Dr. Ximena DeBroeck
Dr. Ximena DeBroeckOnline Theology Faculty
PhD, Systematic Theology Duquesne University
STL, Biblical Studies St. Mary’s Seminary & University
MA, Sacred Scripture St. Vincent Seminary
BSN, University of Texas at Austin

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Ximena was born in Ecuador and moved to the US in 1981. She’s been married for 38 years and has four adult children and five grandkids. She worked as a Critical Care Registered Nurse from 1985-1999 and then began her theology career in 2005. Her husband was active-duty military and they lived in Europe for six years.

She currently teaches at Saint Joseph’s (since 2019) and at Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD. Other institutions she has taught at include as an invited professor at the University of Notre Dame and the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, at St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, MD, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Vincent Seminary, and Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, nature walks, cross-stitching, and most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her interests include the intersection of theology and psychology, Innovative Pedagogical Methods, and Lectio Divina in small groups and group theological reflection.


Catholic Biblical Association (CBA)
Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
Catholic Biblical Association (CBA)
Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC)
Academy of Catholic Theology (ACT)



DeBroeck, Ximena, Gabriel Fierro. Manual para proclamadores de la palabra 2023. Liturgical Training Publications, July 2022.

DeBroeck, Ximena, Raúl H. Lugo Rodríguez, and Raúl Duarte Castillo. Manual para proclamadores de la palabra 2022. Liturgical Training Publications, July 2021.

DeBroeck, Ximena, Directorio para Catequesis, Guía para Líderes, USCCB, 2021 (electronic publication).

DeBroeck, Ximena, Forming Intentional Disciples Study Guide, Our Sunday Visitor, March 2014. Trans to Spanish, March 2016


DeBroeck, Ximena. Review of Scripture and Social Justice: Catholic and Ecumenical Essays by Anathea Portier-Young and Gregory E. Sterling, eds. Fortress Academic, 2018. Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (April 9, 2020).

DeBroeck, Ximena. Review of Sacrifice and Atonement: Psychological Motives and Biblical Patterns by Stephen Finlan. Fortress Press, 2016. Horizons 44, no. 1 (June 2017): 207-209.


DeBroeck, Ximena. “The Gift,” Give Us This Day, Vol. 12:6, 68-69, June 2022.

DeBroeck, Ximena. “In Our Thoughts & In Our Words,” Give Us This Day, Vol.12:2, 282-283, Feb 2022.

DeBroeck, Ximena. “Vocation in Pauline Literature: God’s Call Interrupts the Familiar Path.” The Bible Today, Vol. 60, Issue 1, Jan-Feb 2022.

DeBroeck, Ximena. “Mary and Eve: Our Mothers,” Give Us This Day, Vol. 11:5, 244-245, May 2021.

DeBroeck, Ximena. “Newness in Ezekiel’s Vision for the Future: New Temple, New Heart, New Spirit, and New Identity.” The Bible Today, Vol. 58, Issue 6, Nov-Dec 2020.

DeBroeck, Ximena. “Jeremiah, the Blessing and Cost of Being a Prophet.” Give Us This Day, Vol. 10:7, 208-209, July 2020.

DeBroeck, Ximena. “Confirmation: Initiation not Completion, One Theology with Many Approaches.” The Catechetical Review 3, no.3 (2017): 28-29.

DeBroeck, Ximena. “Sacramental Formation & the New Evangelization: Confirmation.” Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization 3, no.4, 2015.

DeBroeck, Ximena. “Sacramental Formation & the New Evangelization: Infant Baptism and the Eucharist.” Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization 3, no.3, 2015.

DeBroeck, Ximena. “The RCIA and the New Evangeliztion.” Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization 3, no.4, 2014.

DeBroeck, Ximena. “Initial Preparation to Encounter Christ in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation A New Evangelization Perspective” in Catechetical Sunday 2014, USCCB, May 2014

Unique Excursions/Trips with Students

CRS Humanitarian Mission trip to Lebanon & Jordan with seminarians