Graduate Theological Union

Thomas Cattoi

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Associate Professor of Christology and Cultures

Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2006

PhD, Boston College, 2006
MPhil, School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies at University College London, 2002
MSc, London School of Economics, 1996
BA, MA Oxford, 1995

Phone: 510/549-5005

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Christology
  • Patristic Theology 
  • Patristic Spirituality
  • Comparative Theology (especially Christian- Buddhist dialogue)
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Contemporary Systematic Theology

Selected Publications

  • “Saints from the Margin: Rescuing Tradition through Hagiography in the lives of Sylouan the Athonite and Milarepa”, in Kerry San Chirico and Rico Monge (eds.), Hagiography in Abrahamic and Dharmic Traditions: Manifesting Sanctity and Truth (Bloomsbury, 2016)
  • “The Teaching Logos: Christology and Tropology in Theophylact of Ochrid’s Interpretation of New Testament Parables”, in Jane Beal (ed.), Illuminating Jesus in the Middle Ages (Brill, forthcoming)
  • “Icons, deities, and the three transcendentals: deification and post-Kantian holiness in Byzantium and Tibet”, in Buddhist-Christian Studies, Vol. 36, 2016
  • “Why Nicaea? Classical Trinitarian theology and the development of new doctrinal formulas”, in Frontiers in Christian Ecumenical Research, 2017
  • “Flawed Subjectivities: Cyril of Alexandria and Mahāyāna Buddhism on Individual Volition, Sin, and Karma”, in Buddhist-Christian Studies, Vol. 37 (forthcoming)