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Joseph Nguyen, S.J.

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 134


Joseph Nguyen, S.J. is an assistant professor of systematic theology and Christian spirituality. He is a Jesuit priest of the U.S. West Province of the Society of Jesus. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of San Francisco in 2020, he taught courses in Catholic Christian foundations, Christian spirituality, and Ignatian spirituality at Gonzaga University. His research focuses on Christian spirituality with an emphasis on Ignatian spirituality.

Professor Nguyen received a doctorate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in 2015; his dissertation focused on the theology of divine union in Maximus the Confessor and Ignatius of Loyola.

In his book, Apatheia in the Christian Tradition: An Ancient Spirituality and Its Contemporary Relevance (Cascade Books, 2018), he explores the ancient concept of apatheia by tracing its roots in the Stoics and the desert monks.


  • Ignatian spirituality

Research Areas

  • Christian spirituality
  • Ignatian spirituality
  • Buddhist-Christian dialogue


  • Associate Director of Catholic Studies Program
  • Faculty Advisor, Alpha Sigma Nu


  • Santa Clara University, S.T.D.
  • Boston College, S.T.L.
  • Boston College, MDiv.
  • Saint Louis University, MA in Philosophy
  • Saint Louis University, BA in Philosophy

Prior Experience

  • Lecturer of Religious Studies, Gonzaga University
  • Instructor of Philosophy, Gonzaga University
  • Teacher of Religion, Seattle Preparatory School


  • Christian Contemplation: Theological Foundations and Contemporary Practice. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2020.

  • Apatheia in the Christian Tradition: An Ancient Spirituality and Its Contemporary Relevance. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2018.


  • “Consolation without Previous Cause in Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises and Zen Satori,” Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies, Vol. 43 (2023): 51-70.
  • “Karl Rahner and His Theology,” Hop Tuyen Than Hoc [Theological Digest: A Journal of the Jesuits in Vietnam] 33, no. 54 (2023): 17-44.