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A.J. Boyd


Ruminating over cappuccino my first month in Rome (2009).

I teach theology and religious studies for a pontifical seminary and various U.S. and U.K. study-abroad programs in Rome, specializing in ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, ecclesiology, and the Church of Rome.

I am also a doctoral candidate in Ecumenism and Dialogue at the Pontificia Universita San Tommaso d’Aquino in Urbe, more commonly known as the Angelicum. I will sing (badly) the Te Deum when i finish, from the rooftops of the eternal city.

In my spare time I serve on the board of directors for the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association, representing alumni and friends throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. I am also an Eagle Scout and try to put those lessons to use daily as well.

I am grateful to be an alumnus the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, my home in Rome for four years, plus some summers teaching intensive international programs there. Further study and research opportunities have taken me to Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Tantur Ecumenical Institute and Shalom Hartmann Center in Jerusalem, and the Center for Law and Religion in Cardiff.

[This blog does not represent the Centro Pro Unione in Rome, though naturally i am a fan. I actually picked the name of the blog before moving to Rome and encountering the center, but for the same reasons.]


  1. Jimmy Mac says:

    AJ – thanks for introducing my to your blogsite. I will haunt it from time to time.

    Have a good study year!

    Jim McCrea

  2. gayatri wedotami says:

    Dear A.J,

    Handsome blog, Handsome blogger,
    Handsome motto, Working for Christian Unity from the heart of Rome
    I am glad being a Christian-Shia, living for a few months in the heart of Rome with you.


  3. Danny Manyasi says:

    Hallo A. J.!
    Good to have found myself in your blog. Please kindly locate me a congregation or diocese that ‘stands’ late foreign priestly vocation.

    I am a 38 years old East African much interested in both Deaf and Blind apostolate.

    Merry x-mas and happy 2013!!!

  4. Theodore says:


    I appreciate your blog and the work (and studies) you are doing in the Eternal City. I’m looking into studying at the Angelicum myself. Please send me an e-mail when you get a chance to talk about studies there and life in Rome.

    God bless,


  5. Nate Bacon says:

    Hi AJ! Greetings from Guatemala! How are things these days with you? Would love to connect some time. Drop me a line!


    Deacon Nate Bacon

  6. Nancy Walton-House says:

    Hi AJ, it was great seeing you at St. James Cathedral Midnight Mass in Seattle this year. What a surprise and treat. I hope to hear more from you when time permits. Good fortune in your continuing studies. Nancy Walton-House

  7. A.J.: Feel free to use my teaching website since you are teaching a course with that title, with the condition that you contribute to its revision which I will undertake in November-=December 2014. Will be Trastevere late September through late October. Let’s connect on Linkedin, and maybe meet and chat in Rome.

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