Leonard Biallas, S.T.D.

Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Theology



  • 1800 College Ave.
    Francis Hall 413
  • Quincy
  • IL
  • 62301


  • 217-228-5432 x3205

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Leonard J. Biallas is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Theology and Religious Studies, at Quincy University, Quincy, IL (from 1973). He was chairman of the Division of Theology and Philosophy at QU for twelve years (1979-1991).

He is the only person on the Quincy University faculty to have received all three of the University's faculty awards: Excellence in Teaching Award (1994); Trustees' Award for Scholarly Achievement (1998); Distinguished Professor Award (2002). Three times he was the Quincy University nominee for the Council Award For Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) (1978, 1985, 1986)

He has published three books:
Pilgrim: A Spirituality of Travel (2002, Franciscan Press, Quincy, IL)
World Religions: A Story Approach (1991, XXIII Publications, Mystic, CT)
Myths: Gods, Heroes, and Saviors (1986, XXIII Publications, Mystic, CT)

He has published eighteen articles and more than 120 book reviews in several scholarly journals and encyclopedias. For nine years (1977-1985) he was editor of The Bulletin of the Council on the Study of Religion.

In addition to his teaching at Quincy University, he has taught at:
University of Notre Dame (Undergraduate) (3 years) Rome Center (Loyola University), Rome, Italy (1 year) Auburn University (1 year) Saint Norbert College, DePere, WI (1 year) Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA (Grad and Undergrad) (14 summers) LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA (Graduate teaching) (4 summers) University of Portland, OR (Graduate and Undergraduate teaching, 1 summer) College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN (Undergraduate, 1 summer) University of Great Falls, MT (Undergraduate, 1 summer) Colgate Divinity School, Rochester, NY (Graduate, two weeks) Ahmedabad, India (Graduate, 2 weeks)

He has taught English as a Second Language:
Masaka, Uganda (Feb-April 1988)
Kaunas, Lithuania (June-July 1996)
Thanh Hoa, Vietnam (Feb-March 2009)

He was a Road Scholar for the Illinois Humanities Council (2004-2008), lecturing in 31 different cities in Illinois. Topic: "Beyond The DaVinci Code: The Holy Grail".

During the 1999-2000 academic year, he held the Chair as "Goodwin-Philpott Eminent Scholar in Religion" at Auburn University, Alabama. While there he received Auburn University's Panhellenic Council Award as Outstanding Professor.

He has won two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships:
University of California at Santa Barbara (with Walter H. Capps) (1976) Yale University (with Jaroslav Pelikan) (1979).

He received the bachelor's degree (A.B) from the University of Notre Dame; the master's degree (M.A.) from Holy Cross College, in Washington, DC; and the doctorate (S.T.D.) from the Institut Catholique, in Paris, France.

His research interests and publications have centered on Roman Catholicism, World Religions, Comparative Religions, Mythology, Native American Indian Religions, History of Christianity, and 20th century Systematic Theology.

Member (more than 30 years): American Academy of Religion, Catholic Theological Society of America, College Theology Society (vice-president, 1980-82).

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