Professor of Moral Theology
Mary Jo Iozzio, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in Systematic Theology with a focus on Moral Theology from Fordham University (1994); and, in an earlier program of graduate studies at Fordham, she earned the MA in the History of Religions (1984). In between these studies she earned an MA in Biblical Studies from Providence College (1987). Before coming to the STM, she was Professor of Moral Theology at Barry University, Miami Shores, FL (1993-2013), and adjunct instructor at Fordham University, Providence College, and the University of Rhode Island. She has been formed by both religious and secular education systems: the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, NY, who ran St. Mary School, and John F. Kennedy P.H.S. in Paterson, NJ, and the Pennsylvania State University (BA Ancient History, 1977). Her personal and professional life have been marked —happily she adds—by the Jesuits, Dominicans, and Benedictines (whose monks welcomed her into their daily life at the Abbaye du Mont Cesar/Abdij Keizersberg, Leuven, Belgium while she conducted research for her dissertation and subsequent research on the work of one of their members, Odon Lottin, OSB).
She is the Series Editor of Content and Context in Theological Ethics, published by Palgrave Macmillan; past Coordinator of and Contributor to the North American Forum of The First (newsletter of the Catholic Theological Ethicists in the World Church); past Co-Editor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics; guest editor of the Journal of Disability & Religion (2008); and guest editor of the Journal of Moral Theology (2017).
Her service to the Profession includes: Task Force on Disability (2001-2006), inaugural member of the Committee on the Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession (2013-2016), and co-chair of the Religion and Disability Studies Unit (2013-2019) of the American Academy of Religion; a public member on the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Board of Directors (2014-2020); Bon Secours Health System Inc, Ethics Advisory Group (2009-2019); Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America; past Co-Editor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (2006-2013), member of the Board of Directors (2003-2007), appointed member of the Professional Conduct Committee (2013-2016) of the Society of Christian Ethics.
Radical Dependence: A Theo-Anthropological Ethics in the Key of Disability (Baylor University Press, 2023)
Disability Ethics/Preferential Justice: A Catholic Perspective. eBook with Georgetown University Press, forthcoming 2021.
Self-Determination and the Moral Act: A Study of the Contributions of Odon Lottin, O.S.B. Leuven, BE: Peeters Press, 1995.
Sex and Gender: Christian Ethical Reflections; Co-Editor with Patricia Beattie Jung. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017.
Calling for Justice throughout the World: Catholic Women Theologians on the HIV/AIDS Pandemic; editor, with assistance from Mary M. Doyle Roche and Elsie Maria Miranda; Contributor, and translation of one article from French. New York, NY: The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc., 2009.
Brothers & Sisters All: the Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Initiative, Workshop Teacher’s Manual; Principal Author and Editor. Erie, PA: Pax Christi USA, 2008.
Called to Something New: A Peoples’ Peace Initiative ... A Catholic Collaboration to Articulate the Challenges of Peacemaking in the 21st Century; Principal Author and Editor. Erie, PA: Pax Christi USA, 2006.
Considering Religious Traditions in Bioethics: Christian and Jewish Voices.; Editor and Contributor. Scranton, PA: University of Scranton Press, 2001.
Engaging Disability, a thematic issue addressing Catholic concerns at the intersections of theological ethics and disability studies); Guest Editor and Contributor with Miguel J. Romero. Journal of Moral Theology 6. SI 2 (2017).
Content and Context in Theological Ethics, series of monographs and collections of essays with Palgrave MacMillan Publishers, New York, NY (March 2010-present); Series Editor.
The Other Casualties of War: Disabilities, a thematic issue of the Journal of Religion, Disability & Health 12.3 (2008) addressing rehabilitation concerns of soldiers wounded and disabled in war games past and present; Guest Editor and Contributor.
“Building Coalitions with NGOs: Religion Scholars and Disability Justice Activism,” Religions 9.1 (2018): 1-18; doi:10.3390/rel9010028.
“Radical Dependence and the Imago Dei: Bioethical Implications of Access to Healthcare for People with Disabilities.” Christian Bioethics 23.3 (2017): 234-260.
“Engaging Disability,” with Miguel J. Romero. Journal of Moral Theology 6. SI 2 (2017): 1-9.
“God Bends Over Backwards to Accommodate Humankind … While the US Civil Rights Acts and the Americans with Disabilities Act Require [Only] the Minimum.” Journal of Moral Theology 6. SI 2 (2017): 10-31.
“Norms Matter: A Hermeneutic of Disabilities/A Theological Anthropology of Radical Dependence.” E.T. Studies 4.1 (2013): 89-106.
“Autonomy and Independent Living Movements for People with Disabilities.” E.T. Studies 4.1 (2013): 147-155.
“Liturgical Anthropology of a Soulful Sister: Thea Bowman, FSPA,” Journal of Religion, Disability & Health 17.3 (2013): 317-326.
“Lost in Space: Mental Health and Self Care,” The FIRST, newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, September 1, 2021, https://catholicethics.com/forum/lost-in-space/.
“If You Sow Lies, You will Reap Violence: America’s Original Sin is Anti-Black Racism,” The FIRST, newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, September 1, 2020, https://catholicethics.com/forum/americas-original-sin/.
“Concerns for People with Disability During COVID-19,” Berkley Forum, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University, April 15, 2020, https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/responses/concerns-for-people-with-disability-during-covid-19.
“Advent Anticipation in a Time of Endless War,” The First, newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, December 1, 2019, https://catholicethics.com/forum/advent-anticipation-in-a-time-of-endless-war/.
“Amidst the Tragedies and Violence that Mark Human History, Peace to All,” The FIRST, newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, January 1, 2019, http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/amidst-the-tragedies-and-violence-that-mark-human-history-peace-to-all.