Rev. Peter J. Drilling, Th.D.

Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology and Pastoral Studies

Peter J. Drilling 



Th.D. University of St. Michael's College of the University of Toronto
M.A. State University of New York at Buffalo
S.T.L. Pontifical Gregorian University
S.T.B. Pontifical Gregorian University
B.A. St. John Vianney Seminary

Works Published


Premodern Faith in a Postmodern Culture: A Contemporary Theology of the Trinity. Lanham, MD: Sheed and Ward, 2006.

Trinity and Ministry. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991


Book review: Michael Amaladoss, Interreligious Encounters: Opportunities and Challenges, ed. Jonathan Y. Tan.  Online at  (July 2017)

"Themes of Bernard Lonergan's Lectures During and Shortly After the Second Vatican Council and Their Relation to Today's New Evangelization," Lonergan Workshop: Hermeneutics and Renewal, 27(2013). Boston College, 2017

"The Strength of St. Joseph," The Priest, 73/5 (May 2017), 20-23

"Relating the Theologies of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Bernard Lonergan on Divine Action in the World," Irish Theological Quarterly, 81 (2016), 267-283

Book review: Paul Bernier, Ministry in the Church: A Historical  and Pastoral Approach. 2nd Edition. Online at, (March 2016)

Book review: Mark Edwards, Catholicity and Heresy in the Early Church.  Online at, (18 March 2010)

Book review: Robert Barron, The Priority of Christ: Toward a Post-Liberal Catholicism, Seminary Journal, 14 (Fall 2008), 91-92

Book review: The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil, by Brian Davies, Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society, 35 (Spring 2008), 150-51

"The Psychological Analogy of the Trinity: Augustine, Aquinas, and Lonergan," Irish Theological Quarterly 71 (2006) 320-337

"Discipleship, Ministry and Authority: A Trinitarian View of Ecclesial Life," Seminary Journal, National Catholic Education Association, 7/2 (2001), 13-31

"Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations: What Can They Offer Each Other?" New Theology Review 14 (2001), 53-64

"Implications of an Ecumenical Agreement," America, Aug. 12-19, 2000, 14-18

"Anointing of the Sick," The Priest, 54/11 (November 1998), 10-21

"The Disorientation and Reorientation of Catholics," Christ the King Seminary News, Winter 1998, 10-12

"Faith and Reason in the Catholic Tradition," The Priest, 53/4 (April 1997), 10-18

"The Genesis of the Trinitarian Ecclesiology of Vatican II," Science et Esprit, 45 (1993), 61-78

"The Priest, Prophet and King Trilogy: Elements of Its Meaning in Lumen gentium and for Today," Église et Théologie, 19 (1988), 179-206

"Preaching: A Mutual Self-Mediation of the Word of God, a Preacher and a Congregation" in Lonergan Workshop Journal, Vol. 7, ed. Fred Lawrence. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1988

"Common and Ministerial Priesthood: Lumen gentium, Article Ten," Irish Theological Quarterly, 53.2 (1987), 81-99

"Mysterium Tremendum," Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies, 5 (1987), 58-72

"Lonergan's Method and Christian Ministry," Science et Esprit, 38 (1986), 181-202

Book review: James C. Fenhagen, Invitation to Holiness, Spirituality Today, 38 (1986), 375-376

"The Pyramid or the Raft: Francis Schuessler Fiorenza and Bernard Lonergan in Dialogue About Foundational Theology," Horizons, 13.2 (1986), 275-290

"The Psychic and Religious Dimensions in Spirituality," Review for Religious, 43.6 (1984), 914-922

"Uncovering the Foundations of Christian Ministry," Science et Esprit, 36 (1984), 89-107

"What About Lay Ministry?" Christ the King Seminary Alumni Newsletter, 48.3 (1984), 6-9"Fellow Pilgrim and Pastoral Leader: Spirituality for the Secular Priest," Spirituality Today, 35 (1983), 319- 335

Book reviews: The Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism, by David Tracy; and The Heretical Imperative, by Peter Berger, Christ the King Seminary Alumni Newsletter, 47.1 (1983), 13-15

A Study of the Development of Bernard Lonergan's Thought on the Material Starting Point for Theology. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms Int., 1980

"Experience in Lonergan's Theological Methodology," Science et Esprit, 31 (1979), 303- 321

Buffalo Seminary School