Robert J. Schreiter, C.PP.S.

Professor of Systematic Theology, Vatican Council II Professor of Theology



BA, Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.)

Theol.dr., University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands)


Robert Schreiter is a priest and member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He has been at CTU since 1974. A systematic theologian, he is interested in the relation between faith and culture, the mission of the Church, and factors shaping World Christianity today. He has also held guest professorships in Germany and in The Netherlands. In addition, he has been working in the area of reconciliation for twenty-five years, accompanying Church leaders in the difficult process of reconstructing societies and healing divisions after long periods of conflict. He has worked in this regard on all six continents and in areas of the South Pacific.

He has lectured in fifty-five countries around the world.


He is the author or editor of twenty-seven books, with contributing chapters in 140 other volumes. He is past president of the American Society of Missiology and of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He has served in editorial capacities with  Missiology: An International Journal, Mission Studies, Concilium, The International Journal of Practical Theology, Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology, Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, New Theology Review, and Theological Studies. His publications have appeared in twenty-two languages.

The Schillebeeckx Reader (1984)


Constructing Local Theologies (1985; Thirtieth Anniversary Edition 2015)


The New Catholicity: Theology between the Global and the Local (1997)


Reconciliation: Mission and Ministry in a Changing Social Order (1992)


The Ministry of Reconciliation: Spirituality and Strategies (1998)


(ed.) Mission in the Third Millennium (2001)


(ed. with Knud Jorgensen)  Mission as Ministry of Reconciliation (2013)


(ed.) Plural Spiritualities: North American Experiences (2015)

“Catholicity between Empire and Solidarity” (2012 Dudleian Lecture, Harvard University)



“A Roadmap to Reconciliation” (2012 Cuba Study Group Reconciliation Conference)