Daniel Groody

Daniel Groody

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


“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.


Daniel G. Groody is associate professor of theology and global affairs at the University of Notre Dame and the director of the Global Leadership Program within the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, where he is also a faculty fellow. He is a Catholic priest, a Holy Cross religious, and an award-winning professor, author, and film producer.

Drawing on years of work on international migration and refugee issues, Groody has authored numerous books and articles, translated into seven languages, which include Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace (Orbis, 2007) and Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).

He is also the executive producer of several internationally acclaimed films and documentaries, including One Border, One Body: Immigration and the Eucharist, and Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey. He teaches the courses “The Heart’s Desire and Social Change,” “Theology of Migration,” and “Christian Faith and Global Justice,” and he lectures widely around the world.

Groody has worked with the US Congress, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, the Vatican, and the United Nations on issues of theology, globalization, migration, and refugees. In 2007–08 he was a visiting research fellow at Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre.

He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MDiv and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, and a PhD in theology from the Graduate Theological Union.

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