Earl Madary Professional Information

Filed 2005

Earl Joseph Madary 

Earl is the chair of the Religious Studies and Philosophy department at Viterbo University. Earl is a catholic worker and a founding member of the Place of Grace Catholic Worker House in La Crosse, WI. U.S.A. Along with being a teacher, Earl has worked as a full-time church musician, youth minister, bus boy, a grade school music teacher, and taxi cab driver! On any clear morning, Earl can be found in a canoe exploring the waters of southwestern Wisconsin. Earl's educational background includes degrees in music, theology, and education. Earl, along with the Place of Grace community, edits and publishes "Neighborhood News" a Catholic Worker Newspaper. Earl has also written, along with William J. Reese, an introduction to the New Testament titles, "These Things Are Written" and composed and produced two recordings of orginal music, "Prodigals" and "Gilead." More and more, Earl finds his professional and personal interests lie in the integration of personalism, community, ecology, and service within a community of learning.

Educational and Professional Background

Viterbo - La Crosse, WI, 1983-88
Bachelor of Music   (B.M.)
Church Music / Applied Music

St. Mary's - Winona, MN, 1990-93
Master of Arts        (M.A.)

Graduate Theological Foundation - South Bend, IN, 2001-04
Doctor of Ministry    (D.Min.)






  • Adjunct, 1993-95, Part-time
  • Assistant Professor,1995-2004,Full-time
  • Chair, Religious Studies/Philosophy, 2003-Present 
  • Associate Professor, 2004-Present, Full-time

    Other Work Experience

  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 1988-95, Full-time, Pastoral Associate

    Awards, Honors, Recordings, and Publications Include:

    • The AFCU Journal: A Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education. Bala Cynwyd: AFCU, 2005. (Editorial Board)
    • Neighborhood Hood News, A Catholic Worker Newspaper. La Crosse:  A Place of Grace Catholic Worker Community, 1996-2005. (Editor and Contributing Writer)
    • Gilead, A Compact Disc of Original Christian Music, 2004; Produced and released by Little LA Records ©, La Crosse, WI
    • Mission Exemplar Award, Viterbo University, 2000
    • Prodigals, A Compact Disc of Original Christian Music, 2000; Produced and released by Little LA Records ©, La Crosse, WI
    • These Things Are Written, A Practical Introduction to the New Testament, 1999; By, Earl Joseph Madary and William Jerome Reese;Forbes Press ©, New York, New York
    • Leadership Award, Viterbo University, 1999
    • Third Place Winner, Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, 1987
    • Finalist, Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, 1986
    • Winner and Finalist, National Association of Teachers of Singing, 1984-1987

    Public presentation, concerts, and retreats.

  • "Concert for Hunger"- January 2005
    Viterbo University Humanities Symposium
  • "The Poetry of Music" - December 2004
    Pump House Regional Center for the Arts - La Crosse, WI 
  • "Oikos Logos and the Knowledge of Home" - November 2004
    Hixon Forest Annual Meeting - La Crosse, WI
  •  "The Rituals of Home"  - November 2004
    American Association of University Women - La Crosse, WI
  • "The Vocation of the Artist" - October 2004
    Wisconsin Rapids Deanery - Plain, WI
  • "Hospitality" - July 2004
    Master of Arts in Education Pro Seminar, Viterbo University 
  • "The Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation" - October 2003
    The Diocese of Superior - "Annual Fall Teacher/Catechist Institute" 
  • "The Ethics of Relationships" - June/July 2003
    Upward Bound, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse
  • "Catholic Social Teaching" - April 2003
    Wisconsin Catholic Conference - "Day at the Capital" 
  • "Service or Subjugation? The Power of Being With" - April 2003
    Annual Ethics across the Curriculum Conference, Viterbo University
  • "The Transforming Power of Love:Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ - March 2003
    National Gathering of Associates
  • "Sacred Stories and Sacred Songs" - May 2002
    North American Conference of Associates and Religious - National Conference - Milwaukee, WI 
  • "Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day: The Marriage of Contemplation and Action, A Call to Radical Hospitality" - April 2002
    Fourth General Meeting and Conference of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland Oakham School United Kingdom