Fr. John Szukalski, SVD

Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Chair, Department of Theology & Philosophy


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Father John, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, professed vows as a Divine Word Missionary in 1990 and was ordained a Priest in 1997.  He has served as a missionary in urban Mexico City, rural Paraguay, and in various Hispanic and Vietnamese parishes/ministries across the United States.  Father John was appointed Secretary for the last three General Chapters of the Society of the Divine Word in Rome (2000, 2006, 2012).  He also serves as the representative for Religious Priests on the Archdiocese of Dubuque Priests' Council.
B.A. – Divine Word College, Epworth, IA (Sociology and Theology)
M.Div. – Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL  (Divinity)
M.A. – Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL (Sacred Scripture)
Ph.D. – Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (Sacred Scripture)
  Teaching Interests at Divine Word:
Old Testament, New Testament, The Gospel of Luke, Sacraments, Christology
  Research Interests:
New Testament, especially the Gospel of Luke, Parables, Issues of Wealth and Poverty, and Socio-Narratological Criticism
Tormented in Hades: The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) and Other Lucan Parables for Persuading the Rich to Repentance. (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013). 
  Professional Affiliations:
Catholic Biblical Association
Society of Biblical Literature
Catholic Biblical Federation
Spanish and Vietnamese 
  Intercultural Experience:
Mexico and Paraguay