Thomsa Massaro, S.J.

"The Eucharist and Social Justice: The Legacy of the Second Vatican Council"

Thomas Massaro, S.J., is the new Dean of Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. A native New Yorker and a graduate of Regis High School in Manhattan, he joined the New England Province of the Society of Jesus immediately upon graduation from Amherst College in Massachusetts. After the usual Jesuit formation, which included two years of philosophy studies at Fordham University, he taught as Professor of Moral Theology for fifteen years at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and its predecessor, Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge.

Father Massaro holds a doctorate in Christian social ethics from Emory University. In addition to his regular column in America magazine, he has published dozens of articles and book reviews in scholarly journals as well as more popular venues. Among the seven books he has produced are two volumes offering an ethical evaluation of American social welfare policies, as well as three editions of the popular classroom text Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action (originally published by Sheed and Ward in 2000, then revised and expanded for Rowman and Littlefield in 2008 and 2012). With Thomas A. Shannon, he co-authored Catholic Perspectives on Peace and War (2003) and co-edited American Catholic Social Teaching (2002). He writes and lectures frequently on topics concerning social justice and public policy, both in scholarly forums and for general audiences. Among the recent topics of his public addresses are the ethics of globalization, peacemaking, environmental concern, and developing a spirituality of justice in Ignatian rhythms.

Father Massaro?s teaching and research interests include Catholic social ethics, theories of economic justice, sociology of religion and the history of Christian political thought. Besides teaching courses on many aspects of Catholic social teaching and the role of religion in public life, he seeks to maintain a commitment to hands-on social activism. He recently served a six-year term on the Peace Commission of the City of Cambridge and is a founding member of the steering committee of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice. He comes to the Bay Area with great enthusiasm for furthering the mission of Santa Clara?s Jesuit School of Theology: to serve the church by offering excellent theological education for future ministers.