Santa Clara University

Graduate Progam in Pastoral Ministries

William Ditewig, Ph.D.

Dean's Executive Professor

Dr. Ditewig is on the governing Board of the International Diaconate Center in Germany.  He has a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Education, an MA in Pastoral Theology, and the Ph.D. from the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, with a major emphasis in ecclesiology. Specific research interests include the history and theology of the Second Vatican Council, sacramental theologies of ministry, and liturgical catechesis.

Dr. Ditewig has authored numerous books, chapters and articles.  His most recent book (with Gary Macy and Phyllis Zagano) is Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future (Paulist Press, 2011); The Deacon at Mass: A Theological and Pastoral Guide (Paulist Press, 2007, second edition, 2013); Forming Deacons: Ministers of Soul and Leaven (Paulist Press, 2010). Other books (all from Paulist Press except as noted otherwise) include The Emerging Diaconate: Servant Leaders in a Servant Church (2007); The Deacon at Mass: A Theological and Pastoral Guide (2007); [With Alfred Hughes and and Frederick Campbell] Today’s Deacon: Contemporary Issues and Cross-Currents (2006); [With Owen Cummings and Richard Gaillardetz] Theology of the Diaconate: State of the Question (2005); 101 Questions and Answers on Deacons (2004); Lay Leaders: Resources for the Changing Parish (Ave Maria Press, 1990) and [with William R. Brinkmann] Leading Our Children to God (Ave Maria Press, 1984).   He contributed two chapters to The Deacon Reader (James Keating, ed., Paulist Press, 2006).   Forthcoming books include: The Deacon in Canon Law: A Proposal for New Legislation and Vatican II and Its Trajectories of Renewal: From World War to the Third Millennium.   Dr. Ditewig is the general editor of the first complete English-language edition of the 1962 German classic Diakonia in Christo  by Karl Rahner and Herbert Vorgrimler. 

His articles on the diaconate have appeared in America, the New Catholic Encyclopedia, The Jurist, Canon Law Society of America Advisory Opinions, The Priest, Deacon Digest, Liturgical Ministry, Seminary Journal, Preach, and Church. Ditewig assisted in the preparation of the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States.

Bill and his wife Diann, who is a professional artist, have been married for forty-two years and they have four grown children and eleven grandchildren.


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