Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley
Thomas Cattoi, Ph.D.

Thomas Cattoi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Christology and Cultures

Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue

B.A., M.A. Oxford University;
MSc. London School of Economics;
M.Phil. University College London;
S.T.L. Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University;
Ph.D. Boston College

Phone: (510) 549-5005
Office Hours: By appointment, Room 103

About the Professor

"For we were predestined before the ages to be in Christ as members of his body. He adapted us to himself and knitted us together in the Spirit as a soul to a body (...) For this we were created; this was God's good purpose for us before the ages."
Maximos the Confessor, Amb. 7

Thomas Cattoi joined the Jesuit School faculty in August 2006 after completing his doctorate at Boston College. His research interests include Christology and Patristics, Mahayana Buddhism (with particular attention to the Tibetan tradition), and the theology of inter-religious dialogue. His current goal as a constructive theologian is to explore the interface between early Christian thought and comparative theology.

As Associate Professor of Christology and Cultures, Dr. Cattoi teaches courses such as Christology: Ancient and Modern, Christ Krishna Buddha, Tibetan Christian dialogue, and Interreligious dialogue. He has offered courses in Patristic Theology and Patristic Spirituality, as well as doctoral seminars for the Systematic and Spirituality areas of the GTU doctoral program.

Professor Cattoi has taught short courses at different Chinese universities under the umbrella of the Malatesta Program, which encourages academic exchanges between Chinese universities and Jesuit institutions of higher education in California. He has also led a number of theological immersions to Nepal and to India. In spring 2013, he taught a course in Patristic Spirituality at the Catholic University of Ukraine.

"I encourage students to observe, attend, survey, measure and revel in the near-dizzying array of religious and cultural diversity and innovation surrounding us... usually in the form of what is most unfamiliar to us."

Dr. Cattoi served as Co-Chair of the Mysticism Group for the American Academy of Religion in 2009-2014 and is one of the founding members of the Buddhist-Christian dialogue interest group for the Catholic Theological Society of America. He is currently the Convenor for the Systematic Area of the GTU doctoral program. He will serve as co-editor for a new book series for Palgrave Macmillan on Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Mysticism.

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