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Michael J. Tkacik, Ph.D.

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    Michael J. Tkacik, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Michael J. Tkacik, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Theology at Saint Leo University’s home campus in Florida. He holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Auburn University, a M.A. in Theology from Providence College, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University. He currently teaches in all phases of the graduate, undergraduate, diaconal, diocesan and online programs offered by Saint Leo University. His primary teaching interests and areas of research are the sacramentology and ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, and the roles of the laity and deacons within the Catholic Church.

    In addition to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the past 28 years, Dr. Tkacik has also been involved in the intellectual formation of deacon candidates for the past 25 years. Over the course of his academic career, Dr. Tkacik has served on the executive staff of the bishop of the diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, has held a number of administrative positions, has served on numerous diocesan committees, and has been a regular presenter at the College Theology Society and at various parishes and diocesan events. He has also taught at Providence College in Rhode Island and Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Tkacik has also served as a visiting lecturer at a number of Colleges/Universities including Auburn University and Spring Hill College in Alabama, and Emory and Henry College in Virginia. Dr. Tkacik’s most recent books are Pneumatic Correctives: What is the Spirit Saying to the Church of the 21st Century; Deacons: Ministers of Soul and Leaven; and Deacons and Vatican II: The Making of a Servant Church.

    He lives north of Tampa, Florida with his wife of 28 years, Suzy. He and Suzy are the proud parents of three sons, Charles (24), Benjamin (21) and Samuel (18). Dr. Tkacik enjoys music, nature, dogs, weight-lifting, tennis, iced tea, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Auburn Tigers.


    • Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University
    • MA in Theology from Providence College
    • BA in Philosophy and Religion from Auburn University

    Courses Taught

    • American Catholicism
    • Catholic Social Thought
    • Christian Ethics
    • Christology
    • Church History
    • Ecclesiology
    • Foundations of Christianity
    • Hebrew Scripture
    • History of Christianity
    • History, Theology and Spirituality of the Diaconate
    • John
    • Liturgy
    • New Testament
    • Pauline Literature and Theology
    • Sacraments
    • The Catholic Tradition
    • Theological Foundations I
    • Theological Foundations II
    • Theological Responses to the Holocaust
    • The Second Vatican Council
    • World Religions