Dr. James W. Stroud, S.T.D.

Dr. James W. Stroud
Associate Professor of Moral Theology
S.T.D., Moral Theology/Ethics, The Catholic University of America
S.T.L., Moral Theology/Ethics, The Catholic University of America

Dissertation: “Thomas Aquinas’ Exposition of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Developments in
His Thought and Rival Interpretations”

Special interests:

  • Thomistic Ethics
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Sexual Ethics
  • Relationship between Moral Theology and Sacred Scripture
  • Relationship between Theology and Science

Selected Publications:

  • Instinctus and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Explaining the Development in St. Thomas’ Teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” Journal Of Moral Theology (Special Issue, 2019): 60-79.
  • Stroud, James. 2021. “Almsgiving as a Formative Practice of Repentance for Christian Discipleship: The Gospel of Luke and Daniel 4:24,” Journal of Moral Theology 10, Special Issue No. 1: 84-103. Click here for the article.

Book Reviews:

  • Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and Fresh Water Crises, Rev. Ed., by Christiana Zenner. Journal of Moral Theology 9, no. 2 (June 2020): 218-9.

Selected Scholarly Presentations:

  • “Reconsidering St. Thomas Aquinas’ Teaching on Almsgivings in Light of the Biblical and Patristic Tradition,” New Wine New Wineskins Conference, Notre Dame, IN, July 2018
  • “Technological Advances and Communication: Revisiting the Catholic Church’s Teaching on PVS Patients” University Faculty for Life Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, June 2016
  • “Almsgiving as an Integral Practice for Christian Discipleship: the Gospel of Luke and Daniel 4:24,” 2nd Pinckaers Symposium, Notre Dame, IN, May 2019

Selected General Presentations:

  • “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit” delivered to Sursum Corda Milwaukee – Young Adult Group at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Milwaukee, WI, February 2020
  • “Euthanasia and the Catholic Response” delivered to Voice of the Holy Innocents at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Greenfield, WI, February 2018
  • “Respect for All Life in the Year of Mercy: Reflections drawn from Pope St. John Paul II’s The Gospel of Life” delivered to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Menomonee Falls, WI, October 2016
  • “Catholic View on Vaccinations” delivered to the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Healthcare and Bioethics Committee, Milwaukee, WI, September 2015


  • $75,000 Grant in the Science for Seminaries Phase II funded by the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; One of the lead professors of grant proposal (along with Dr. Paul Monson and Dr. Jeremy Blackwood).
  • $10,000 Grant in the Re-Engaging Science in Seminary Formation funded by the John Templeton Foundation and administered through John Carroll University; Lead Professor of Grant Proposal in Fall 2016 for the Fall 2017 MT 576 Science of Forgiveness course (co-taught with Dr. Brian Lee)


  • Milwaukee Archdiocesan Healthcare and Bioethics Committee
  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • Academy of Catholic Theology

Contact: (414) 858-4636