Wood, Susan K.

Prof. Susan Wood, SCL
College: Regis College
Degrees: PhD (Marquette)
Email: susank.wood@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-922-5474 ext 273
Teaching Category:
Regular Tenure Stream
Appointment Status:
Basic Degree


Susan K. Wood SCL, Professor of Systematic Theology, earned a MA in French at Middlebury College, a STL at Santa Clara University, and a PhD in theology at Marquette University, where her dissertation was on the Jesuit theologian Henri de Lubac. She taught at St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas, Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her administrative experience includes five years as Associate Dean at Saint John’s University, eight years as department chair at Marquette University, and three years as Dean of Regis College. President of the Catholic Theological Society of America 2014-2015, she received the John Courtney Murray Award from that society in 2021.

Prof. Wood’s ecumenical experience includes the U.S. Lutheran Roman Catholic Dialogue (1994-present), the North American Roman Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation (2005-2023), the International Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue (2008-2019), and the conversation between the Baptist World Alliance and the Roman Catholic Church (2006-2010, 2017-2021). She has also participated in consultations on baptism, theological anthropology, and the nature and purpose of ecumenical dialogue sponsored by Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches and the Joint Working Group. She serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ecclesiology. 

  • Specializations

    • Systematic theology
    • Ecclesiology
    • Ecumenism
    • Sacramental theology
    • Nouvelle théologie, exp. Henri de Lubac
  • Publications

    • A Shared Spiritual Journey: Lutherans and Catholics Travelling Toward Unity. Co-authored by Susan K. Wood and Timothy J. Wengert. New York: Paulist Press, 2016.
    • One Baptism: The Ecumenical Implications of the Doctrine of Baptism. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2009.
    • Sacramental Orders. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000.
    • Spiritual Exegesis and the Church in the Theology of Henri de Lubac. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1998; Wipf & Stock, 2010.
    • “Reception of the Decree on Ecumenism in the U.S. Context,” Vatican II: Legacy and Mandate, continental volume on North America, Australia, and the Pacific, edited by Massimo Faggioli, Catherine Clifford, Ormand Rush and Richard Lennan. Tubingen University Press. (Forthcoming)
    • Christifideles Within a Baptismal Ecclesiology: Reframing the Question of Participation in Leadership and Mission,” Studia Canonica 58 (2024): 79-101. Juried.
    • "'Ordered Ministries for a Missionary and Global Church: The Contribution of Richard R. Gaillardetz," Ecclesiology 19 (2023): 280-295. Juried.
    • “Francis’s Church Reform Focused on the Proclamation of Mercy: The Ignatian Influence,” Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits 55/3 (2023): 1-45.
    • “Eucharistic Sacrifice in Ecumenical Dialogue,” in ‘Ecclesia semper reformanda”. Renewal and Reform beyond Polemics, ed. by De Mey, P. and François, W. Series: Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium, 306. (Leuven: Peeters, 2020), 237-252. ISBN 978-90-429-4142-7. Juried.
    • “Pope Francis and the Ecclesiology of Henri de Lubac, in Discovering Pope Francis: The Roots of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s Thinking, edited by Brian Y. Lee and Rev. Thomas L. Knoebel (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2019), 130-149.
    • “The Shifting Ecumenical Landscape at the 2017 Centenary,” Theological Studies, September 2017. (Juried)
    • “Ecumenism,” in Cambridge Companion to Vatican II, ed. by Richard R. Gaillardetz,  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020), pp. 282-302.