Dr. Susan K. Wood

Susan K. Wood
Dr. Susan K. WoodMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 115G/335

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-1967
Curriculum Vitae

Department Chair

Theology Department (Systematic Theology)


Susan K. Wood, SCL, Ph.D., a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas is professor of systematic theology in the Department of Theology at Marquette University. She received her doctorate from Marquette University in 1986.

Dr. Wood teaches courses on ecclesiology, Henri de Lubac, the nouvelle théologie, ecumenism, and sacramental theology, as well as more general courses in systematic theology. 

She is an associate editor of Pro Ecclesia and serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ecclesiology. Most of her writing explores the connections between ecclesiology and sacramental theology.

Dr. Wood was President of the Catholic Theological Society of America 2014-2015.

Courses Taught

  • Systematic Theology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Ecumenism
  • Sacramental Theology
  • Nouvelle théologie

  • Quests for God, Paths of Revelation

Research Interests

Her research interests have focused on the theology of ordained ministry, the ecclesial dimensions of sacramental theology, ecumenism, and the theology of Henri de Lubac.

Professional Affiliations

Very active in ecumenical work, she serves on the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue (1994-present), the North American Roman Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation (2005-present), the conversation between the Roman Catholic Church and the Baptist World Alliance (2006-2010, 2018-2022), and the International Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue (2008-present). She has also participated in consultations on baptism, theological anthropology, and the nature and purpose of ecumenical dialogue sponsored by Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches and the Joint Working Group.


In addition to more than 70 articles and book chapters, she has authored A Shared Spiritual Journey: Luthernas and Catholics Traveling toward Unity (Paulist, 2016) with co-author Timothy J. Wengert; One Baptism: Ecumenical Dimensions of the Doctrine of Baptism (Liturgical Press, 2009); Spiritual Exegesis and the Church in the Theology of Henri de Lubac (Eerdmans, 1998); and Sacramental Orders (Liturgical Press, 2000), translated into Spanish (Barcelona, 2008), and recipient of the second place book award in the category of liturgy from the Catholic Press Association, May 25, 2001. She is the editor of Ordering the Baptismal Priesthood (Liturgical Press, 2003) and co-editor, with Alberto Garcia, of Critical Issues in Ecclesiology: Essays in Honor of Carl. E. Braaten (Eerdmans, 2011).

Additional Information

Office Hours - Spring 2019

  • By appointment

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