Daniel Groody, CSC

Daniel Groody, CSC

Associate Professor

Primary Field of Study: Systematic Theology


Ph.D. Theological Union

Research and Training Interests

Theologies of Migration, Spirituality of Immigrants, the Heart’s Desire and Social Change

Selected Publications

“Cup of Suffering, Chalice of Salvation: Refugees, Lampedusa, and the Eucharist,” Theological Studies (December 2017): 960-987

“Crossing the divide: foundations of a theology of migration and refugees,” Theological Studies (2009): 638-667

Coedited with Gioacchino Campese. A Promised Land, A Perilous Journey: Theological Perspectives on Migration. University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.

Globalization, Spirituality and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace. Orbis Books, 2007.

Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit. Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2002.


Father Dan Groody, associate professor of theology and global affairs, was appointed vice president and associate provost in 2019. In this capacity, he oversees the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Center for University Advising, and the Snite Museum of Art. He also assists the provost with internationalization and lifelong learning as well as external department and program reviews and other academy-related responsibilities. Father Groody also works with University’s Inspired Leadership Initiative and is an advisor for an emerging Center on Discernment, Purpose and Mission. In addition to these roles, he serves as a Fellow and Trustee of the University and is the Co-Chair of the Center for the Homeless in South Bend.

He is an award-winning teacher, author and film producer and an internationally recognized expert on migration and refugee issues.  His books and articles have been translated into seven languages.  He is the author of Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace and Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit. He has edited or co-edited four books on poverty, justice, and migration and is currently working on a book called “Passing Over: A Eucharistic Theology of Migration.” He is also the executive producer of several acclaimed films and documentaries, including One Border, One Body: Immigration and the Eucharist and Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey.

He has given talks around the world on theology and migration and has worked with the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, and the Vatican on issues of theology, globalization, migration and refugees. 

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2001, Father Groody is a faculty fellow of the University’s Kellogg Institute, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Institute for Educational Initiatives, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.

Father Groody earned his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, a master of divinity degree and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, and his doctorate in theology from the Graduate Theological Union.  He was a visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre.


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