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School of Theology and Ministry

Colleen M. Griffith

professor of the practice of theology

Colleen M. Griffith

Contact Information | (617) 552-8444
Simboli Hall 216


B.A., M.Ed., Th.D. (Harvard)

Areas of Interest

Historical spirituality, contemporary spirituality, theological anthropology with a special focus on a theology and spirituality of the body, method in spirituality, constructive theology, feminist theology.


Colleen M. Griffith, Professor of the Practice of Theology and Director of Spirituality Studies, holds her Doctorate in Theology from Harvard University Divinity School. She works at the intersection of theology and spirituality and her publications, public lectures and addresses reflect this intersection. In addition to her full time teaching, Colleen directs and teaches within the Post-Masters Certificate Program in the Practice of Spirituality.


Fall 2017
Historical Spiritual Classics in Theological Perspective (TMST 8043)
Theological Foundations in Practical Perspective (TMST 7057)

Spring 2018
Spirituality and Justice: Twentieth Century Writings (TMST 702501)
Theological Anthropology and the Body (TMST 8041)

Other Courses

Elizabeth Johnson Seminar

Recent Publications

"Practice as Embodied Knowing:  Epistemological and Theological Considerations," Invitation to Practical Theology, ed. Claire Wolfteich.  Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2014.

"Underhill's Practical Mysticicm: One Hundred Years Later," New Theology Review, vol. 27, no. 1 (2014).

"Elizabeth Ann Seton: An Example of Holy Dexterity," All Holy Men and Women, ed. Thomas A. Kane.  Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2014.

"Spirituality and the Body,"  Reading in Moral Theology No. 17,:  Ethics and Spirituality, eds. Charles Curran and Lisa Fullam.  Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2014.

"Christian Hope: A Grace and a Choice," Hope: Promise, Possibility and Fufillment,  eds. Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid.  Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2013.

Catholic Spirituality in Practice: A Treasury Old and New, eds. Colleen M. Griffith and Thomas Groome.  Brewster" Paraclete Press, 2012, 2014.

"Dialogue:  The Pearl of Price,"  Women, Wisdom and Witness: Engaging Contexts in Conversation, eds. Rosemary Carbine and Kathleen Dolphin.  Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012.

Prophetic Witness: Catholic Women's Strategies for Reform, ed. Colleen M. Griffith, New York: Crossroads Publishers, 2009.  Awarded first place in the gender category by the Catholic Press Association, 2010.