Senior Fellows

Dr. André Villeneuve

Dr. André Villeneuve is Assistant Professor of Theology and Sacred Scripture at the St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, Colorado.  He received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013 as recipient of the "President's Scholarship," writing his dissertation on "Nuptial Symbolism at Key Moments of Salvation History according to Second Temple Writings, the New Testament, and Rabbinical Literature."

While in Jerusalem, André also studied at the Salesian Pontifical University (Jerusalem campus), and he spent a semester at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as recipient of the Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Fellowship offered by the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies (2009).  He previously obtained an M.A. in Theology and Catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville (2005), an M.A. in Jazz Saxophone from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria (1998), and a B. Com. from the University of Ottawa (1992).

Born in Ottawa, Canada, André grew up in a Catholic family but became agnostic in his early twenties.  While studying jazz in Austria, he volunteered with a Christian humanitarian organization assisting war refugees in Croatia and Bosnia, and this experience led to a dramatic conversion to Christ through an evangelical church.  After moving to Jerusalem to pursue biblical studies, André worked in the music department of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and became involved with the Messianic Jewish movement, serving as worship leader in a Messianic community in Tel Aviv.  His study of Judaism and early Christianity eventually led him back into the Catholic Church in 2002. His main areas of interest are the study of Sacred Scripture, the Jewish roots of the Catholic faith, and fostering the reconciliation of Israel and the Church through the work of Catholics for Israel.

Curriculum Vitae

Citizenship: Canadian

Modern: French, English (native), Hebrew (excellent), German (very good), Italian (very good).
Ancient: Biblical Hebrew (very good), Koine Greek (very good), Latin, Bib. Aramaic (fair).


Oct 05 – June 12 Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ph.D. in Religious Studies (New Testament and Ancient Judaism)

Sept 09 – May 12 Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Jerusalem
  S.T.B. (Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology) – pending completion

Feb – June 09 Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Recipient of Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Fellowship 
offered by the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies

Sept 03 – Aug 05 Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville (Ohio)
  M.A. in Theology (specialization in catechetics)
  Graduated with honors (G.P.A. 3.98/4)

Sept 98 – June 99 Israel College of the Bible, Jerusalem, Israel
  Biblical / theological studies

Oct 93 – June 98 University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz, Austria
  Masters in Jazz Saxophone (Mag. Art.)

Sept 90 – May 93 Music Conservatory in Hull (Québec), Canada
  Unanimous First Prize (Saxophone), Diplôme d’Études Supérieures

Sept 88 – Apr. 92 University of Ottawa, Canada
  Honors Bachelor of Commerce, Magna cum Laude
  Specialization: Management Science/Computer Science

Work Experience

Aug 12 – present Assistant Professor of Theology
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver CO

Summers 2012, 13 Adjunct Professor of Theology
Franciscan University of Steubenville OH

Aug 11 – May 12 Freelance Writer
Israeli Ministry of Tourism; Travellujah Travel Blog, Jerusalem

Aug 10 – May 12 Translator and news broadcaster
Franciscan Media Center, Jerusalem

Oct 09 – May 10 Assistant administrator, Commission for Christian Pilgrimages
Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land

Oct 08 – Jun 09 Research assistant for Dr. Faydra Shapiro (W. Laurier University, Canada)

Jan 06 – Jun 07 Catechist for adult faith formation and music leader
(Hebrew-Catholic community in Israel). 

Sep 03 – Sep 05 Franciscan University of Steubenville ministries: Member of campus faith formation team; catechist to prison inmates; mission trips to Georgia, Jamaica, California; volunteer for high school retreats; leader of various liturgical music teams.

Jun 99 – Mar 01 Production assistant, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.  
Assisted in the planning, organization and production of the Christian Feast of Tabernacles and other concerts and events.

Sep 96 – Jun 98 Music team leader and youth leader, Quelle des Lebens Church, Graz, Austria.  Mission trip to India in 1997.

Sep 94 – Jun 98 Saxophone teacher, Instrumental-Vocal-Institute, Graz, Austria.

Dec 93 – Sep 96 Volunteer relief worker, International Humanitarian Organization River of Life; Assistance to war refugees in ex-Yugoslavia, Zagreb, Croatia;

Aug 89 - Apr 93 Senior computing advisor, University of Ottawa Computing Center.

May 90 - Aug 90 Software developer and tester, Corel Systems, Ottawa, Canada.

Publications and Research
May 2012 “Nuptial Symbolism at Key Moments of Salvation History according to Second Temple Writings, the New Testament and Rabbinical Literature” 
(Ph.D. Dissertation, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
May 2012 “The Burnt House: Remembering Jerusalem’s Destruction” (
Apr 2012 “From the March of the Living to the March for Life” (
Mar 2012 “Rediscovering the Holy Temple of Jerusalem” (
Mar 2012 “Holy Week and Easter in Jerusalem” (
Feb 2012 “Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus” (
Jan 2012 “German-Israeli Reconciliation… in Yad Vashem and Auschwitz” (
Jan 2012 “70 Years Later: German Christian Leaders Remember the Wannsee Conference” (
Jan 2012 “Celebrating the Baptism of Jesus with the Franciscans of the Holy Land” (

Dec 2011 “Ein Karem: Home of John the Baptist and Place of the Visitation” 
Dec 2011 “The Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion” (
Dec 2011 “Advent: Preparing for Christmas in Bethlehem and Jerusalem” (
Nov 2011 “St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda” (
Nov 2011 “St. John in the Desert” (
Oct 2011 “At the Jordan River where Jesus was Baptized” (
Sep 2011 “Israel between Past, Present and Future” (
Sep 2011 “Jerusalem Old City Arabs on the Palestinian State, Conflict and Peace” (
Aug 2011 “Biblical Revelation and the Land of Israel” (
Jul 2011 “Elephants in the Room? The Hidden Roots of the Crisis of the Church in the Holy Land” (
May 2011 “Conflict and Peace: Between Myth and Reality” (
Dec 2010 “The Immaculate Conception and Israel as ‘Womb’ of the Second Coming” (
Nov 2010 “Intra-Catholic Tension on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Dialogue with Fr. Jamal Khader” (
Nov 2010 “A Response to ‘The Catholic Liturgy and Supersessionism’ by Fr. Brian Harrison (
Nov 2010 “The Father and the Two Sons: A New Parable on Replacement Theology” (
Oct 2009 “A Response to Robert Sungenis” (
Oct 2009 “Why Don’t (Most) Jews Believe in Jesus?” (
May 2009 “Analysis: Pope Benedict’s Visit in Israel” (
May 2009 “Holy Land or Israel?” (
May 2008 “Mystical Marriage and Temple Imagery in the New Testament: A Case of Mystagogy in Scripture” (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Dec 2007 “The Blessed Trinity” (
Nov 2007 “The Divinity of the Messiah” (
Nov 2007 “A Catholic View of the End Times” (
Oct 2007 “Why Be Catholic?” (
Sep 2007 “The River of Ezekiel’s Temple” (
Aug 2007 “The Story of Salvation” (
Aug 2005 “A Catechetical Plan for the Hebrew-Catholic Community in Israel” 
(Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH)
Apr 2004 “The Catholic Liturgical Life as New Exodus” (
Dec 2003 “Israel: A Prophetic Sign?” (
Jan 2003 “The Tendencies of Evangelicalism” (
Feb 2002 “A Prodigal Son Returns Home: My Return to the Catholic Church” (
Dec 1998 “The Feasts of Israel: A Shadow of the Messiah” (

Presentations, Talks and Lectures

Nov 2012 Faculty Colloquium: “Why Israel Matters” 
Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver

Jun 2012 “The Bridegroom and the Temple: Divine Worship as Mystical Marriage in the New Testament”, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct 2010 “Between Rome and Jerusalem: Caught in the Dramatic Love Story of Israel and the Church”, Association of Hebrew Catholics Conference, St. Louis, MO

Jul 2009 “The Final Marriage: The Dramatic Love Story of Israel and the Church”
Saint John Bosco Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH

Sep 2006 God’s Story, Our Story: Our Role in God’s Plan of Salvation 
ScriptureFest diocesan catechetical conference, Edmonton, Canada

Academic Conferences Attended

June 2013 Jerome D. Quinn Institute of Biblical Studies Conference, St. Paul

November 2012 Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Chicago

Summers 2007-13 Attended several theological/biblical conferences, where I also worked as musician, Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH.

May 2009 International symposium: Paul in His Jewish Matrix
Pontifical Gregorian University & Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome

Oct 05 – May 12 Attended numerous conferences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Contests / Awards / Scholarships

2010-2012 President’s Scholarship, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Spring 2009 Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Fellowship at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, offered by the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies.
2003-2005 Full scholarship awarded by the Hebrew-Catholic community in Israel for graduate theological studies at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.
Oct. 1994 Participation in the First Adolphe Sax International Competition, Dinant, Belgium.
July 1993 1st Place, Canadian Music Competitions national final, Montreal, Québec.
June 1993 5th Place, Concours Prix d’Europe, Montréal, Québec.
April 1993 Scholarship for graduate studies awarded by Le Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l’Aide à la Recherche (Government of Quebec).
May 1992 Provincial Finalist, Canadian Music Competitions, Rivière-du-Loup, Québec.
May 1992 Canadian Operational Research Society Award, University of Ottawa
April 1992 Semi-Finalist, Concours d’Interprétation de Musique Francaise, Montréal.
April 1990 Dean’s Honour List, University of Ottawa Faculty of Administration.

Musical Experience

2004-present Saxophonist/flautist for Franciscan University Summer Conferences.
2003-05 Leader of liturgical music group; singer in Beatitudes vocal group; 
2000-03 Leader of gospel band Shachar, Israel.  Produced CD in June 2002.
2002-03 Keyboard player of Beit Immanuel music team, Jaffa, Israel.  Participation in Israel conferences in Toronto (Sept. 2002) and The Hague (March 2003).
July 2002 Saxophone teacher, “Bring the Arts to Life” arts seminar, Linz, Austria.
1995-98 Saxophonist of Simple Man, Jazz-Fusion group, Graz, Austria; 
1996 Saxophonist, Ivan’s Party Breakers entertainment/dance band, Graz, Austria.
1992-93 Saxophonist/Pianist of Conception jazz quintet, Ottawa region, Canada.
1992-93 Member of Saxart saxophone quartet, Ottawa region.
1992 Co-Director of European tour of L’Ensemble Musical Jeunesse youth band.
1987-91 Keyboard player and saxophonist for Hull College ensemble Intersection; European tours in 1989 and 1991.
1990 Musical Director, co-founder and arranger of The Little People Company.
1988-90 Keyboard player and saxophonist for groups Vocalyse and Le Choeur de l’Ile.
1986-88 Leader and keyboard player of rock band Tradewinds, Ottawa region.