Academic Title

Professor, Religious and Theological Studies

Research Interests
  • Augustinian Thought
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Sacramental Theology
  • Systematic Theology
Research Summary

My research over the past decade has focused on the relevance of Saint Augustine’s life and thought for young adults, parallels between his political theology and the contemporary refugee crisis, and interfaith relations and spirituality.

  • Ph.D.Psychology of ReligionBoston University
  • D.Min.Pastoral CounselingAndover-Newton Theological School
  • M.A.Liturgical-Sacramental TheologyCatholic University of America
  • S.T.B.Catholic TheologyCatholic University of America
  • B.A.Philosophy, LanguagesVillanova University
Areas of Expertise
  • Augustine’s Political Theology
  • Comparative Theology
  • Interfaith Relations
  • Relevance of Augustine’s Confessions for Today’s Young Adults
Recent Publications


“What Are They Saying About Augustine?” Mahweh, NJ: Paulist Press, June 2014.

“Saint Augustine of Hippo: Selections from Confessions and Other Essential Texts — Annotated and Explained,” Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2010.

“101 Questions and Answers on Prayer,” Mahweh, NJ: Paulist Press, September 2008. Translated and reprinted for distribution in Korea
by St. Paul Press, Seoul, Korea, 2013.

“101 Questions and Answers on the Four Last Things,” Mahweh, NJ: Paulist Press, January 2006. Reprinted in Mumbai for distribution in India by St. Paul Press, London, UK, August 2008.

“Faith in Exile: Finding Hope in Times of Doubt,” Mahweh, NJ: Paulist Press, June 2003.


“Anthropocene as Empire: An Augustinian Anthropology for ‘Keeping the Wild,’” in “Augustine and the Environment,” Kim Paffenroth and Stephen Scharper, Editors, Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2016.

“Augustinian Spirituality for the Intellectual Life,” in “As Leaven for the World: Catholic Reflections on Faith, Vocation and the Intellectual Life,” Thomas Landy, Editor, Franklin, WI: Sheed and Ward, 2001.


“Abridged Study Edition of ‘The City of God’ by Saint Augustine,” for The Augustine Series, New York: New City Press, 2018 (forthcoming).

Contributing editor for “The New Catholic Encyclopedia,” Second Edition, 2002. All Augustinian Entries, The Catholic University of America Press,
Washington, D.C.


“In Answer to the Jews,” Latin to English translation of St. Augustine’s
“Adversus Judaeos” for “The Complete Works of St. Augustine,” New York: New City Press, 2016.

Articles in Juried Journals and Encyclopedias

“With Prudence and Charity: Toward a Christian Interfaith Theology,” Journal of Academic Perspectives 2015, #1. Originally presented at the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, December 8, 2014, the Old Library of the University, Oxford.

Review of William Babcock’s translation of “The City of God” by Saint Augustine of Hippo, New York, New City Press, 2013-2014, in Horizons, The Journal of the College Theology Society 41:2, 2014, University of Cambridge and Villanova University.

“Prayer,” in ”The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization,” Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, November 2011, George Thomas Kurian, Editor.

Review of George E. Demacopoulos’ “Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church,” South Bend, University of Notre Dame Press, 2007, in Augustinian Studies 41:1, 2010.

“Dynamic Diversity in a Catholic, Augustinian College,” Journal of Catholic Higher Education Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.
Publication 26:3 Winter 2010.

Theology for Citizenship: How a Catholic College in the Augustinian Tradition Prepares Citizens to Transform Society,” Forum on Public Policy Online, Volume 2006, #1 Oxford, UK: Oxford Round Table, 2006.

“Donning Masks and Joining the Dance: Religious Ritual and Contemporary Psychoanalysis,” Worship 72:2 March 1998, St. John’s University Press, Collegeville.

“Five Group Dynamics for Team Ministry,” The Journal of Pastoral Care, 48:2 Summer 1994.

“Some Implications of Lonergan’s View of Conversion for Pastoral Counseling,” The Journal of Pastoral Care 40:4 Winter 1986.

“Votive Masses,” and “The Latin Mass,” New Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 17 1974.

Honors and Awards
  • Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa), Rivier University, 2006.