Richard Woods, OP

Theology & Pastoral Ministry
Office & Location:
Fine Arts 300
Office Phone:
(708) 524-6651

Job Title

Professor - Theology & Pastoral Ministry


Richard Woods, OP, was Dominican University’s Lund-Gill Chair for 2009-2010, the first time this prestigious honor was accorded a faculty member and not an outside scholar. Born and reared in New Mexico, he pursued undergraduate studies in Washington, D.C., New Mexico and Iowa before becoming a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), a 13th-century Roman Catholic community of priests, brothers, sisters and lay men and women. He holds a PhD in the philosophy of religion (Loyola University Chicago, 1978), MAs in systematic theology and scholastic philosophy, and the STM (Master of Sacred Theology) from the Dominican Order.  From 1971 to 1997, he taught on the graduate faculty at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, taught undergraduate theology and philosophy, and was an adjunct associate professor in the department of psychiatry at Loyola University Medical School since 1981. From 1991-99, he was also lecturer and tutor at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University and acquired the Aquinas lectureship at Emory University in 1999. In addition to work in medieval and contemporary spirituality, he continues research in contemporary religious experience.  He has written 11 non-fiction books, edited three anthologies in religious studies, published one novel, Epiphanius Tighe and the Dragon of East South Water Street, co-authored another (A Diversity of Dragons) with Anne McCaffrey, and published three novelettes. He is working on two new books, and has authored articles in spirituality, theology, sexuality and Celtic studies. His most recent book, Wellness: Life, Health and Spirituality, was published in 2008 by Veritas Publications in Dublin, Ireland.


PhD, Philosophy of Religion, Loyola University of Chicago
MA, Theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology
MA, Philosophy, Summa cum Laude, Aquinas Institute of Philosophy
BA, PhL, Aquinas Institute of Philosophy


  • Art of Contemplation
  • The Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature
  • Celtic Spirituality
  • Christian Church History: Origins to the Reformation
  • Christian Faith and Belief
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Dominican Saints and Mystics
  • Ecology and Theology
  • Globalization & Civilization
  • Great Christian Thinkers: Aquinas
  • Great Women Mystics
  • Health and Healing: Theological and Spiritual Dimensions
  • Humanism and Terrorism: Virtues and Values
  • Introduction to New Testament Greek
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Jesus the Christ
  • Utopia and Dystopia: Work, Technology & Leisure
  • Violence, Religion & the Hope of Peace