Garrett Galvin, OFM

  • Executive Vice Pres./Rector
  • Assoc. Prof. of Sacred Scripture
  • Title IX Coordinator



  • PhD Catholic University of America
  • MA Graduate Theological Union
  • MA Catholic University of America

“Within biblical call narratives we find a very counter-cultural element in the idea of vocation and obedience. I believe the two go together hand in glove. In most of these call narratives, we find some difficult demands being made. The biblical figure is not immediately attracted to the idea that God is telling them what to do. The important element of obedience that we find in these call narratives is that they are a conversation. Moses does not feel up to the task; Jeremiah argues that he is too young. We can only imagine what Hosea was feeling and Amos tells us that he had no preparation for his role as a prophet. Yet, all these figures continued their conversation with their God, either implicitly or explicitly. For me, this is the real counter-cultural message here. Rather than ending the conversation or ignoring God, they continued the conversation. They were willing to move from a place of comfort and security to a place of faith and trust in God’s presence and strength.”

Garrett Galvin, OFM graduated from the University of California, Irvine and joined the Franciscan Friars in 1992. He began teaching full time at the Franciscan School of Theology in 2009, which moved to Oceanside and affiliated with the University of San Diego in 2013. He published his first book, Egypt as a Place of Refuge (Mohr Siebeck) in 2011 and David’s Successors: Kingship in the Old Testament will be coming out in 2016. He regularly helps at a prison and gives retreats and days of recollection.


Genesis 1-11: Creation and Sin

An exegesis course introducing students to the heavily structured content of Genesis 1-11 in the stories of creation, sin and redemption, with exploration of the tension between science and religion.

Introduction to the Old Testament

An integrated overview of the Old Testament, its main theological traditions and the historical contexts in which they grew.

Introduction to The New Testament

An Introduction to the New Testament writings in their historical, cultural, social and religious contexts, with reflection on reading and use of scripture today.

Select Publications


Egypt as a Place of Refuge. FAT II. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011. (reviews appeared in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament and Journal of Hebrew Studies.)

David’s Successors: Kingship in the Old Testament. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.


“Priests and Prophets” in The Bible Today 50 (2012): 273-78.

Commentary for 1 Samuel, Paulist Biblical Commentary, (ed. Richard Clifford) (forthcoming – under contract) [18,000 words]