Fr.James P. Oberle, P.S.S.

Fr. Oberle is a priest of the Society of St. Sulpice (The Community was founded at the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris in 1641. Fr. Oberle received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a focus on health care policy.  He served as the director of planning and research at the Maryland State Office on Aging and then as the Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Health and Long Term Care in the US House of Representatives. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religion and Spirituality and with the American Society on Aging. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Dallas for seven years and joined the full time faculty in 2016.


Ph.D., University of Maryland
S.T.B. Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome
S.T.L. Pontifical Institute of Spirituality (The Teresianum), Rome 

Recent Courses

THE 1310 Understanding the Bible
THE 2311 Western Theological Tradition
THE 4v57 Christian Mysticism & Mystical Theology
THE 4351 Christian Spirituality
THE 4352 History of Patristic Spirituality
THE 4354 History of Modern Spirituality

Research Interests

 Contemplative theology and theology of aging. 

Selected Publications

End of Life Decisions, Aging Today, Fall 2014

Prayer, Worship and Religious Ritual. Generations Winter 2008

Christianity. Doorway Thoughts. (Co-Author) Spring 2008

Forgiveness;  Is it Possible? Aging and Spirituality, 2002

The Sacrament of Anointing, Catholic World

Can We Uplift the Spirit as the Body Slows Down?  The National Council on the Aging, Inc., Washington, DC, 1994

The National Clergy Leadership Project:  To Prepare for an Aging Society, The National Council on the Aging, Inc., Washington, DC, 1994


Happier Ending, Aging Today

Growing Old in Christ, Aging and Spirituality.

The Spiritual Life of Children, Social  Thought, Volume XVII, Number 3,  Summer 1991

The Limits of the Papacy, Social Thought, Volume XIV, Number 4, Fall 1988