First Advisor

Brumbaugh, Julia

Second Advisor

Geger, Fr. Bart, SJ

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Howe, Jonathan


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

65 pages


In a society where Exorcism is seen by many as something from another realm and even unnecessary because it is viewed as superstitious or hokey, there remains the need for Exorcism to adequately contend with the evil in the world. Evil manifests in humans with demons and Exorcism provides a historically, spiritually, and psychologically profound treatment for those demons. Exorcism meaningfully engages with science to figure out what the foundation for a mental, psychological and spiritual illness is, and works alongside doctors to treat it so that holistic healing can be achieved. This paper argues that we need to recover the place of the Rite of Exorcism and reevaluate its ancient and still wide-spread spiritual practice for modern Catholics. Restoring trust in the practice of Exorcism is a powerful antidote to the reductionist (materialist) visions of human beings in the cosmos, and it provides an enhanced context for imagining wholeness and healing for human beings. There is more to Exorcism than the widely portrayed carnival like freak show that Hollywood so often depicts. It has deep significance and has the potential to restore the relationship between science and religion regarding the treatment of mental and spiritual illness.

Date of Award

Spring 2013

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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