Senior Fellows

Dr. Ximena DeBroeck

Dr. Ximena DeBroeck is assistant professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Prior to her appointment at St. Mary’s Seminary, she was the Director of the Archdiocese Baltimore Office for Worship and Sacramental Formation.  Before relocating to Maryland, she taught Scripture, Theology, Spirituality, and Pastoral Ministry at St. Vincent Seminary and Seton Hill University. 

She earned a MA in the theology with a concentration in Scripture (and received the Scripture Award) from Saint Vincent Seminary.  Dr. DeBroeck completed her doctoral studies at Duquesne University.  Her research work focused on the field of biblical theology.  She has created on line courses for the University of Notre Dame Institute for Church Life and for the University of Dayton Institute for Pastoral Initiatives. She is also the author of the Study Guide for Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples.

Dr. DeBroeck’s academic interests –biblical theology of sacrifice, sacraments, and discipleship– are directed to the service of the evangelizing mission of the Church.  She is passionate about evangelization, but is mindful that prior to being faithful ministers of the Gospel, first we must become faithful disciples.  


Curriculum Vitae

Education:  Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (2017) / Dissertation: “Becoming a Priestly People: A Biblical Theology of Liturgical Sacrifice as Spiritual Formation.” Director: William M. Wright IV, Ph.D.  M.A.,Theology, St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA- concentration in Sacred Scripture, summa cum laude (2009). BSNursing University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (1985).

Employment Experience: Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore (2015 to present). Faculty for Permanent Diaconate Program, Archdiocese of Baltimore (2015-present). Director of the Office of Worship and Sacramental Formation, Coordinator of Adult Formation, Archdiocese of Baltimore (2013-2015). Adjunct Faculty, St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA (2009 - 2013). Adjunct Faculty, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA (2010-2013). Pathways (Adult Formation Program) faculty, Diocese of Greensburg, PA (2009-2015). Human Formation Liaison Permanent Diaconate Program, Diocese of Greensburg (2011-2013). Master Catechist, Diocese of Pittsburgh (2010-2013). Master Catechist, Diocese of Greensburg (2011-2013).  Coordinator of Faith Formation, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, PA (2006-2009). Pastoral Coordinator, Archdiocese for the Military Services (2004-2005).

Presentations and Publications: various presentations at academic and pastoral conferences.  Guest speaker at diocesan and parish formation gatherings.

Books: Forming Intentional Disciples Study Guide, Our Sunday Visitor, March 2014. Translated to Spanish, March 2016.

Book Reviews: “Sacrifice and Atonement: Psychological Motives and Biblical Patterns”[Stephen Finlan], Horizons, June 2017.  [forthcoming]. “Bridging the Gap: The Christian Sacraments and the Human Belonging” [Roger Grainger], Religious Studies Review 40, no. 2.  June 2014: 84.

Journal Articles: “Confirmation: Initiation not Completion, One Theology with Many Approaches.”  The Catechetical Review, July 2017 [forthcoming].  "Confirmation." Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization 3, no. 4 (2015): 29-34. "Infant baptism and the Eucharist." Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization 3, no. 3 (2015): 21-26. "The RCIA and the New Evangelization." Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization 3, no. 2 (2014): 13-16.  “Initial Preparation to Encounter Christ in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation‑A New Evangelization Perspective” in Catechetical Sunday 2014, USCCB, May 2014.