Most Reverend James Massa

United States

Location of Activities

North America
Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn
Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, Moderator of the Curia, Vicar for Education, Vicar for Evangelization, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

The Most Reverend James Massa is an Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. A graduate of Boston College and Yale University’s School of Divinity, the Most Reverend Massa pursued his doctorate in systematic theology at Fordham University in New York, where he wrote his dissertation under the late Cardinal Avery Dulles. While serving in various pastoral roles, and later on the faculty of several seminaries, the Most Reverend Massa lectured and published on topics pertaining to fundamental theology, ecumenism and the theology of the church. In 2005, the Most Reverend Massa was named the Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue, where he coordinated national meetings between Catholic leaders and their dialogue partners from other faith traditions.  Three years later, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and a Member of the Joint Working Group between the Holy See and the World Council of Churches. Since 2013 he has served in the Brooklyn Diocese as the Moderator of the Curia and Vicar for Catholic Education. In 2015 Pope Francis named him an Auxiliary Bishop with the Titular See of Bardstown, Kentucky.

Biography as at 23.10.17
Main Publications: 

Doctoral Dissertation:

1.) (Fordham University, 1997). "The Communion Theme in the Writings of Joseph Ratzinger" Unpublished. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan.


1.) “Joseph Ratzinger: Theologian to the Church” in Crisis (March 1996): 26-28.

2.) “Dean of Theology: Avery Dulles at Eighty” in Crisis (September 1998): 16-21.

3.) “Lindbeck’s Vision of the Church” in the Thomist (July 2003): 463-480.

4.) “The Priority of Unity in the Mystery of the Church” in Journal of Ecumenical Studies (Fall 2007): 589-607.

5.) “The Lord’s Day in the Theology of John Paul II” in Antiphon (January 2005): 7-14.

6.) “The Eucharist in the Theology of Pope Benedict XVI” in Concordia Journal (Spring 2008): 54-62.

7.) "Catholic Bishops and Mormons: Building Bridges over Troubled Waters” in Ecumenical Trends (July/August 2009): 109-111.

8.) “Testing the Reception of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification” in Origins (January 14, 2010): 508-513.

Book Reviews:

1.) Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, by Jack Miles; The Prodigal World, by Fulton J. Sheen; The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why It Matters, by Luke Timothy Johnson; The Truth of Catholicism, by George Weigel; Without a Doubt: Bringing Faith To Life, by Thomas J. Tobin. [Reviews for Catholic News Service [Online CNS], published in various diocesan and national newspapers throughout the country.]

2.) “Pigeonholing the Cardinal,” Cardinal Ratzinger: The Vatican’s Enforcer of the Faith by John Allen in Crisis (July/August 2001): 54-56.