Daniel G. Groody

Daniel G.  Groody

Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Theology
Systematic Theology
World Religions and World Church


B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1986, M.Div., 1992

S.T.L., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 2001

Ph.D., the Graduate Theological Union, 2000)

Research and Teaching Interests

Daniel G. Groody is a Catholic priest, a Holy Cross religious, a scholar, teacher, and an award winning author and film producer. He is currently an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Drawing on years of work in Latin America, particularly along the U.S.- Mexico border, he has authored various books and articles which have been translated into five languages, including Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit, and Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace (2007). He is also editor of two books, The Option for the Poor in Christian Theology (2007), and co-editor of A Promised Land, A Perilous Journey: Theological Perspectives on Migration (2007). He has worked with the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, and the Vatican on issues of theology, globalization, and immigration.

Professor Groody holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in the Great Books Program, a Master of Divinity and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, and a doctorate in theology from the Graduate Theological Union. In 2007-2008 he was a visiting research fellow at Oxford University at the Oxford Refugee Centre. He is also the executive producer of various films and documentaries, including One Border, One Body: Immigration and the Eucharist, and Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey, which have received international acclaim and aired on various television stations including PBS. He teaches courses on U.S. Latino Spirituality, Globalization, Christian Spirituality and Social Justice, and lectures widely in the United States as well as Latin America, Europe, and Asia. In 2012, Groody served on the Syrian Refugee Delegation to the Middle East: The Situation in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.



Recent Publications

Groody, Daniel G., “The Spirituality of Migrants: Mapping an Inner Migration,” In Theology and Migration, vol. 3., Palgrave Macmillan, ed. Peter Phan and Elaine Padilla, London: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2013.

Groody, Daniel G. “A God of Life, A Civilization of Love: Justice, Mission and Catholic Social Teaching,” International Review of Mission, IRM Vol.102 No 1 (396) April 2013


Groody, Daniel G. “The Church on the Move: Mission in an Age of Migration,” Mission Studies, forthcoming 2013.
Groody, Daniel G. “Homeward Bound: A Theology of Migration” Journal for Catholic Social Thought 9, no. 2 (Summer, 2012): 409-424.  Republished and revised in, Groody, Daniel G. "Homeward Bound: A Theology of Migration for Fullness of Life, Justice and Peace." The Ecumenical Review (2012 no. 64/3): 299-313. 
Groody, Daniel G., “Moving Targets: Migrants, Globalization and Human Trafficking,” Concilium, (2011/3), 15-23.  Translated into German, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian, and Spanish.

Groody, Daniel G. “Homeward Bound: A Theology of Migration” Journal for Catholic Social Thought (Summer, 2012)

Groody, Daniel G., ed., Gustavo Gutiérrez: Spiritual Writings, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011.

Groody, Daniel G., “Crossing the Divide: Foundations of a Theology of Migration and Refugees,” Theological Studies (Forthcoming 2009).

Groody, Daniel G., “Jesus and the Undocumented: A Spiritual Geography of a Crucified Peoples,” Theological Studies (Forthcoming June 2009).

Groody, Daniel G., “Dying to Live:  The Undocumented Immigrant and the Paschal Mystery,” Concilium (December 2008): 108-117.  Translated into German, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, French and Dutch.

Groody, Daniel G., “Globalizing Solidarity: Christian Anthropology and the Challenge of Human Liberation,” Theological Studies (June 2008): 250-268.

Groody, Daniel G., “Fruit of the Vine, Work of Human Hands: Immigration and the Eucharist,” Worship 80, no. 5 (Sept. 2006): 386-402. 

Groody, Daniel G. 2004. “La Foi Sur La Frontiere Ou La "Migration" Comme Metaphore De La Vie Spirituelle.” Lumen Vitae. 59, no. 4 (December 2004): 441-452. Also translated into Spanish as “Al Filo de La Fe: La migración como metáfora de la vida espiritual,” El Bordo, Retos de La Frontera. 8, no. 16 (January 2006): 13-27.

Groody, Daniel G., “Obedience: Listening to God in a ‘Just Do It’ Culture,” Review For Religious, 63, no. 4 (Oct.-Dec., 2004): 402-415.

Groody, Daniel G., “Crossing the Line: A Spiritual View of the US/Mexican Border,” The Way, 43, no. 2 (April, 2004): 58-69. Translated into Portuguese as “Cruzando a Linha, Um Olhar de Fé Sobre a Fronteira EUA-Mexico,” Travessia,  (Brasil, Janeiro-Abril, 2004).  Translated into Spanish as “Una Visión Espiritual de la frontera de Estados Unidos y México,” El Bordo, Retos de La Frontera. 8, no. 16 (January 2006): 47-61.

Groody, Daniel G., “A Promised Land, A Devil’s Highway: The Crossroads of the           Undocumented Immigrant,” in Remembering Romero: What Does the Option for the

            Poor Really Mean?, ed. John Hogan. New York, NY: Rowman and Littlefield

            Press, 2007, 93-105.

Groody, Daniel G., “A Socio-Theological Hermeneutics of Migration: The Eucharist and the Option for the Poor,” in Humanities and Option for the Poor, ed. Magdalena Holztrattner

            and Clemens Sedmak. Vienna, Austria: Lit Verlang, 2005, 97-113.

Groody, Daniel G. “Undocumented Migration and Religious Experience: A Theological Interpretation of the Mexican-American Border,” in Encountering Transcendence: Contributions to a Theology of Christian Religious Experience, ed. Lieven Boeve, Hans Geybels and Stijn Van den Bossche in the series Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia 53, Leuven, Belgium: Peeters Press, 2005, 359-372.

Groody, Daniel G. “A Heart as Wide as the World: A Christian Spirituality of Nonviolence,” in

            Religion, Terrorism and Globalization:  Non-violence, A New Agenda, ed. K.K.

            Kuriakose, Nova Science Publishers, 2005, 215-226. 

Groody, Daniel G., “The Drama of Immigration and the Cry of the Poor” in ‘Alambrista’ and the US-Mexico Border: Film, Music and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants, ed. David Carrasco and Nick Cull. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2004, 59-78. 

Groody, Daniel G. Why Migration Matters, (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books), 2011.

Groody, Daniel G. A Theology of Migration, Orbis Books.

Groody, Daniel G. One Border, One Body:  Immigration and the Eucharist, Daniel G. Groody, executive producer.  John Carlos Frey, director.  Gatekeeper Films, 2008.

Groody, Daniel G. Strangers No Longer, Daniel G. Groody, executive producer and project director. Groody River Films.  Produced for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2006.

Groody, Daniel G. Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey, Daniel G. Groody, executive producer. Groody River Films, 2005.





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