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Richard Gaillardetz

theology department

Richard Gaillardetz

The Joseph Professor of
Catholic Systematic Theology

Department Chairperson

Stokes N329
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3873

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B.A., University of Texas, Austin
M.A., St. Mary’s University, San Antonio
M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame


From 1991 to 2001 Gaillardetz was an associate professor of systematic theology at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Theology (at St. Mary’s Seminary), Houston. From 2001 to 2011 he was the Thomas and Margert Murray and James J. Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo.


His research interests include topics in ecclesiology, Vatican II, ecumenism, authority and ministry.


  • Authority in the Church
  • Ecclesiology
  • Marriage and Family
  • Theology of Ministry
  • Theology of Yves Congar
  • Vatican II


In 2000 he received the Sophia Award from the faculty of the Washington Theological Union in recognition of “theological excellence in service to ministry,” and he has received numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association for his occasional pieces. Dr. Gaillardetz was a delegate on the U.S. Catholic—Methodist Ecumenical Dialogue from 2001 to 2005. He is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.



An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis and the Renewal of Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2015).

A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium (co-editor with Edward P. Hahnenberg, Liturgical Press, 2015).

Go Into the Streets! The Welcoming Church of Pope Francis (co-editor with Thomas Rausch, Paulist Press, 2015).

Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II, with Catherine Clifford (Liturgical Press, 2012).

When the Magisterium Intervenes...The Magisterium and Theologians in Today's Church (Editor, Liturgical Press, 2012).

Ecclesiology for a Global Church (Orbis, 2008).

Articles and Chapters

“The Christian Household as School of Discipleship:  Reflections on the Ecclesial Contributions of the Christian Household to the Larger Church.”  Chapter in The Household of God and Local Households. Revisiting the Domestic Church (2013).

“The Groupe des Dombes Document, “One Teacher”:  Toward a Post-conciliar Catholic Reception.”  Theological Studies 74 (March 2013):  20-47.

“Prudential Judgment and Catholic Teaching.” Chapter in Voting and Holiness: A Catholic's Guide to the Political Process, edited by Nicholas Cafardi (Paulist Press, 2012).

"Dialogue and deliberation during Vatican II." America Magazine, Vol. 206 No.4 (Feb. 2012), Online Available:

“The Theological Reception of ‘Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord’.” Chapter in Lay Ecclesial Ministry: Pathways toward the Future. Edited by Zeni Fox. Pp. 17-30. Lanham: Rowan and Littlefield, 2010.

“Sexual Vulnerability and a Spirituality of Suffering: Explorations in the Writing of Etty Hillesum.” Pacifica 22 (February, 2009): 75-89.

“The Office of the Bishop within the Communio Ecclesiarum: Insights from the Ecclesiology of Jean-Marie Tillard.” Science et Esprit. 61 (Mai-Dec., 2009): 175-94.


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