Joseph Boenzi, SDB

Joseph Boenzi, SDB


Fr. Joe’s early training was in special education, catechetics and youth ministry. After a number of years directing a young adult community in Los Angeles, he earned a doctorate in spiritual theology. In 1992, he began teaching courses for the Institute of Salesian Studies, while joining the faculty at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology. Fr. Joe is sought after around the world for his expertise in Spirituality and in Church history in combination with his heart-felt presentation style. Since 2005, he has been a visiting professor of spiritual theology at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.

In his teaching, Fr. Joe brings to light how the gifts of the Holy Spirit become fruitful in the life of the individual disciple and in the coming together of the Church. His courses have highlighted the experience of the great leaders and founders of the last millennium as well as the experience and ideals of contemporary Christians committed to the Gospel in the New Ecclesial Movements. He often asks his students to see the Church as an ongoing story of ordinary people who can allow the extraordinary (charisms of the Spirit, rootedness in Christ) to transform their lives so that they become signs and bearers of God’s love to new generations and new contexts. Fr. Joe’s hope is that all those who study theology will not be content to leave their studies at an academic level, but will discern ways to integrate these studies with a life of faith.



  • BA: Don Bosco College (NJ)
  • Professional Diploma in Education: University of Alberta
  • STB: Università Pontificia Salesiana (Turin)
  • STL, STD: Università Pontificia Salesiana (Rome)
  • Berkeley, CA – Rome, Italy