Stephen Bevans, SVD

Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture, Emeritus



STL Pontifical Gregorian University

MA, PhD University of Notre Dame


Steve continues his work in the area of the Theology of Christian Mission and has recently completed an article in the missionary nature of the ecclesial mark of “catholicity” as part of an extended systematic reflection on a missionary ecclesiology. His current work includes research into Pope Francis’s thinking on inculturation and on his signature phrase “the culture of encounter.”


Steve is a commissioner on the World Council of Churches’ Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, a member of the Society of the Divine Word’s Arnold Janssen Spirituality Team, and a member of his SVD Chicago Province’s Provincial Council. He serves also as the faculty advisor for CTU’s program of “Catholics on Call.” He is an editor of the Brill series “Theology of Mission in Global Christianity” and on the editorial board of the International Review of Mission.


Essays in Contextual Theology (2018)


Mission on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Context, and Prophetic Dialogue (with Cathy Ross, 2015)


A Century of Catholic Mission (Edited, 2013)


Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today (with Roger P. Schroeder, 2011)


An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective (2009)


Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today (with Roger P. Schroeder, 2004).


Models of Contextual Theology (2002)


John Oman and His Doctrine of God (1992)


Missio Dei and Missio Ecclesiae: Trinitarian Mission, Theosis, and the Missionary Nature of the Church,” in ed. Jacob Kavunkal, SVD and Christian Tauchner, SVD, Mission beyond Ad Gentes (Siegburg, Germany: Fraz Schmitt Verlag, 2016), 17-30.


Ad gentes divinitus: Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity, December 7, 1965,” in A Liturgical Companion to the Documents of the Second Vatican Council (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2016), 83-87.


With Ricky Manalo, “Contextual Preaching,” in ed. Edward Foley, A Handbook for Catholic Preaching (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2016), 233-43.


With Daesung Lee, “Culture,” in ed. Kenneth R. Ross, Jooseop Keum, Kyriaki Avtzi and Roderick R. Hewitt, Ecumenical Missiology: Changing Landscapes and new Concepts of Mission (Oxford: Regnum Books, 2016), 201-17.


“The Holy Spirit and Christian Mission Today,” in ed. Stanley M. Burgess and Paul W. Lewis, A Light to the Nation: Explorations in Ecumenism, Missions, and Pentecostalism (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Books, 2017), 155-69.


“Transforming Discipleship: Missiological Reflections,” International Review of Mission, 105.1 (402) (July, 2016): 75-85.


The Church: Toward a Common Vision: A Missiological Reading,” One in Christ, 50, 2 (2016): 250-56.


“Tribute to Bill Burrows,” Missiology: An International Review, 45, 1 (January, 2017): 116-18.


“Élet, öröm és szeretet: missziói documentumok párbszéde,”Lelkipásztor 92 (2017/2): 60-64.


“Influences protestantes sur la conception catholique de la mission,” Spiritus 227 (Juin, 2017): 171-84.


Review of Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective by John G. Flett, International Bulletin of Mission Research, 41, 2 (April, 2017):102-6.


Review of The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke: A Narrative Theology of Church, Sacrament, and Ministry, by Bernard Cooke and Bruce T. Morrill, Foreword by Elizabeth A. Johnson, Theological Studies 78, 2 (June, 2017): 493-94.