Curriculum Vitae

Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M.
Professor of Religious Studies
Siena College
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville NY 12211-1462


B.A. Siena College, 1975 (Modern Languages)
M.A. Washington Theological Union, 1980 (Theology)
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1990 (Historical Theology)


Medieval mysticism, Reformation studies, Calvin studies, Christology, Interreligious Dialogue. 


Religious Studies courses:

Religion in Western Culture
Introduction to Biblical Studies
Introduction to Religious Thought
Introduction to Christian Theology
The Modern Search for Jesus
The Reformation of Christendom
American Catholicism
The Franciscan Tradition
Sacramental Theology
The Contemporary Church
Christian Mysticism (Seminar)
Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue (Seminar)

Interdisciplinary courses:

Foundations Sequence I and II
Seminar and Internship in Franciscan Service and Advocacy
Interdisciplinary Studies II: Truth and the Media
Perspectives on Women and Minorities
Introduction to Peace Studies  



Bernard of Clairvaux: Essential Writings. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2000.

Ordinary Mysticism. New York: Paulist Press, 1996.

Union with Christ: John Calvin and the Mysticism of St. Bernard. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1994.

Articles and Essays:

"Calvin and Sacramentality: A Catholic Perspective."  In John Calvin and Roman Catholicism: Critique and Engagement, Then and Now. Edited by Randall C. Zachman. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.

"The Legal Drinking Age Exacerbates Underage Drinking." In Should the Legal Drinking Age Be Lowered? Edited by Stefan Kiesbye. At Issue Series. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2008.

"John Calvin's Mysticism and the Treatise 'Against the Libertines.'" In Truth as Gift: Studies in Medieval Cistercian History in Honor of John R. Sommerfeldt. Edited by Marsha Dutton et al. Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 2004.

"John Calvin and Mysticism: An Introduction." Hungryhearts Vol. 13, No. 4 (Winter 2004).

"Christ at the Center: The Legacy of the Reformed Tradition." Bulletin of the Institute for Reformed Theology, Winter 2004.

Essays on "Theological Themes." Lectionary Homiletics. February-March 2003.

“Dominus Iesus: A Stumbling Block to Reformed-Catholic Dialogue?” In Concord Makes Strength: Essays in Reformed Ecumenism. Edited by John W. Coakley. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002.

Essays on "Theological Themes." Lectionary Homiletics. January 2002.

"Bernard of Clairvaux as Spiritual Guide." Chicago Studies 38:1, Spring 1999.

"Bernard of Clairvaux." In Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters. Edited by Donald McKim. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1998.

Essays on "Theological Themes." Lectionary Homiletics. June 1996, April 1997.

"Bernard of Clairvaux in the Thought of Meister Eckhart." Cistercian Studies Quarterly 1994, Vol. 28:1.

Book Reviews:

We Walk the Path Together: Learning from Thich Nhat Hahn and Meister Eckhart by Brian J. Pierce. Reviewed in Multicultural Review 15:3 (Fall 2006):74-75.

Bernard of Clairvaux on the Life of the Mind by John Sommerfeldt. Reviewed in Theological Studies 66:4 (Dec. 2005): 932.

Mystics of the Christian Tradition by Steven Fanning. Reviewed in Journal of Religion 83:3 (July 2003): 442-43.

The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance by Dorothee Soelle. Reviewed in The Christian Century 18:33 (December 5, 2001): 28.

Calvin and Bernard of Clairvaux by Anthony N. S. Lane. Reviewed in Sixteenth Century Journal 31:4 (Winter 2000): 1201-1203.

An Introduction to Catholic Theology, edited by Richard Lennan. Reviewed in New Theology Review 13:3 (August 2000): 95-96.

Calvin in Context by David Steinmetz. Reviewed in Church History 66:4 (December 1997): 811-12.

Bernhard von Clairvaux: Rezeption und Wirkung im Mittelalter und in der Neuzeit, edited by Kaspar Elm. Reviewed in Church History 66:1 (March 1997): 93-95.

The Colloquy of Montbéliard by Jill Raitt. Reviewed in Journal of Religion 75:1 (January 1995): 121-22.

German Mystical Writings, edited by Karen Campbell. Reviewed in Cistercian Studies Quarterly 29:1 (1994):16-17.

History, Society, and the Churches: Essays in Honor of Owen Chadwick, edited by Derek Beales and Geoffrey Best. Reviewed in Journal of Religion 67:1 (January 1987): 103 104.


From French. In Christian Spirituality I, ed. Bernard McGinn and John Meyendorff. Crossroad Press, 1985.

"Monasticism and Asceticism: Western Christianity." (Jean Leclercq)
"Ways of Prayer and Contemplation: Western." (Jean Leclercq)
"Spirituality in Celtic and Germanic Society." (Pierre Riché)


Music, film, photography.