Catholic Studies & Social Thought — Theology and Religious Studies
Vincent  Pizzuto

Vincent Pizzuto

Associate Professor

Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of New Testament in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. (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.


Ph.D. (STD), 2003, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Administrative Appointments

Director, Catholic Studies and Social Thought Minor
Coordinator, Ignatian Faculty Forum

Research Areas

Historical-Critical Exegesis
New Testament Spirituality
Christian Mysticism & Contemplative Practice
LGBT Hermeneutics & Theology
Cosmic Christology
Sustainable Theology

Courses Offered
  • Portraits of Christ: An Introduction to the Four Gospels
  • Mary of Nazareth: Enigmatic Mother of God
  • St. Paul the Theologian: His Life, Person, and Writings
  • Contemplative Christian Practice (I-IV)
  • Mystery of God: Chrisitan Mysticism
  • Theology & Religious Studies Senior Capstone Seminar

Contemplating Christ: Contemplative Ruminations on the Five Gospels. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, forthcoming 2016.

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 and Distinctions
University of San Francisco, Ignatian Service Award, 2014