Thomas Rausch

Professor of Theological Studies;
Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology.
Department of Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659, USA
Office: University Hall #3722
Telephone: (310) 338-7670
Departamental FAX: (310) 338-1947










Academic Background

Ph.D., Duke University, 1976

S.T.M., Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, 1972

M.A. Gonzaga University, 1967

B.A., Gonzaga University, 1966


Courses Taught

  • Fr. Rausch teaches in the area of ecclesiology, Christology and ecumenism.


Professional Bio

Rev. Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., Ph.D. in religion from Duke University (1976), is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A specialist in the areas of systematic theology, Christology, ecclesiology, and ecumenism, he has published 20 books and over 275 articles and reviews.

From 1981 to 1985 Father Rausch served as Director of Campus Ministry at LMU. In 1983-1984 he was appointed by the Secretariat for Christian Unity as Catholic Tutor to the Ecumenical Institute, the World Council of Churches study center at Bossey, Switzerland. He was rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola Marymount from 1988 to 1994, and chair of the department of Theological Studies from 1994-2000.

Father Rausch was a member of the U.S. Catholic/Southern Baptist Conversation 1994-2001 and was one of the signatories of the Richard John Neuhaus/Charles Colson Evangelicals and Catholics Together 1997 document, "The Gift of Salvation." In 2001 he was appointed to the Roman Catholic/World Evangelical Alliance Consultation. He is co-chair of the Theological Commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; he is also a member of the Editorial Commission for The Tidings and serves as co-chair of the Los Angeles Catholic-Evangelical Committee.


Selected Publications

Fr. Rausch has authored seventeen books, including Pope Benedict XVI: An Introduction to His Theological Vision, The roots of the Catholic Tradition, Catholicism at the Dawn of the Third Millennium, Reconciling Faith and Reason. Please visit Father Rausch’s personal website for full list of publications: or visit Father Rausch's page to view a list of publications available for purchase.


Personal Message

“If it’s worth being done, it’s worth being done right”


Personal Website