Roger Schroeder, SVD

Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture

Professor of Intercultural Studies and Ministry



MDiv, Catholic Theological Union;

LMiss, DMiss, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome


Roger has been committed for years to research, teaching, writing, mentoring, and practice in the area of mission and intercultural ministry from the perspectives of post-Vatican II developments, most recently under the inspiration of Pope Francis.  He is publishing a second edition of his book What is the Mission of the Church?  in 2018 as a resource for the U.S. Catholic Church. Since 2012, he has been collaborating with others in developing resources and long-term programs to foster true intercultural relationships, which are mutually enriching and challenging. He has worked with women’s and men’s religious congregations on both the international and North American levels. His experience with indigenous peoples includes six years of life and work in remote village areas of Papua New Guinea in the 1970s and 1980s as a missionary and practical anthropologist, and annual visits to the Lakota reservations in southwest South Dakota for most of the years since 1991. During his sabbatical of 2016-2017, Roger has developed his reflections in the area of indigenous peoples and Christianity through further experience, speaking engagements, and writing. He also continues to research, write and teach in the area of the polycentric History of the World Christian Movement.


Roger is an Associate Editor of the International Bulletin of Mission Research and on the editorial committee for the Scholarly Monograph Series of the American Society of Missiology. He has served as president of the Association of Professors of Mission, the American Society of Missiology, and the Midwest Fellowship of Professors of Mission. He is currently serving his fourth three-year term as the Coordinator of Anthropos Institute (international network of about forty SVD/SSpS specialists in the social and religious sciences) for his religious congregation of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).

Initiation and Religion: A Case Study from the Wosera of Papua New Guinea.  Studia Instituti Anthropos 46 (University Press, Fribourg Switzerland, 1992).


Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today  (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004). With Stephen Bevans. [Also published as an Asian edition, and translated into Indonesian, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Korean]


What is the Mission of the Church? A Guide for Catholics (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008).  [Second edition forthcoming in 2018]


Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011). With Stephen Bevans.  [Translated into Italian and Portuguese]


“La interculturalidad como paradigm de mission.” In Interculturalidad: en la vida y la mission, edited by Lazar T. Stanislaus and Martin Ueffing, 417-438 (Estella, Spain: Editorial Verbo Divino, 2017).


“Defining New Prospects: Mission Inter-Gentes, Prophetic Dialogue, and Evangelization Today.” In Evangelizing in Time: New Models of Mission in the Ethiopian Context. Proceedings of the Conference, 17-19 December 2015, 10-21. (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Comboni Missionaries, 2016).


Mysterium Salutis: The Countenance of Christ in Evangelization.” In The Journey of Mission Ad Gentes, 135-147 (Rome: Pontifical Urbaniana University, 2015).


“Interculturality as a Paradigm of Mission.” In Intercultural Mission, Vol. II, edited by Lazar Stanislaus and Martin Üffing, 155-170 (Dehli: ISPCK, and Sankt Augustin, Germany: Steyler Missions Wissenschaftliches Institut, 2015).


“Prophetic Dialogue and Interculturality.” In Mission on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Context and Prophetic Dialogue, edited by Cathy Ross and Stephen Bevans, 215-226 (London: SCM Press, 2015).


“Catholic Teachings on Mission after Vatican II: 1975-2007,” in Stephen Bevans, ed., A Century of Catholic Mission, Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series (Oxford, UK: Regnum Books International, 2013), 112-120.


“Proclamation and Interreligious Dialogue as Prophetic Dialogue,” Missiology: An International Review 41, 1 (January 2013) 50-61. <>