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Elizabeth Groppe

Professor; Director of Masters Programs

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Religious Studies


Email: Elizabeth Groppe
Phone: 937-229-4412
HM 327


  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame 
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame
  • B.A., Earlham College


Elizabeth T. Groppe is a Roman Catholic systematic theologian. Her areas of work include trinitarian theology, ecclesiology, liturgical and sacramental theology, theological anthropology and interreligious dialogue. Her wide-ranging scholarship brings the wisdom of the Christian tradition to bear on 21st century challenges including ecological degradation, violence and racism. She is married and the mother of one child.

Selected publications

Scholarly Monographs:

Yves Congar’s Theology of the Holy Spirit. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Books for a General Audience:

Eating and Drinking. The Compass Series on Christianity and the Practice of Everyday Life. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011.

Book Chapters:

“‘The Love that Moves the Sun and the Stars’: A Theology of Creation.” In The Theological and Ecological Vision of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, edited by Vincent J. Miller, 77–94. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

“‘Sighs Too Deep for Words’: The Holy Spirit, Desire, and the Name of the Incomprehensible God.” In The Testimony of the Spirit: New Essays, edited by Paul Moser and Doug Geivett, 202–222. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

“Forging New Paths of Shalom: Cardinal Kasper’s Contributions to Catholic-Jewish Relations.” In Speaking Truth in Love: The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper, edited by Kristin M. Colberg and Robert A. Krieg, 203−222. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2014.

“The Way of Wisdom.” In Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Assessing Pope Benedict XVI’s Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the United States, edited by Jame Schaefer and Tobias Winright, 127‒48. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2013.

Peer Reviewed Articles:

“Longing for Communion Fifty Years after Unitatis Redintegratio: Envisioning a Ministry of Hospitality and Healing in a Wounded Body of Christ.” Forthcoming in Worship.

“A Harvest of Humility: Agrarian Practice and Christian Higher Education.” Journal of Education and Christian Belief 18 (2014): 29−40.

“Revisiting Vatican II’s Theology of the People of God after Forty-Five Years of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue.” Theological Studies 72 (2011): 586‒619.       

“Creation Ex Amore: Ontological Freedom in the Theologies of John Zizioulas and Catherine Mowry LaCugna.” Modern Theology 21 (2005): 463‒96.

“Catherine Mowry LaCugna’s Contribution to Trinitarian Theology.” Theological Studies 63 (2002): 730‒63.