Rev. Walter Schu, S.Th.D.

Faculty: Integrative Studies

Rev. Walter Schu, S.Th.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Studies


  • S.T.D. in moral theology, Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum: summa cum laude, 2020. Doctoral dissertation on the topic, “The Truth Will Set You Free: John Paul II’s Personalism as the Key to his Theology of the Body.”
  • S.T.L., in moral theology, specializing in marriage and family, Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum: summa cum laude, 2001.
  • S.T.B., Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum, Rome: summa cum laude, 1994.
  • Ph.B., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome: magna cum laude, 1991.
  • Humanities Studies, Salamanca, Spain: magna cum laude, 1984-86.
  • B.A. in philosophy, University of Dallas: summa cum laude, 1982.

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His research interests include philosophical and theological anthropology and their relationship with the psychological sciences, moral theology, sexual morality, especially as seen through the lens of St. John Paul II’s theology of the body, as well as marriage and family.
Fr. Schu grew up on a small farm in southwestern Minnesota, the second of seven children. He entered the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1982 and was ordained a priest in 1994. From 1997 to 2017 he was a teacher at the Novitiate and College of Humanities of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, CT.
From 1993 to 1996 he taught in Rome at the International Center for Higher Studies, giving courses in logic, epistemology, metaphysics, and fundamental moral theology.
From 1986 to 1989 he served as director of studies at the Immaculate Conception Apostolic School in Center Harbor, New Hampshire (a junior and senior high school for young men who desire to become priests).
Fr. Schu is author of “The Splendor of Love,” on Saint John Paul II’s theology of the body. This work has been translated into two volumes in Spanish: “Matrimonio y familia: un nuevo horizonte,” and “La sexualidad en el amor.”
Fr. Schu has given a number of conferences in the United States, Canada, Rome, Mexico and Fiji on the theology of the body and written numerous articles on this topic. George Weigel has referred to theology of the body as “a theological time bomb,” which opens compelling new perspectives on the depth and beauty of married love.

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