Augustine Institute Faculty: Douglas G. Bushman, S.T.L.

Douglas G. Bushman, S.T.L.

Douglas G. Bushman, S.T.L.

Pope St. John Paul II Chair of Theology for the New Evangelization


Ecclesiology, Spirituality, Vatican II, John Paul II, Pastoral Theology


S.T.L. University of Fribourg, Switzerland
B.A. University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN


Prof. Bushman’s theological service has been shaped by the Church Fathers’ spiritual reading of Scripture, the methodology of St. Thomas Aquinas, and the pastoral orientation of the Second Vatican Council, as interpreted by the post-Conciliar popes. He has taught theology at virtually every level of the Church’s life: parish, diocese (including programs of formation and courses for adults, catechists, permanent deacons, Catholic educators, and seminarians), Catholic schools, and undergraduate and graduate degree programs. He has served as Director of Education for the Diocese of Duluth, MN, and is past Director of the Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies (University of Dallas), and of the Institute for Pastoral Theology (Ave Maria University). Currently Prof. Bushman’s research focuses on the pastoral theology of the Second Vatican Council and the New Evangelization.

Courses Taught

  • Theology of the New Evangelization; Conversion: The Christian Way of Life; Theology of Pope John Paul II

Recent Publications

“Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required.” Catholic World Report Online. November 21, 2013

“The True Spirit of Vatican II.” Catholic World Report Online. December 2, 2012.

“The Call to Martyrdom in the Life and Teaching of Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.”, in For the Greater Glory of God. The Theological, Spiritual & Apostolic Legacy of Servant of God Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J. Proceedings of the 2010 IRL National Meeting. Donald Fier, ed. Libertyville, IL: Institute on Religious Life, Inc., 2012, pp. 85-103

“Pope Paul VI on the Renewal of Vatican II as an Act of the Church Drawing from Her Treasure Things both Old and New.” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2011): 361-393

The Sixteen Documents of Vatican II. Introductions by Douglas G. Bushman, S.T.L. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1999

In His Image: A Program of Renewal Through Education (four sessions). San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1989-90