James F. Puglisi, S.A., Ph.D.

James F. Puglisi, S.A., Ph.D., is Fellow and Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman Professor of Catholic Theology. He is Director of the Centro Pro Unione in Rome. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and a M.A./S.T.L. in Liturgical Theology from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., a Ph.D. in the History of Religion and Religious Anthropology from the Universite de Paris IV Sorbonne, an S.T.D. in Systematic Theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris, and a Certificate of Ecumenical Studies from Boston University. He currently teaches on the ecumenical faculty of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) and holds the chair of Ecumenical Theology at the Pontifical University "Antonianum" (Rome), and also teaches on the ecumenical faculty of the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm. He is a member of the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission for Rome and is a former member of the Lutheran/Roman Catholic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. He has served as a consultant for the first bilateral forum of the World Council of Churches and currently is a member of the Vatican delegation for formulation of the yearly texts for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and Ecumenical Consultant for the Rome Diocesan Commission for the Catechumenate. In addition to his books, A Bibliography of Inter-Church and Inter-Confessional Theological Dialogue and Process of Admission to Ordained Ministry (four volumes), he has published articles in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, La Maison Dieu, Ecumenical Trends, Studi Ecumenici, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Eccesiology, and book reviews in Religious Studies Review, Worship, La Maison Dieu, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Fr. Puglisi co-wrote the preface to the 2006 book, Rites of Ordination and Commitment in the Churches of the Nordic Countries (Museum Tusculanum Press). In 2004, Father Puglisi was elected Minister General of his order, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.

Religious Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic (Priest, Redemptorist)


  • Latin
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