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Leo Lefebure

Faculty Fellow

Department of Theology and Religious Studies


Leo D. Lefebure is the Matteo Ricci, S.J., Professor of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Berkley Center faculty fellow. He is also a former Long Room Hub Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. His books include, among others, Transforming Interreligious Relations: Catholic Responses to Religious Pluralism in the United States (2020); Religion, Authority, and the State: From Constantine to the Contemporary World (2016, editor); True and Holy: Christian Scripture and Other Religions (2014); The Path of Wisdom: A Christian Commentary on the Dhammapada (2011, with Peter Feldmeier); Revelation, the Religions, and Violence (2000); and The Buddha and the Christ (1993). Lefebure is president of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, a research fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a trustee emeritus of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. He previously taught a class supported through the Berkley Center's Doyle Seminars project and is again teaching a Doyle Seminar class in fall 2020. He obtained his S.T.L. from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School.