Official Title: Assistant Professor | Coordinator for the Department of Catholic Theology

Faculty: Faculty of Religious Studies

Email: franz.gassner@usj.edu.mo


Short Bio

1964: born in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Lower Austria

1979-1984: Professional School for Electrical Engineering

1984-85: Civil (Alternative) Service as fire-fighter in Krems an der Donau

1985-86: Studies in Technical Physics at the Technical University of Vienna

1986-89: Studies in Religious Pedagogic at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna.

1989-1991: Novitiate in St. Gabriel (Austria) and joining the Divine Word Missionaries

1991-1994: Theological studies at the School of Theology in St. Gabriel.

1994: M.A. thesis in Catholic Theology: Psalm 139 Horizon and Theology.

1995: Ordination to Catholic Priesthood

1995-1999: Pastoral service at the Holy Trinity Parish in Vienna 10 (Favoriten) and teaching Religious Education in a Secondary School in Vienna;

1994 to 1999: Coordinator of Justice-Peace-Integrity-of-Creation (JPIC) of the Austrian/Croatian province of the Divine Word Missionaries;

1999-2000: Assistant priest in the parish St. Genevieve, Lafayette/Louisiana, USA;

2000-2002: Graduate Studies (M.A.) in Philosophy at Boston College, USA;

2002-2011: Formator at the International Formation Community, SVD in Vienna;

2003-2005:  Hospital Chaplain at the Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Spital in Vienna;  

2005-2009: University Assistant at the Institute of Social Ethics of the University of Vienna, Austria (teaching courses; supervision of M.A. thesis; reserach on my PhD-thesis);

2010-2011: Lecturer at the Institute of Social Ethics, University of Vienna;

January 2012-April 2013: Visiting Professor, USJ

Since April 2013: Assistant Professor for Christian Studies, USJ

Membership:  Society for Catholic Social Ethics of Middle Europe

Areas of Research:  ethics of consumption (social ethics), ethical principles for sustainable patterns of production and consumption; contributions of religion and spirituality for sufficient and sustainable lifestyles and institutions and bearing of the Catholic Social Teaching;

Unpublished:

PhD-Thesis in Catholic Theology (Social Ethics): Gerecht Konsumieren. Sozialethische und theologische Perspektiven einer Ethik des Konsums. Dissertation zur Erlangung des akademischen Grades eines Doktors der Theologie, Universität Wien 2012.

M.A. Thesis in Catholic Theology (Exegesis Old Testament): Psalm 139: Horizont und Theologie. Diplomarbeit zur Erlangung des akademischen Grades eines Magisters der Theologie, St. Gabriel 1994.

Publications:

Stabilitätskriterium Tauschgerechtigkeit. Aristoteles und die Wirtschaftskrise, in: Pribyl, Herbert (Hg.): Die Neue Weltwirtschaftskrise. Lösungsansätze aus christlich-ethischer Perspektive (Vienna 2013).

Caritasarbeit in der Republik Moldau (together with Alfred Weiss), in: Ingeborg Gabriel/Helmut Renöckl: Solidarität in der Krise, Würzburg 2012, 161-168.

Ethik des Konsums. Wirtschafs-, Umwelt- und Sozialverträglichkeit. Börse-Kurier. Österreichs Wochenzeitung für Finanz und Wirtschaft, Nr. 51, 17.12.2009.

Freiheit - Sicherheit - Risiko. Paradigmen aus bedürfnisethischer Sicht, in: Frühbauer, Johannes J. / Hörter, Michael / Noweck, Anna (Hg.): Freiheit %u2013 Sicherheit %u2013 Risiko. Christliche Sozialethik vor neuen Herausforderungen, Münster 2009 (Forum Sozialethik 6), 207-220. 

Gassner, Franz (editor, together with Ingeborg Gabriel): Solidarität und Gerechtigkeit. Ökumenische Perspektiven, Ostfildern 2007. 

Formación para la misión hoy. Elementos del concepto nuevo de formación de los Misioneros del Verbo Divino en Austria, in: Spiritus. Edición hispanoamericana. 45/1 No. 174 / 2004.

Jetzt die Zukunft gestalten. Bericht über den Kongress der katholischen Sozialethiker Mitteleuropas im Katholischen Sonntagsblatt. Kirchenzeitung der Diözese Bozen-Brixen.  

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