Official Title: Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy | Coordinator for the Department of Catholic Theology | Associate Professor

Faculty: Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy

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; research 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

Since September 2014: Coordinator of the Department for Catholic Theology;

Since February 2019: Associate Professor;

Membership:  Society for Catholic Social Ethics of Middle Europe;

                       International Solid Waste Association (ISWA);

Editorial Board Member: The Journal of the Macau Ricci Institute

                                          Orientis Aura: Macau Perspectives in Religious Studies

Areas of Research:  resource & consumer ethics; principles for sustainable production and consumption; contributions of religion and spirituality for sufficient and sustainable lifestyles and societies;

 

Publications

Editor

Gassner, Franz, together with Irene Klissenbauer, Petra Steinmair-Pösel, Peter Kirchschläger (Eds.). Human Rights and Justice as Contemporary Challenges. Contributions from Religion, Theology, Ethics, Law, and Economics. Festschrift for Ingeborg Gerda Gabriel. Göttingen: V & R unipress / Vienna University Press, 2020 (German and English);

Gassner, Franz. Solidarity and Justice. Ecumenical Perspectives (together with Ingeborg Gabriel). Ostfildern: Matthias-Grünewald Verlag, 2007 (German);

Articles

Gassner, Franz. Together with Irene Klissenbauer, Petra Steinmeier-Poesl, Peter Kirchschlaeger. “Introduction” (Eds.). In: Irene Klissenbauer, Franz Gassner, Petra Steinmair-Pösel, Peter Kirchschläger (Eds.). Human Rights and Justice as Contemporary Challenges. Contributions from Religion, Theology, Ethics, Law, and Economics. Festschrift for Ingeborg Gerda Gabriel. Göttingen: V & R unipress / Vienna University Press, 2020, p. 31-38 (German);

Gassner, Franz. "Ressourcen for Future in a Caring ring Economy" In: Irene Klissenbauer / Franz Gassner / Petra Steinmair-Pösel / Peter Kirchschläger (Eds.). Human Rights and Justice as Contemporary Challenges. Contributions from Religion, Theology, Ethics, Law, and Economics. Festschrift for Ingeborg Gerda Gabriel. Göttingen: V & R unipress / Vienna University Press, 2020, p. 31-38 (German), pp. 683-697 (English);

Gassner, Franz. “Science and Laudato Si’ on the Paradigm Shift towards Sustainable Development”. The Journal of the Macau Ricci Institute, June 2/2018, Macau (English/Chinese);

Gassner, Franz. "’Abfaelle sind kostbar!’ Konsumethische Perspektiven in Papst Franziskus' Enzyklika Laudaut Si'”, in: Ingeborg Gabriel / Peter G. Kirchschlaeger / Richard Sturn: Eine Wirtschaft, die Leben foedert: Wirtschafts- und unternehmensethische Reflexionen im Anschluss an Papst Franziskus. Ostfildern: Matthias Gruenwald Verlag, 2017: 183-208 (German);

Gassner, Franz. “Education in Religious Freedom: Path to Peace and Stability”, in: Journal Orientis Aura: Macau Perspectives in Religious Studies, no. 1/2016, 77-99 (English);

Gassner, Franz. “Sufficient and Sustainable Lifestyles: Challenges for Global Consumer Cultures”, in: Intercultural Mission: Looking Forward, Volume 2, ed. by Lazar Thanuzraj Stanislaus SVD and Martin Üffing. New Dehli, India: ISPCK, and St. Augustin, Germany: Steyler Missionswissenschaftliches Institute, 2015: pp. 64-88 (English);

Gassner, Franz. “Carne Vale? Meat Consumption as Social Question”, in: Gunter-Prüller-Jagenteufel, Hans Schelkshorn, and Franz Helm (eds.). Twilight of Idols? The Civilization Crisis and Its Victims. Aachen, Germany: Verlagsgruppe Mainz, 2012: pp. 80-89 (German);

Gassner, Franz. “Stability Criteria ‘Justice in Exchange’: Aristotle and the Economic Crisis”, in: Pribyl, Herbert (ed.): The New Economic Crisis. Solutions from the Perspective of Christian Ethics. Vienna 2013 (German);

Gassner, Franz. “Caritas Work in the Republic of Moldavia”. In: Ingeborg Gabriel/Helmut Renöckl (eds.). Solidarity in Crisis. Würzburg, Germany: Echter Verlag, 2012: pp. 161-168 (German);

Gassner, Franz. „Ethics of Consumption: Economical-, Ecological-, and Social Compatibility.”  Stock Exchange Courier: Austria’s Weekly for Finance and Economy, no. 1, Dec. 17th 2009 (German);

Gassner, Franz. „Freedom – Security – Risks: Paradigm from Ethics of Needs“, in: Frühbauer, Johannes J. / Hörter, Michael / Noweck, Anna (eds.): Freedom – Security – Risks. Christian Ethics facing new Challenges. (Forum Sozialethik 6). Münster, Germany: Aschendorff Verlag,  2009: pp. 207-220 (German);

Gassner, Franz. “Formation for Mission Today. Elements of the new Formation Program of the Divine Word Missionaries in Austria”, in: Spiritus. Edición hispanoamericana. 45/1 No. 174 / 2004 (Espaniol);

Book Reviews

Gassner, Franz. “Justice in a finite World. Ecology – Economy – Ethics” (eds. Ingeborg Gabriel and Petra Steinmair-Pösel (Ostfildern: Matthias-Grünewald, 2013), in: Erbe und Auftrag. Benediktinische Zeitschrift 91. Jg./2 (2015), 230-231 (German);

Articles for wider Public

Gassner, Franz. Contributions to the Word in Other Words: Bible Diary 2019. Biblical Commentaries to Act 2,14-33 / Mt 28, 8-15 (April 22nd 2018, Easter Octave), and  1 John 1,5-2,2 / Mt 2,13-18 (December 28th, Feast of the Holy Innocents). Ed. by the Society of the Divine Word (Manila: Logos Publications, 2018).

Gassner, Franz. Contributions to the Word in Other Words: Bible Diary 2018. Biblical Commentaries to Ez 36,23-28  / Mt 22,1-14 (August 23rd, St. Rose of Lima), and Eph 3,2-12 / Lk 12,39-48 (October 4th, St. Anthony Mary Claret). Ed. by the Society of the Divine Word (Manila: Logos Publications, 2017).

Gassner, Franz. Contributions to the Word in Other Words: Bible Diary 2017. Biblical Commentaries to Lk 2:41-51 (March 20th 2017) and Mt 5:1-12 (Nov. 1st 2017). Ed. by the Society of the Divine Word (Manila: Logos Publications2016).

Gassner, Franz. Contributions to the Word in Other Words: Bible Diary 2018. Biblical Commentaries for August 23rd, St. Rose of Lima, 20th Week Ordinary Time, and Oct. 24th  St. Anthony Mary Claret Ed. by the Society of the Divine Word (Manila: Logos Publications 2017).

Gassner, Franz. “The Cross as Way to Life. Learning from the Missionary Spirituality of Saint Joseph Freinademetz”, in: Newsletter of the Arnold Janssen Spirituality Animation Team of Hong Kong and Macau SVD-District, Hong Kong, November 2015 (English and Chinese).

Gassner, Franz. “Saint Arnold Janssen on Faith and Mission”, in: Newsletter of the Arnold Janssen Spirituality Animation Team of Hong Kong and Macau SVD-District, Hong Kong, July 2013 (English and Chinese).

Interviews

“There is no future and gain in any form of schism”, Interview by Marco Carvalho, O Clarim, October 5, 2018; Chinese: 專訪聖言會範聖言神父 「任何形式的分裂都沒有未來和收穫」, 2018年10月12日; Portugese: “Papa Francisco convida os católicos da China ao diálogo e à reconciliação”, O’ Clarim, September 28, 2018;

“Fuel for Typhoons and Hurricans”. Interview by Daniel Oliveira on Food Waste, O' Clarim, Sept. 22nd 2018;

“From Physics to Metaphysics, From Nature to God”, Interview in: O Clarim, March 27th 2015 ( English); Chinese: 專訪聖言會葛義穩神父, O’ Clarim, 2015年4月10日;

“Christmas At Home in Austria”, Contribution to O Clarim, December 2015;

“A step forward in the right direction,” Interview about the decisions on the “Two-Child policy in Mainland China”; O Clarim, November 20th, 2015, Macau, SAR China (interviewer: Pedro Daniel Oliveira);

 


Modules

Year 1 Doctorate
Year 1 Master
MES105
2.00 credits
MES101
3.00 credits
Year 1 Bachelor
LCS110
2.00 credits
LCS106
2.00 credits
Year 2 Bachelor
LCO104
2.00 credits
Year 3 Bachelor
LPH203
2.00 credits
Year 4 Bachelor
LPH220
2.00 credits
LSS226
3.00 credits
LPH226
2.00 credits
LCM218
3.00 credits
LCO301
4.00 credits
LCO107
2.00 credits
Year 5 Bachelor
LCS510
4.00 credits