Thomas Worcester, S.J.

B.A.; M.T.S.; Lic. Phil.; S.T.L.; Ph.D. 

President, Regis College
Professor of Church History

Room 301; ext. 275

Teaching Level: Basic Degree, Full GCTS Full 
Specializations: Church History: early modern 

Born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, Thomas Worcester studied French language and literature at Columbia University before earning Master’s degrees in theology at Harvard Divinity School and Weston School of Theology. He received his Ph.D. in History from Cambridge University, where his dissertation focused on preaching and religious culture in early seventeenth-century France.


For more than two decades he was a professor in the History Department at the College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts), where his courses included Louis XIV’s France, Jesuits and Global Catholicism, Saints and Sinners, and The Papacy in the Modern World.


He was trained as a spiritual director at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California.

  • Research Interests and Expertise

  • Courses

    • RGH 3061H Saints as Cultural History

  • Publications, workshops and lectures

    General editor

    The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits, Cambridge University Press, 2017.


    “Jesuit Studies in the Age of a Jesuit Pope,” Renaissance Quarterly 69 (2016): 1401-12.

    “St. Francis de Sales and Jesuit Rhetorical Education,” in Traditions of Eloquence: The Jesuits and Modern Rhetorical Education,” edited by Cinthia Gannett and John Brereton, Fordham University Press, 2016, pp.  102-115.

    “Friends as Liabilities: Christophe de Beaumont’s Defence of the Jesuits,” in The Jesuit Suppression in Global Context: Causes, Events, and Consequences, edited by Jeffrey Burson and Jonathan Wright, Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 65-79.