Ronald Rolheiser is a Roman Catholic priest. For much of his priesthood, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton Alberta. He is an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University. From 1998–2004 he served his religious community, The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, on their General Administration. In August 2005, he began a five-year assignment as the President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.


B.A. University of Ottawa, 1969, major in philosophy
B. Th. Newman Theological College, Edmonton, 1973
M.A. University of San Francisco, 1974, major in theology
M.R. Sc. University of Louvain, Belgium, 1982
Ph.D/STD University of Louvain, Belgium, 1983

Professional Memberships

Catholic Theological Society of America
Canadian Theological Society
Religious Studies Association of Alberta
Board, Louvain Theological and Pastoral Monographs Section



Secularity and the Gospel: Being Missionary to our Children
The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York, 2006

Forgotten Among the Lilies
Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1990; re-released Doubleday, New York, 2005

The Restless Heart
Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1988. Re-released, Doubleday, New York, 2004
This book won the 1990 Winnifred Sanford Award, presented every second year to the book judged to be the best popular spiritual book in the United Kingdom.

The Holy Longing
Doubleday, New York 1999 (Published first as Seeking Spirituality, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1998)
The Holy Longing won USA Catholic Press Book award for 2000, for the best hardcover book in spirituality.

Against an Infinite Horizon
Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1995 and Crossroads, New York, 1996

The Shattered Lantern
Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1994, and Crossroads, New York, 1995
This book won the Catholic Book Award for best paperback spirituality book, USA Catholic Book Awards, 1996.

Spirituality for a Restless Culture
Twenty-Third Publications, Mystic, Conn., 1991

The Loneliness Factor
Dimension Books, Denville NJ, 1979


Weekly Newspaper columnist in more than 65 Catholic papers worldwide. 


Louvain Studies, Critic, America, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Catholic New Times, and in various popular magazines: Catholic Digest, St. Anthony’s Messenger, Our Family, and Spirituality

Areas of Specialization 

Systematic Theology - Trinity, World Religions, Christian Anthropology

Philosophy - Ancient and Medieval, Symbolism, Existentialism


Mysticism - especially John of the Cross and Therese of Lisieux

Spirituality - contemporary spirituality, contemporary questions (ecology, feminism, masculine spirituality, religion and culture)

Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

He is a community-builder, lecturer and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and his weekly column is carried by more than sixty newspapers worldwide.

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