Rev. Gladstone H. Stevens, P.S.S.

Dean, School of Theology

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

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Curriculum vitae

Fr. Gladstone Stevens was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Louisville by the Reverend Thomas C. Kelly, O.P. at the Cathedral of the Assumption in 2000. He had previously completed a doctorate in systematic theology at Marquette University. While serving for two years as an associate pastor, he became an adjunct instructor in the Department of Continuing Education at St. Meinrad’s School of Theology, where he had been a seminarian. In 2002 he joined St. Mary’s formation faculty. At St. Mary’s he also served as Assistant Academic Dean, Dean of Students, and Vice Rector.

The Sulpicians then invited him to move to St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, where he served from 2008 to 2017, first as Academic Dean and Provost, as well as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy. Fr. Stevens then served as Vice Rector, Dean of Men, and finally President/Rector. In 2018 he returned to St. Mary’s to teach systematic theology; he also serves as Dean of the School of Theology and Praeses of the Ecclesiastical Faculty.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Theology of the Priesthood
  • Theology of the Eucharist
  • Fundamental Theology
  • Ecclesiology

Service to the Church

  • Chaplain to the Order of Malta
  • Assistance at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
  • Retreat Director
  • Parish Missions


Review of Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition, by Hans Boersma (Modern Theology 22:1 [2006])

Recommended Reading

  • Hans Urs von Balthasar, Theo-Drama, III
  • Emile Mersch, Theology of the Mystical Body
  • Eric Voeglin, Israel and Revelation
  • Eugen Rosentstock-Huessy, Out of Revolution
  • Matthias Joseph Scheeben, The Mysteries of Christianity

A Favorite Quotation

If man does not seriously wait for Jesus Christ, at bottom he will not wait for anything else. Daily hope can persist only where in basis and essence it is itself eternal hope. — Karl Barth