Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice; Director of Undergraduate Studies; Academic Director, Vision
338 Geddes Hall
Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice, is the director of undergraduate studies at the McGrath Institute for Church Life where he also serves as academic director for Notre Dame Vision. He holds a concurrent teaching appointment in the Department of Theology.
He is the author of six books: A God Who Questions (OSV, 2019), What Matters Most: Empowering Young Catholics for Life’s Big Decisions (Ave Maria, 2018), Work of Love: A Theological Reconstruction of the Communion of Saints (UND Press, 2017), Witness: Learning to Tell the Stories of Grace that Illumine Our Lives (Ave Maria, 2016), Turn to the Lord (Liturgical Press, forthcoming 2021), and Praying into Christ (Word Among Us, forthcoming 2021). He is also co-editor, with Vittorio Montemaggi, of Dante, Mercy, and the Beauty of the Human Person (Wipf & Stock, 2017) and with Tim O'Malley of I Call You Friends: John Cavadini and the Vision of Catholic Leadership for Higher Education (Wipf & Stock, 2019).
Leonard earned his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned his M.A. in systematic theology and B.A. in theology and philosophy. A member of the McGrath Institute for Church Life since 2003, he has served on the leadership teams for Notre Dame Vision, Notre Dame Catechist Academy, Notre Dame Character Project, Echo, and the Church Life Internship, which he founded in 2016. In addition to writing books, articles, and essays, he speaks regularly in academic and pastoral settings on the saints, biblical catechesis, vocation and discernment, and the theological imagination, among other topics.
Originally from Nutley, New Jersey but raised in Southern California, Leonard now lives with his wife, Lisa, and their six children in South Bend, Indiana, where they are actively parishioners of Saint Joseph parish.