Peter Nguyen, S.J.


Father Peter Nguyen, S.J., holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Toronto, where he trained in the areas of systematic theology and spirituality. He holds an M.Div. and S.T.L. from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and an M.A. in Social Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago.  He earned his B.A. in Religion and the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

Fr. Nguyen’s research interests include developing the theology of the spirituality of Christian martyrdom, the interaction of trinitarian and Christological teachings, and the history and philosophy of totalitarianism. His other research interest involves developing a theology of the saints relying on the writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Bernard Lonergan.

Fr. Nguyen is the author of Against the Titans: Theology and the Martyrdom of Alfred Delp, published by Lexington Books/Fortress Academic. Fr. Alfred Delp, a German Jesuit, was martyred by the Nazis at the end of World War II. Currently, Fr. Nguyen is working on an anthology of Delp’s writings, homilies, and retreat talks with a critical commentary. He enjoys being a teacher in the classroom because it offers him a chance to exercise a dimension of his Jesuit priesthood—the ministry of the Word. In addition to his scholarly interests and passion for teaching, Fr. Nguyen is a member of the seminar of Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits, gives retreats, and practices the martial arts of jiujitsu.



Against the Titans: Theology and Martyrdom of Alfred Delp (Lexington Books - Fortress Academic, 2020).

"Ecumenism in Blood: The Martyrdom of Alfred Delp and Helmuth James Von Moltke," published in the Canadian Theological Review (v. 3, no. 1: 14-25).

“Recovering the Contemplative Imagination: Memory and Empathy.” Human Flourishing in the Age of Social Media, forthcoming 2016


 “The Heart of Jesus: Conversion, Conversation, and Confession,” Faber Symposium, June 2016

Cor Jesu and Pope Francis’s Vision of a Merciful Church,” Canadian Theological Society, May 2016

The Prayer of a Martyr: Cor Jesu and the Spirit in Alfred Delp,” Canadian Theological Society, June 2015