Last week, I completed my Capstone Defense Presentation. The culmination of all my study here at Mount Angel Seminary flashed before me. The title of my senior thesis is "Theosis and Liturgy: A Historical Study of Deification to Understand the Transformative Power of Roman Catholic Liturgy." This Eastern Theology has expanded my understanding of Liturgy. I first heard about the notion of Theosis when I attended a two-week retreat/conference called "Renewing Liturgy, Renewing Life," led by Sister Joyce Ann Zimmerman & Sister Kathleen Harmon from Dayton, OH, a few years ago.
In this paper, I give a historical background to the notion of theosis. I hope to expand this paper into a Master's Thesis in the future. I have about 49 days till graduation, and I still have a lot of work to do. I pray that all the seminarians persevere in these last days of classes and all will be able to show forth what they learned.