Fr. Robert Imbelli


Father Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, studied in Rome during the years of the Second Vatican Council and was ordained there in 1965. He received his S.T.L. from the Gregorian University (Rome) and obtained his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Yale University in 1972.

He has taught theology at the New York Archdiocesan Seminary and at the Maryknoll School of Theology.

From 1986 to 2015 Father Imbelli taught Systematic Theology at Boston College, and is currently Associate Professor of Theology Emeritus. He was “Visiting Scholar” at Seton Hall University in Spring 2017 and at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, in Spring 2018.

His numerous articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Theological Studies, Communio, Worship, First Things, Commonweal, and America.

His book, Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations on the New Evangelization (Liturgical Press 2014) won a first place award from the Catholic Publishers’ Association. His lecture series, “Christic Imagination: How Christ Transforms Us,” was issued in 2018 by “Now You Know Media.”

His essay, “The Christocentric Mystagogy of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI,” appeared in The Renewal of Mystical Theology, edited by Bernard McGinn (Herder 2017).