Margaret Pfeil

Margaret Pfeil

Associate Professional Specialist
Associate Professional Specialist
Moral Theology/Christian Ethics


Ph.D. (Moral Theology/Christian Ethics), 2000, University of Notre Dame

M.A. (Moral Theology/Christian Ethics), 1997, University of Notre Dame

M.T.S. (Moral Theology, with Distinction),1994, Weston Jesuit School of Theology

B.A. (Government and International Studies, summa cum laude),1987, University of Notre Dame

Research and Teaching Interests

Catholic Social Thought; Fundamental Moral Theology; Peace Studies; Spirituality and Environmental Ethics; Liberation Theology; Racial Justice

See below for a lecture presented by Prof. Pfeil on the topic of "The Spirituality of Nonviolence" at Villanova University.

Recent Publications


Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with your God: Vatican II, Pastoral Ministry, and Lay Formation for Mission, co-edited with Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Universal, 2016.

With Laurie Cassidy and Alex Mikulich. 2013. The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance. Content and Context in Theological Ethics, Series Editor Mary Jo Iozzio. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Ed. with Gerald Schlabach. 2013. Sharing Peace: Mennonites and Catholics in Conversation. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press.

Ed. with Tobias Winright. Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: They Shall Be Called Children of God (Annual Volume of the College Theology Society). Maryknoll: Orbis Books.            

Book Chapters:

2012. “Becoming Synergoi: Food, Justice, and Economic Cooperation,” in The Almighty and the Dollar: Christian Reflections of Economic Justice, ed. Mark J. Allman. Winona, Minnesota: Anselm Academic.

2010. “The Penitentials As Literature,” The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature, Vol. 1, ed. George Kurian and James D. Smith,  pp. 128-131. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press.

2009. “Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves: Strategic Appropriation of Catholic Social Teaching,” Prophetic Witness: Catholic Women’s Strategies for the Church, ed. Colleen Griffith, a volume in the Century 21 Series, ed. James Keenan and Patricia De Leeuw, pp. 64-71. New York: Crossroad, 2009.


 “A Personalist Understanding of Human Dignity,” in Collected Essays of the Human Dignity Conference, ed. John Cavadini and Jessica Keating

“Approaching Racialized Violence through the Lens of Restorative Justice,” in Who Is My Neighbor? Crossing Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust. 5th International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation, ed. Pauline Kollontai and Sebastian Kim

2016: “A Theological Understanding of Restorative Justice,” Journal of Moral Theology 5:2 (June 2016), 158-163.

2014. “Pacem in terris and a Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance to Hyper-incarceration,” Journal of Catholic Social Thought 11:1, 127-49.

2012. “Love and Poverty: Dorothy Day’s Twofold Diakonia,” Journal of Moral Theology 1:2 (June 2012), 61-71.

2011. “Romero’s Theology of Transfiguration,” Theological Studies 72:1 (March 2011), 87-115.


Professor Pfeil was recognized with the Greenville Clark Award in May 2012.


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