Dr. Susan K. Wood, SCL

Susan K. Wood, SCL, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair

Susan K. Wood, SCL, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas is professor and chair of the Department of Theology at Marquette University. She received her doctorate in systematic theology from Marquette University.

Dr. Wood teaches courses on ecclesiology, Henri de Lubac, the nouvelle théologie, ecumenism, and sacramental theology, as well as more general courses in systematic theology. Her research interests have focused on the theology of ordained ministry, the ecclesial dimensions of sacramental theology, and the theology of Henri de Lubac. She is currently co-authoring a book on Catholic-Lutheran relations with Timothy Wengert in anticipation of the 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, for Paulist Press and is engaged in another project exploring the relationship between ordained ministry and laicity through the lens of the relationship between the permanent diaconate and lay ecclesial ministry.

Very active in ecumenical work, she serves on the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue (1994-present), the North American Roman Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation (2005-present), the conversation between the Roman Catholic Church and the Baptist World Alliance (2006-2010), and the International Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue (2008-present). She has also participated in consultations on baptism, theological anthropology, and the nature and purpose of ecumenical dialogue sponsored by Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches and the Joint Working Group.

She is an associate editor of Pro Ecclesia and serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ecclesiology. Most of her writing explores the connections between ecclesiology and sacramental theology. In addition to numerous articles, she has published One Baptism: Ecumenical Dimensions of the Doctrine of Baptism (The Liturgical Press, 2009). Spiritual Exegesis and the Church in the Theology of Henri de Lubac (Eerdmans, 1998), and Sacramental Orders (The Liturgical Press, 2000), translated into Spanish (Barcelona, 2008), and recipient of the second place book award in the category of liturgy from the Catholic Press Association, May 25, 2001. She is the editor of Ordering the Baptismal Priesthood (The Liturgical Press, 2003) and co-editor, with Alberto Garcia, of Critical Issues in Ecclesiology: Essays in Honor of Carl. E. Braaten (Eerdmans, 2011).

Dr. Wood is currently President-Elect of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

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