Peter Nguyen, S.J.
Department of Theology
Ph.D., University of Saint Michael’s College, University of Toronto (expected winter 2015)
M.Div., Boston College
M.A., Loyola University Chicago
B.A., University of Chicago
Fr. Peter Nguyen’s interest in the academic study of martyrdom was sparked in 1982 while in the second grade when Maximilian Kolbe was canonized. He asked his teacher, “Why did the pope make this man a saint?”
She simply responded, “He gave his life for a stranger.”
During his graduate studies at Regis College, University of Toronto, he explored the interior freedom that shaped the witness of another martyr of World War II — Alfred Delp. Fr. Nguyen is interested in the intersection of spirituality and theology in the lives of the martyrs and the saints. He is eagerly anticipating Martin Scorsese’s adaption of Shusako Endo’s masterpiece on the martyrdom of the Jesuits and Japanese Christians in 17th-century Japan. When he is not contemplating martyrdom, he spends his free time doing martial arts, and currently holds a purple belt in jiu-jitsu.