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School of Theology and Ministry

Thomas H. Groome

professor of theology and religious education

Thomas H. Groome

Contact Information | (617) 552-8449
Church in the 21st Century Center
Heffernan House
110 College Road
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


M.Div. (equiv.), M.A., Ed.D. (Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University Teachers College)

Areas of Interest

His primary areas of interest and research are the history, theory and practice of religious education, pastoral ministry and practical theology.


Dr. Thomas H. Groome was born in County Kildare, Ireland. Professor Groome holds the equivalent of an M.Div. from St. Patrick's Seminary in Carlow, Ireland, an MA from Fordham University and a doctoral degree in religious education from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University.  He is also the director of the Summer Institute at the School of Theology and Ministry.

Professor Groome's publications include his most recent book Catholic Spiritual Practices: Treasures Old and New (Paraclete), Will There Be Faith: A New vision for Education and Growing Disciples (HarperCollins), Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New (Orbis Books), What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life (HarperCollins), Educating for Life, A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent (Crossroads), Christian Religious Education: Sharing Our Story and Vision (Jossey Bass), Language for a "Catholic" Church (Sheed and Ward) and Sharing Faith: A Comprehensive Approach to Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry (Wipf and Stock). Professor Groome is also the primary author of various religion textbook series from W.H. Sadlier, most recently the Coming to Faith series.


Fall 2017
Education in Faith: Foundations and Practice (TMPS 7060)

Recent Publications

Catholic Spiritual Practices: Treasures Old and New, Editor with Dr. Colleen Griffith, (Paraclete: Brewster, MA) 2012

Will There Be Faith: A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples, (HarperCollins: San Francisco) 2011

Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New. Editor with Michael Daley, (Orbis Books: Maryknoll) 2010

Horizons and Hopes: The Future of Religious Education, Editor with Harold Daly Horell, New York: Paulist Press, 2003

What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life - HarperCollins (2002)
Lays out the foundational convictions that ground Catholic identity in Christian faith.

Educating for Life - Crossroads (2000)
A comprehensive philosophy but more a spirituality that can inspire every instance of Catholic education, in home, parish program, and school.

Sharing Faith - Wipf and Stock (1990) A comprehensive approach to religious education and pastoral ministry; offers the definitive statement on a shared praxis approach.

Christian Religious Education - Jossey Bass (first published 1980)
Hailed as a classic and foundational text in religious education; introduces the shared praxis approach.