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About Professor Groome

Thomas Groome is Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College and long-serving Chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry in BC’s School of Theology and Ministry.

In addition to being a senior Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, he is Director of BC’s Center for the Church in the 21st Century whose purpose is to be a “catalyst and resource for the reform of the Catholic Church.”

A native of Co. Kildare, Ireland, Tom is widely recognized as one of the leading religious educators in the world. His books have been translated into many languages.

They include:
  • Catholic Spiritual Practices: Treasures Old and New, Ed. with Colleen Griffith, (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Pub. 2013)
  • Will There Be Faith, Harper One; San Francisco, 2011
  • Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New. Editor with Michael Daley, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010
  • What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life. Harper: San Francisco, 2002
  • Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent. New York: Crossroads, 2000
  • Sharing Faith: A Comprehensive Approach to Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991.
  • Christian Religious Education: Sharing our Story and Vision. San Fran: Harper, 1980.
In curriculum writing, Tom is the author and general editor of The Credo High School Theology Curriculum, an eleven book set of texts for adolescent religious education.

He has received many rewards and honors for his work in religious education.

About the Abdella Center for Ethics

Saint John’s established the Abdella Center for Ethics in 2003 in memory and honor of George F. Abdella with his son, the Hon. Charles A. Abdella ’60. The annual lecture series complements the “whole person” education in Saint John’s academics and extra-curricular activities by exploring the role that ethical questions play in all aspects of modern life.
 
Saint John’s has made a continuous effort to provide diverse and noteworthy lectures and programs for its students through the Abdella Center for Ethics Lecture Series. Past speakers include former Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Dr. Paul Farmer, Harvard Professor Michael Sandel, and Mark Kennedy Shriver. See photos of recent Abdella speakers.

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