Faculty & Staff Directory

Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, M.B.A., S.T.D.

Provost; Professor in the Department of Dogmatic Theology


(847) 970-4866

B.A., Butler University; S.T.B., M.Div., S.T.L., University of St. Mary of the Lake; M.B.A., Templeton Institute; S.T.D., Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Vicar for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Former Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Wayside Parish in Arlington Heights and Saint Damian Parish in Oak Forest; Former President, Illinois Conference of Churches, Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and O’Hare Interfaith Chapel Corporation. Trustee Emeritus, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Author of Concordat of Agreement Between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Lessons on the Way Toward Full Communion. Co-author of Understanding Four Views of The Lord’s Supper.Editor of A Legacy of Catholic/Jewish Dialogue: The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lectures, and What is a Parish? Canonical, Theological and Pastoral Perspectives. Contributor to A Sourcebook of the World Religions; A Blessing to Each Other: the Writings of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin on Catholic/Jewish Relations; The Community of Religions: Voices and Images from the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Member of the American Academy of Religion, American Catholic Philosophical Association, Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers and North American Academy of Ecumenists. Fellow, Christian Leadership Initiative, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem.


Sourcebook of the World’s Religions: An Interfaith Guide to Religion and Spirituality

Edited by Joel Beversluis

Father Baima contributed the chapter Christianity: Origin and Beliefs

New World Library, 2000, 442 pages

A Blessing to Each Other: Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and Jewish-Catholic Dialogue

In this book Cardinal Bernardin’s most respected and effective voice proclaims a new way in which Judaism and Christianity, Jews and Christians can meet, listen to each other and learn to live side by side in friendship and peace. This selection of Cardinal Bernardin’s addresses, prayers and columns over the years shows the breadth of his interest and the depth of his commitment to the Jewish-Catholic dialogue. Included in this collection are the basic documents that have guided Catholics since Vatican II, thoughtful introductions to the Chicago experience and to the theology of Cardinal Bernardin, and questions for dialogue groups and personal reflection. Included are introductions by Herman Schaalman, Thomas A. Baima, John T. Pawlikowski and Daniel F. Montalbano.

Liturgy Training Publications, 1996, 200 pages.

The Community of Religions

Gathered on the centenary and in the same city of Chicago where the first Parliament took place, the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions was the largest interfaith gathering ever held. Representatives from minority, ethnic, and tribal religions took the podium as equals alongside representatives from the world’s largest religious traditions. The Community of Religions is an essential record of this historic event, containing major addresses and reflections as well as numerous short evocations of the spirit of the Parliament.

Father Baima’s contribution is a chapter on the Declaration Toward a Global Ethic: Its Making and Its Future.

Continuum, Aug 1, 1996, 259 pages

The Concordat of Agreement Between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Lessons on the Way Toward Full Communion

Although the Concordat of Agreement passed the 1999 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly, there was still a solid bloc of Lutherans who refused to receive its theology. This study examines the decision-making process which led to the failure of the Concordat at the 1997 ELCA Churchwide Assembly for the deeper causes of the ongoing non-reception. Using insights from several theological disciplines (canon law, ecclesiology, ecumenism, and sacramental theology), as well as organizational behavior and management, it analyzes the verbatim transcripts of the 1997 assembly. The data gained from this research identifies and analyzes both the method of bilateral dialogue and the content of the theological propositions regarding historic episcopacy and three-fold ministry which form the causes of the non-reception of the Concordat. The findings identify a flaw in the method used in the ELCA bilateral dialogues – the lack of inter-governance to balance the intercommunion. This insight challenges other bilateral dialogues to examine their method as well. Also, by reviewing these findings from the standpoint of ecclesiology, it is able to generalize how the flaws could affect the communion at the global level.

Published in USA as

The Concordat of Agreement Between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Lessons on the Way Toward Full Communion

Edwin Mellen Press, 262 pages

Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper

Four different ways Christians understand the Lord’s Supper—Baptist view (memorialism), Reformed (spiritual presence), Lutheran (consubstantiation), and Roman Catholic (transubstantiation)—are fairly represented and debated to provide readers with an opportunity to draw their own conclusion on this important Christian institution.

Who should participate in the Lord’s Supper? How frequently should we observe it? What does this meal mean? What happens when we eat the bread and drink from the cup? What do Christians disagree about and what do they hold in common? These and other questions are explored in this thought-provoking book.

This new volume in the Counterpoints: Church Life series allows four contributors to make a case for the following views:

• Baptist view (memorialism)

• Reformed view (spiritual presence)

• Lutheran view (consubstantiation)

• Roman Catholic view (transubstantiation)

All contributors use Scripture to present their views, and each responds to the others’ essays. This book helps readers arrive at their own conclusions. It includes resources such as a listing of statements on the Lord’s Supper from creeds and confessions, quotations from noted Christians, a resource listing of books on the Lord’s Supper, and discussion questions for each chapter to facilitate small group and classroom use.

English Edition
Zondervan, 2009, 224 pages

Spanish Edition
Vida, 2010, 208 pages