Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Joseph Boenzi, SDB
Phone: 510-883-2070
Office Hours: Monday, Thursday, 8:45 am-12:00 pm, Tuesday, 8:45-11:00 am
Office Location: East 203

Curriculum Vitae



STL, STD, Università Pontificia Salesiana, Rome

STB, Salesian Pontifical University, Turin

Professional diploma in Education, University of Alberta

BA, Don Bosco College, Newton, New Jersey

Joseph Boenzi, SDB

Professor of Theology

In my teaching, I bring to light how the gifts of the Holy Spirit become fruitful in the life of the individual disciple and in the coming together of the Church. My courses have highlighted the experience of the great leaders and founders of the last millennium as well as the experience and ideals of contemporary Christians committed to the Gospel in the New Ecclesial Movements. I often ask my students to see the Church as an ongoing story of ordinary people who can allow the extraordinary (charisms of the Spirit, rootedness in Christ) to transform their lives so that they become signs and bearers of God's love to new generations and new contexts. My hope is that all those who study theology will not be content to leave their studies at an academic level, but will discern ways to integrate these studies with a life of faith.

In addition to teaching at the Institute of Salesian Studies and DSPT, I am often called upon to direct retreats and to facilitate workshops or in-services for parents and educators.

Current DSPT course information and syllabi
Course descriptions and information for all GTU member schools

Past Courses taught by Joseph Boenzi, SDB

Church: Modern to Contemporary (HS-2195)
Frances D Sales: Sources & Spirit (SP-4571)
Church On The Move (STSP-4725)
Salesian Identity and Charism (SP-2130)
Francis de Sales Sources & Spirituality (SP-4571)
In Search of the Church (STSP-3035) 
Devoted to God and Neighbor (SP-4295) 
Spirituality of Francis de Sales (SP-2505)      
Devout and Direct in Daily Life (SP-4337)

Books (from 2008-2014)

Don Bosco and Us: Ten Reflections on the Salesian Charism and Spirit. San Francisco: Institute of Salesian Studies: publication pending.

Saint Francis de Sales: Life and Spirit. Stella Niagara: DeSales Resources and Ministries, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-9829271-3-7; 337pp.

Savio: A Study Guide for Parents, Priests and Educators, by Joseph Aubry; translated by Joseph Boenzi. 2nd amplified ed. New Rochelle: Salesiana Publishers, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-89944-038-X; 96 pp.

Articles (from 2007-2014)

“Don Bosco and the Conditions of Pre-Industrial Youth in His Times”, in Seminare 38 (July-December 2014): publication pending.

“Reconstructing Don Albera’s Reading List”, in Ricerche Storiche Salesiane 61, anno 33, n. 2 (luglio-dicembre 2014): publication pending.

“Spreading the name and work of Francis de Sales during the 1600s through the 1800s”, in Sviluppo del carisma di don Bosco fino alla metà del secolo XX: Atti del Congresso Internazionale di Storia Salesiana, Roma 19-23 novembre 2014: publication pending

 “I tempi e le circostanze che indussero Francesco di Sales a comporre e pubblicare l’Introduzione alla vita devota”, in Salesianum 74.4 (dicembre 2013): 615-625.

“Storytelling, Pop-Culture, and re-launching the Gospel Message with Don Bosco among a new generation of post-modern young people,” Paper presented at Salesian Forum, «Reason and Reasonableness», Valdocco, 27-30 August 2013, electronic copy available at

“Visitation as Commitment,” Presentation given at the 2010 National Salesian Conference, Wilmington, Delaware; published and distributed by DeSales Resources and Ministries, Stella Niagara, 2010. [Audio CD/Video DVD].

“Cry of the Pastoral Heart of Francis de Sales,” in Journal of Salesian Studies 15.1 (Fall 2007): 13-24.

“Youthful Holiness: the Encounter between Dominic Savio and Don Bosco,” in Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition, Collected Essays Commemorating the 4th Centenary of the Initial Encounter of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal; edited by Joseph Chorpenning, with the assistance of Herbert Winklechner and Daniel P. Wisniewski, 333-364. Rome: ICSS, 2007.

“«Da Mihi Animas!» Il grido del cuore pastorale di Francesco di Sales.” Quaderni di Spiritualità Salesiana, n. 7 nuova serie (Dicembre 2007): 49-59.

Francis de Sales in Western Spiritual Tradition. Paper presented at the 2007 National Salesian Conference, St Paul (Minnesota), 3 August 2007 [Audio CD].

 “Parole che illuminano il nostro cammino spirituale. La Bibbia, guida dei predicatori secondo Francesco di Sales.” Quaderni di Spiritualità Salesiana, n. 6 nuova serie (Marzo 2007): 42-54.

Research interests

  • Saint Francis de Sales in history and his spirituality
  • Youth Spirituality
  • Salesian Spirituality
  • Ecclesiology
  • History of the Church - modern & contemporary, Italy in the 19th century
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