Over the past 20 years, Fr Luigi Gioia has been actively involved in a variety of contexts: academia (Oxford, the Pontifical University of S. Anselmo in Rome, Cambridge, St John Collegeville, MN, USA), pastoral (as novice master in France, as abbot in Italy, as assistant priest in St Paul Knightsbridge in London), administrative (as director of the library in S. Anselmo) and organizational (as creator and academic director of the course on Leadership and the Rule of St Benedict and as Director of the Formation Program Quest in St Paul Knightsbridge, London). This has acquainted him with the religious contexts of many European countries: France, UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. Moreover, especially since 2011, he has given many academic talks and preached retreats in USA, Korea, China, Philippines, Ghana, Australia, and Canada. These experiences have considerably expanded his knowledge of the contemporary spiritual, theological and ecclesial scenes. In several of these contexts he has actively worked to raise funds for the activities entrusted to him.
Fr Luigi Gioia also has inside knowledge of both Oxford and Cambridge universities and their collegiate system. Besides his five years in Oxford, he has spent the academic year 2016-17 as visiting scholar at the Divinity Faculty in Cambridge. He has been connected with four colleges (Christ Church and St Benet’s Hall in Oxford, Magdalene and St Edmunds in Cambridge).
Besides his academic works, Fr Luigi Gioia has written several wide-audience books of spirituality in Italian and in English. His book on prayer published by Bloomsbury in 2017 was chosen as the Archbishop of Canterbury Lent Book for 2018. His books have been translated in several languages. His spiritual meditations have been published by The Tablet, Crux, America Magazine.
‘The Structure of Augustin’s inquisitio in the De Trinitate: a Theological Issue’, F. Young, M. Edwards, P. Parvis (eds.), Studia Patristica vol. XLIII – Papers presented at the Fourteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2003, Leuven-Paris-Dudley, MA, 2006, 101-106.
‘La connaissance du Dieu Trinité chez saint Augustin. Par delà les embarras de l’analogie et de l’anagogie’, in E. Durand, V. Holzer (eds.), Les sources du renouveau trinitaire au XXe siècle, Cogitatio Fidei, Cerf Paris 2008, 97-139.
The theological epistemology of Augustine’s De Trinitate, OUP, Oxford 2008.
‘Una deviazione ontologica e teista nella dottrina trinitaria di Agostino?’, Medioevo 37 (2012), 9-26.
‘Il segreto dell’osservanza monastica in due cronache olivetane del XV secolo’, Hagiologica. Studi per Réginald Grégoire, Monastero S. Silvestro, Fabriano 2012, I, 569-94.
“Augustine’s De Trinitate”, T&T Clark companion to Augustine and modern theology, Pecknold, C., & Toom, T. (ed.), T & T Clark, London 2013, 3-19.
Review of Augustine and the Trinity by Lewis Ayres, Cambridge University Press, 2010, Reviews in Religion & Theology 20/4, 540-3.
“Il carattere teologale, storico ed ecclesiale dell’identità personale in Agostino”, Gregorianum 95/4 (2014), 487-509.
Review The Edge of Words. God and the Habits of Language by Rowan Williams, Bloomsbury, London 2014, One in Christ 48.2 (2014), 326-332.
“Morte e autenticità nell’attività teologica”, Gregorianum 96/2 (2015), 253-264.
“Benedictine Monasticism: An Ecclesial Spirituality”, Cistercian Studies Quarterly 51.2 (2016), 147-56.
The theological epistemology of Augustine’s De Trinitate, OUP, Oxford (2016). Paperback edition with a foreword by Rowan Williams.
“Pietà urbana e vocazione monastica in Bernardo Tolomei e i suoi compagni, fondatori di monte oliveto”, in Beata Civitas. Pubblica pietà e devozioni private nella Siena del ’300, Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi (Siena, 28-30 ottobre 2010), A. Benvenuti and P. Piatti (eds), SISMEL-Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Firenze [Toscana Sacra, 5] 2016.
“The Threat of Death As a Test for Theological Authenticity”, The Practice of the Presence of God: Theology As a Way of Life, Ed. Martin Laird and Sheelah Treflé Hidden, Routledge, New York 2017, 120-9.
“The Sapiential Dimension of Monastic Theology in the Light of the Second Vatican Council”, American Benedictine Review 68/1 (2017), 29-56.
“Word of God and Monasticism in Karl Barth”, American Benedictine Review 68/4 (2017), 418-432
“Il rapporto tra Parola e Scrittura alla luce dell’identità tra rivelazione e riconciliazione nella teologia di Karl Barth”, in Parola e Scrittura. Atti della giornata di studi interfacoltà 6 ottobre 2015, ed. Eduardo López-Tello García Philippe Nouzille, Olivier-Marie Sarr, Studia Anselmiana, Roma 2017, 17-28.
Luigi Gioia and Müller-Stewens Günter, “Using Knowledge from Management Science in the Context of the Church: Possibilities and Limitations” and “Strategy Making: Providing Orientation and Sense”, in Günter Müller-Stewens and Notker Wolf (eds) Leadership in the Context of Religious Institutions. The Case of Benedictine Monasteries, CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance, Springer, Cham 2017, 11-25 and 59-79
Wide Audience Publications
Regardez le Rocher d’où l’on vous a taillés. Documents primitifs de la Congrégation Bénédictine du Mont-Olivet. Latin text and French Translation, Maylis (France) 2016.
Bernardo Tolomei e lo spirito della famiglia monastica di Monte Oliveto, Ed. Cantagalli, Siena 2004.
La Chiesa, Popolo di Dio in cammino nella storia, Tau Editrice, Todi 2015.
Mi guida la tua mano. Omelie sui vangeli domenicali dell’anno A, Dehoniane, Bologna 2016.
La saggezza del monaco. Spiritualità monastica e vita della Chiesa, Dehoniane, Bologna 2017.
“Visione, forza e compassione nella leadership cristiana: la lezione dei monaci di Tibhirine”, Vita Nostra 7/1 (2017), 90-100.
“Bencés szerzetesség: egy egyházias spiritualitás”, Sapientiana 10/1 9 (2017), 88-98.
Educati alla fiducia. Omelie sui vangeli domenicali dell’anno B, Dehoniane, Bologna 2017.
Say it to God. In search of prayer, The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2017, Bloomsbury, London 2017.
Touched by God. In search of contemplative prayer, Bloomsbury, London 2018.
Nelle Braccia del Padre. Omelie sui vangeli domenicali dell’anno C, Dehoniane, Bologna 2018.
“Single Living and Prayer”, Preach Magazine 19 (2019), 26-30.
“The Clerical Trap”, The Tablet 5th October 2019.
St Benedict’s Wisdom. Monastic Spirituality and the Life of the Church, Liturgical Press, Collegeville (MN) 2020.
Recent Talks (sample)
“Knowledge and Conversion in Augustine’s De Trinitate”, Colloquium on Augustine’s De Trinitate, Bonn University (Germany), 11th–14th December 2011.
“La conoscenza di sé nel De Trinitate di Agostino: identità personale, alienazione e vocazione”, Congress Il De Trinitate di Agostino di Ippona: aspetti filosofici e filologici, Università degli Studi, Padova, 12th April 2012.
“Per una teologia sapienziale monastica alla luce di LG e GS: la realtà della chiesa e la realtà del mondo”, Congress Vaticano II e Monachesimo. Per una teologia sapienziale monastica, Camaldoli 4th October 2013.
“Death and authenticity in theological activity, Congress The practice of the presence of God: Theology as a way of life, Heyhtrop College, University of London, London, 11th January 2014.
“La saggezza e la follia: sono così diverse?”, Lectures on Littera et Spiritus. Dialoghi spirituali ebraico-cristiani su testi del Primo (Antico) Testamento, Centro Cardinal Bea per gli Studi Giudaici, , Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome, 18th February 2014.
“Il libro IV del De Trinitate di Agostino”, Lectio Augustini 2014, University of Pavia, 24th April 2014.
“Primacy of God’s action and undoing of the subject in Benedictine spirituality”, Convegno Ascetical Practice in a Secular Culture: A New Approach to Prayer and the Brain”, John Templeton Foundation’s Humble Approach Initiative, Villa Palazzola, Roma, 21st-23rd September 2014.
“La comunione nella meditazione trinitaria di Agostino”, Congress Una Trinitas et trina Unitas. Persona e comunità, Centro di Studi Agostiniani, Tolentino, 9th-10th October 2014.
“Il libro VIII del De Trinitate di Agostino”, Lectio Augustini 2015, University of Pavia, 22nd April 2015.
“Il rapporto tra Parola e Scrittura alla luce dell’identità tra rivelazione e riconciliazione nella teologia di Karl Barth”, paper delivered at the Pontifical University of S. Anselmo, Roma, at the Congress Parola, Scrittura, Liturgia: ermeneutiche dell’umano, 6th October 2015.
“The recent practice of synodality and its ecclesiological significance in the light of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium”, paper delivered at the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta 21th-24th November 2015, at the seminar What is point of Synods? organized by the Ecclesiological Investigations Group.
“Celebrazioni liturgiche in società secolarizzate”, Centro Cardinal Bea per gli Studi Giudaici, Gregorian Pontifical University (Rome), 20th of January 2016.
“Word of God and monasticism in Karl Barth”, International Ecumenical Conference Parables of Communion. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of One in Christ, A Catholic Ecumenical Journal, Rostrevor (Ireland) 19th-22nd October 2016.
“Il libro XV e la dottrina dell’immagine di Dio nel De Trinitate di Agostino”, Lectio Augustini 2017, University of Pavia, 20nd April 2017.
“The promise of intimacy: Searching for the divine in modern times”, Coexist House, London, 31 May 2018.
“Experiencing God in Prayer”, talk to the St Anselm Community, Lambeth Palace, London 12 February 2018.
Workshop on “Contemplative Humanity and Spiritual Guidance”, Department of School of Theology, St John University, Collegeville, Minnesota (US), 29th March 2019.
“The Priest as ‘Another Christ’ (alter Christus): the Spiritual and Theological Roots of Clericalism”, Intersdisciplinary Workshop on Clericalism and Sexuality, Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry, University of Cambridge, 18-20 September 2019.