Rev. Dr. John Szukalski, SVD

Fr. John Szukalski, SVD

Assistant Professor of Theology
Vice President for Academic Affairs

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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 four General Chapters of the Society of the Divine Word in Rome (2000, 2006, 2012, 2018).


B.A. – Divine Word College, Epworth, IA (Sociology and Theology)
M.Div. – Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL (Mission)
M.A. – Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL (Sacred Scripture)
Ph.D. – Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (Sacred Scripture)

Courses taught

Old Testament, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, Catholic Epistles, 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
Catholic Biblical Federation


Spanish, Vietnamese, Biblical Greek

Intercultural Experience

Mexico, Paraguay

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