Thomas J. Bushlack

Associate Professor of Moral Theology
Director, Ashley-O’Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership


  • BA in Theology from St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN) in 2000
  • MTS in Moral Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2006
  • Ph.D. in Moral Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2011

Teaching Experience

From 2011 to 2016 Dr. Bushlack was assistant professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) where he taught introductory undergraduate and graduate courses in moral theology, and was the founding co-director of the Project for Mindfulness & Contemplation.

He currently teaches the following courses:

  • Catholic Social Teaching: Foundations and Applications for the Healing Ministry
  • Catholic Moral Tradition: Personal and Social
  • Leadership Competencies for Ministry Leaders
  • Ethics of Human Sexuality

About Dr. Bushlack

Dr. Bushlack is also an Oblate of St. Benedict via St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN, and a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.  He lives in St. Louis with his wife Anna and three children.

Personal website  

Recent Publications/Presentations


  • Politics for a Pilgrim Church: A Thomistic Theory of Civic Virtue.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans. 2015.
  • Thomas J. Bushlack and Tonia Bock, “Validating the ‘Centering for Wisdom Assessment’: Assessing the Role of Contemplative Practices in the Cultivation of Practical Wisdom,” Journal of Psychology and Theology (April 3, 2018): 1-25.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Lectio, Intentio, and the “Twofold Tropological Sense”: Lectio Divina as a Guide to the Cultivation of Practical Wisdom,” American Benedictine Review 67, no. 1 (March 2016): 29-57.
  • “The Return of Neo-Scholasticism?: Recent Criticisms of Henri de Lubac on Nature and Grace and their Significance for Moral Theology, Politics, and Law,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 35, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2015): 83-100.
  • “Pastoral Engagement in the Mindfulness Movement: Gift, Opportunities, and Challenges,” New Theology Review 27, no. 2 (2015): 56-63.
  • "Mindfulness and the Discernment of the Passions: A Case Study in Thomas Aquinas,” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 14, no. 2 (Fall 2014): 141-165.

Book Chapter

  • “Creation and the New Testament: A New Heaven and a New Earth” In Green Discipleship: Catholic Theology and the Environment.  Edited by Tobias Winright.  Winona: Anselm Academic.  2011: 93-111.


  • “The Age of Skepticism: The Challenge of Relevance in a Quickly Changing Culture.”  America Magazine (Feb. 11, 2013): 16-18.