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Rev. Robert P. Imbelli

theology department


Robert Imbelli

Associate Professor Emeritus

Stokes N336
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-8298
Fax: 617-552-0794

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M. Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
STL, Gregorian University, Rome
AB, Fordham University


Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, studied in Rome during the years of the Second Vatican Council and was ordained there in 1965. After parish ministry in New York, he obtained his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Yale University.

He has taught theology at the New York Archdiocesan Seminary and at the Maryknoll School of Theology; and has been visiting lecturer at Princeton Theological Seminary and Fordham University.

From 1986 to 1993 Father Imbelli was Director of the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College and is currently Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College.


Christology; Trinitarian theology; spirituality


Exploring Catholicism: Tradition and Transformation I & II
Encountering God in Classics of Spirituality
The Theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI
Twentieth Century Catholic Trinitarian Theology
Jesus Christ and Human Transformation
Theology and Spirituality in von Balthasar


Catholic Theological Society of America (Member of the Board: 1999-2001)
Roman Catholic Member: Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue U.S.A.
Catholic Common Ground Initiative (Steering Committee)


Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization (Liturgical Press, 2014).

“The Heart Has Its Reasons: Giving an Account of the Hope that Is in Us,” Origins, 43, 7 (June 20, 2013).

“Refashioning Catholic Imagination,” America, vol 203, no 7 (September 27, 2010).

“Newman e il Vaticano Secondo,” Osservatore Romano (September 16, 2010).

“L’immagine indica la via della realtà,” Osservatore Romano (April 21,2010).

“Courageous Witness,” Commonweal (March 12, 2010).

“Paolo VI e Benedetto XVI: la matrice della dottrina sociale,” Osservatore Romano (November 8, 2009).

“Incarnation and the Eucharist,” Commonweal (April 10, 2009).

“Dare a Cesare quell che è suo: Tra religione e politica,” Osservatore Romano (August 11, 2008).

“Avery Dulles: Vir Ecclesiasticus,” foreword to Avery Cardinal Dulles, The McGinley Lectures (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008).

“The Faith We Are Called to Keep … and to Spread,” in Voices of the Faithful, edited by William D’Antonio and Anthony Pogorelc (New York: Crossroad, 2007).

“Word Incarnate,” America, vol 197, no 7 (September 17, 2007).


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