Senior Fellows

Fr. Thomas Esposito, O. Cist.

Curriculum Vitae

Bryan Joseph Esposito (Fr. Thomas Esposito, O. Cist.)

Monk and Priest of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas

DOB: November 22, 1982


Current Positions:

At the Abbey

Vocations Director


At the University of Dallas

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Theology



B.A., University of Dallas, Philosophy (2001-2005)

S.T.B., Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo, Rome (2008-2009)

S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome (2009-2011)

S.S.D., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome (2015)




Jesus’ Meals with Pharisees and Their Liturgical Roots (Analecta Biblica 209) (Gregorian and Biblicum Press: Rome, 2015).
Letters of Fire (St. Paul’s: New York, 2015).



“The Way from Emmaus to Us”, Communio 37.1 (2010) 129-148.
“Re-examining Paul's Use of ʼΈktrōma in 1 Corinthians 15:8”, Maynooth Theological Journal 3.1 (2013) 2-9.
“God and the Wind in Qoheleth 3,15”, Biblische Notizen 167 (2015) 79-97.
“Peter and Paul in Rome”, People and Places of Rome (ed. Peter Hatlie)

*Finished, in process of publication

“Jesús y la pecadora anónima en Lucas 7,36-50”, Reseña Bíblica (Verbo Divino: Madrid)

                        *Finished, in process of publication



Pontifical Biblical Commission, The Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture (Liturgical Press: Collegeville, MN, 2014).  

*With Stephen Gregg and Fearghus O’Fearghail



Brant Pitre, Jesus and the Last Supper (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2015), for Irish Theological Quarterly

                        *Due June 2016


“A Word to Enkindle”, The Texas Catholic (monthly; 2014-present).


Scholarly Activities

“Letter and Spirit Institute” seminar: St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, July 2014
Robert L. Wilken Ecumenical Colloquium at Baylor University, February 2014 and 2016
Nostra Aetate discussion group at University of Dallas, member and lead panelist for discussions on Islam and Marc Chagall: Fall 2015-Spring 2016
Second Century Ecumenical Seminar participant: Spring 2016



Phi Beta Kappa, inducted 2005
Academy of Catholic Theology, member (2014-present)
Society of Biblical Literature, member (2015-present)
Catholic Biblical Association (request for membership submitted)


Teaching Experience:

Cistercian Preparatory School

Confirmation prep- 8th grade (Spring 2006)
Old Testament- 7th grade (2007-2008, 2014-2015)
World Religions and Apologetics- seniors (2013-present)


University of Dallas

Assistant Chaplain for the UD Rome Program (2011-2013; Sacramental/pastoral work, assisting with retreats, on-site lectures on historical and biblical topics in Rome, Venice, Assisi, and Greece)
THE 1301: Understanding the Bible (Spring-Fall 2014, Spring 2016)
THE 1312: Elementary Biblical Hebrew (Fall 2016)
THE 3322: Old Testament Prophets (Fall 2015)
THE 3326: Paul and Acts of the Apostles (Spring 2016)
THE 4V57: Biblical Greek (Fall 2013, Fall 2015)
THE 4V57: Christianity Among World Religions (Spring 2015)
THE 6321: Pentateuch (Fall 2016)
THE 6322: Old Testament Prophets (Fall 2015)