Jerome A. Magat, SThD

Fr. Jerome is a moral theologian specializing in Catholic Social Teaching regarding human rights and immigration. 

Fr.  Jerome Magat, SThD is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia serving in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

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Fr. Jerome A. Magat, SThD is currently serving as a professor of moral theology at St. Patrick Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California.

Fr. Jerome Magat, SThD is a member of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia serving in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. Government) and was ordained in 2002, after having completed his seminary studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary (M.Div., M.A. in Theology, summa cum laude) in Emmitsburg, MD.  In his eleven years of diocesan service, Fr. Magat was a parochial vicar in four parishes, a marriage Tribunal auditor, an episcopal master of ceremonies and a peer-elected member of the presbyteral council. 

Fr. Magat also founded the Guadalupe Free Clinic of Colonial Beach – his diocese’s first free medical clinic for the poor (est. 2005). The Clinic has been internationally recognized, having received the 2005 International Community Activity Award from the Knights of Columbus, the fraternal order’s highest honor for service work. Fr. Magat has served as the Director of Liturgy and Professor of Homiletics and Liturgy at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA, as well as an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD. In 2016, Fr. Magat was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at Mt. St. Mary’s University. In 2019, Fr. Magat completed a licentiate in Moral Theology (STL) (summa cum laude) and in 2021, he completed a doctorate in Moral Theology (SThD) (summa cum laude) – both at the Accademia Alfonsiana (Pontifical Lateran University) in Rome. His dissertation is entitled, “Recognizing the Unrecognized: Pacem in Terris and the Human Right to Immigrate in an Age of Nation-State Dominance.” Currently, he is serving  as a professor of moral theology at St. Patrick Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California as well as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Redwood City, California.

I’m always seeking effective ways to interpret and imbue the contemporary culture with a Catholic vision for the world. It’s often challenging to move beyond one’s comfort zone to see the real issues beyond popular media narratives that have left our society polarized and broken.

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