Courtney Murray Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the society on a theologian. It is named after John Courtney Murray, the great American theologian known for his work on religious liberty.
The award was announced at a CTSA banquet here June 12.
He was the first person of non-European descent to serve as president of the CTSA.
Phan, a native of Vietnam, emigrated as a refugee to the U.S.A. in 1975. He was profiled in NCR in February, 2000.
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He obtained three doctorates, the Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Universitas Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, and the Doctor Philosophy and the Doctor of Divinity from the University of London. He has also been awarded an honorary Doctor of Theology from Chicago Theological Union.