Vincent Pizzuto


Program Director • Full-Time Faculty • Instructor

(415) 422-5299 Kalmanovitz Hall 133


Vincent Pizzuto, PhD, is a Professor of New Testament in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He received his PhD (STD) in New Testament Exegesis from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium (2003). Pizzuto explores the relationship between New Testament exegesis and Christian theology as they impact some of the most pressing and controversial issues in our Church and society today.

Pizzuto has published and presented internationally in the areas of New Testament christology, same-gender marriage, climate change, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative Christian spirituality.

In addition to his teaching, Professor Pizzuto ministers as a priest in The Episcopal Church, the Diocese of California, where he and the community he founded (New Skellig) were received in December 2014. Pizzuto offers workshops, retreats and lectures on Christian contemplative practice, biblical spirituality, cosmic christology, gay/lesbian spirituality and Celtic Christianity.

Director, Catholic Studies and Social Thought Minor
Coordinator, Ignatian Faculty Forum
PhD (STD), 2003, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Historical-Critical Exegesis
New Testament Spirituality
Christian Mysticism and Contemplative Practice
LGBT Hermeneutics and Theology
Cosmic Christology
Sustainable Theology

Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018.

A Cosmic Leap of Faith: An Authorial, Structural, and Theological Investigation of the Cosmic Christology in Col 1:15-20, Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology 41. Leuven: Peeters, 2006.

"The Deus Absconditus of Scripture: An Apophatic Hermeneutic for Christian Contemplatives" Biblical Theology Bulletin 44:2 (Spring 2014), 100–108.

"The Structural Elegance of Matthew 1-2: A Chiastic Proposal" Catholic Biblical Quarterly (October 2012), 712–737. 

"Colossae," in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, Walter de Gruyter Publishing House, 2012.

"Epistle to the Colossians," in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, Walter de Gruyter Publishing House, 2012. 

"Ecological Hermeneutic of Col 1:15-20: A Panentheistic Proposal," in Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives, Jame Shaefer, ed., Maquette: University Press, 2011.

"Christianity and Homosexuality" in Encyclopedia of Gender and Society, SAGE Publications, 2009.

"God Has Made it Plain To Them: An Indictment of Rome's Hermeneutic of Homophobia," Biblical Theology Bulletin 38:4 (Winter 2008), 163–83.

"Religious Terror and the Prophetic Voice of Reason: Unmasking our Myths of Righteousness, Biblical Theology Bulletin 37:2 (Summer 2007), 47–53.

Awards & Distinctions

University of San Francisco, Ignatian Service Award, 2014