The Catholic University of America

Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C., S.T.D. 
– Ordinary Professor and Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Programs



Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C., is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Programs at The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics at the University of Notre Dame, he earned a master's degree in theology at Holy Cross College (Washington, DC) and then a licentiate and doctorate in theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. His current areas of teaching and research include contemporary ecumenism and ecclesiology, revelation and faith, Hispanic ministry, and nineteenth century theology—with special interest in the thought of John Henry Newman. He served for a decade as editor-in-chief of Newman Studies Journal and is area editor for Liberation Theology for Religious Studies Review.

He has served as President of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, a member of the United Methodist Roman Catholic Dialogue, a consultant to the Reformed Roman Catholic International Commission, an observer consultant for the Consultation on Church Union/Churches Uniting in Christ and a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches. He is currently chair of the Ecumenism Committee of the Washington Theological Consortium. In 2014, he was presented with the Paul Wattson Christian Unity Award by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6501
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • John Henry Newman

  • First Vatican Council

  • Ecumenism

  • Hispanic/Latino Theology

Latest Publications

John Henry Newman: Spiritual Writings (Orbis Books, 2012)

Saint Mary’s Press Glossary of Theological Terms (Saint Mary’s Press, 2006).


TRS 328 Makers of Hispanic Catholic History

TRS 377 John Henry Newman

TRS 654 Introduction to Hispanic Ministry

TRS 662 Revelation and Faith

TRS 755A Hispanic Latino Theologies

TRS 765A History and Theology of the Ecumenical Movement

TRS 863B Magisterium and Infallibility

TRS 868C Spiritual Theology Newman

TRS 868D Newman's Theological Writings



Course Descriptions


Curriculum Vitae