Peter Nguyen, S.J.


Fr. Peter Nguyen’s research focuses on the theological account of the spirituality of Christian martyrdom. In particular, Fr. Nguyen is interested in the Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion that shaped the interior freedom of the martyrdom of Alfred Delp, SJ. He aims to demonstrate how the contemplative imagination of self-sacrificing love in popular devotions inspires the Christian community in the midst of the mystery of sin. His other research interests involve developing a theology of the saints relying on the writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Bernard Lonergan.

Fr. Nguyen holds a B.A. in Religion and the Humanities from the University of Chicago, a Masters of Divinity and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.


"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