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Rev. Msgr. Joseph Chapel

Rev. Msgr. Joseph R. Chapel, S.T.D.

Associate Spiritual Director; Associate Professor, Moral Theology; Co-Director, Institute for Christian Spirituality; and Director, Center for Diaconal Formation

School of Theology


Monsignor Chapel teaches Christian Ethics, Reconciliation and Anointing and Preaching Practicum.

Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Chapel, S.T.D., Associate Spiritual Director, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, Co-Director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality and Director of the Center for Diaconal Formation, earned an M.A. in International Relations from the Paul S. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University. He also earned an S.T.B. from The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and an S.T.L and an S.T.D. from Accademia Alfonsiana (Lateran University), Rome. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Why Confess Our Sins Out Loud? An Analysis Based on the Dialogical Philosophy of Ferdinand Ebner in Light of the Philosophy of Language and the Symbolic Sacramentology of Louis-Marie Chauvet.” Ordained to the priesthood in 1992, Monsignor Chapel teaches Moral Theology, Reconciliation and Anointing and Preaching Practicum and is a member of the theological faculty of the Pastoral Provision. His publications include “Why Confess Our Sins Out Loud? Some Possibilities Based on the Thought of Ferdinand Ebner and Louis-Marie Chauvet” (Irish Theological Quarterly), “Dialogical Personalism Revisited” (Studia Moralia) and “Philosophy as Preparation for Sacramental Theology and Moral Life” (Seminary Journal). In Spring 2009, Monsignor Chapel was named Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor.


  • S.T.D., Accademia Alfonsiana (Lateran University), Rome
  • S.T.L., Accademia Alfonsiana (Lateran University), Rome
  • S.T.B., The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
  • M.A., International Relations, Paul S. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

Academic Distinctions

  • “Dialogical Personalism Revisited” (Studia Moralia)

Office Phone
(973) 275-2081


Office Location
Room 114
Lewis Hall


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