Cross, James

Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Department of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion

Phone: 757-227-4450



  • B.A. Psychology, Seton Hall University
  • M.A. Pastoral Ministry, Seton Hall University
  • Ph.D. Systematic Theology, Duquesne University


Dr. Cross is a native of New Jersey. He entered the teaching profession in 1990 and has been a full time faculty member at Saint Leo University since 2010. He studies, teaches, and publishes on theology because he believes that the truth and holiness found in world religions are necessary for the fulfillment of each human person and community. His primary research interest is the relationship between morality and rituals, beginning with his doctoral dissertation on the Revised Roman Catholic Rite of Penance, and continuing within two peer reviewed publications by Orbis Books. His dissertation includes his original proposal of a sacramental response to the relatively new aspect of social ethics known as social sin. Leisure includes healthy cooking, sports, and film viewing with family and friends.

Community Affiliation:

  • Active member, Section Convener, and Referee of Papers in the College Theology Society

Teaching & Professional Interests:

  • M.A. level courses taught: Christian Ethics1; Medical Ethics; History of Christianity
  • B.A. level courses taught: Christian Morality; Christian Social Justice; Synoptic Gospels

Honors & Awards:

  • Selected as contributor to the Annual Volume of the College Theology Society (2008 and 2009)
  • Invited to present original scholarly papers at 2 colleges and 6 universities between 2004 and 2014

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