Mary Jo Iozzio, PhD

Mary Jo Iozzio, PhD

Professor of Moral Theology


Mary Jo Iozzio is professor of Moral Theology at Barry University, Miami Shores, FL, and Visiting Professor (2006) at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. She was born in Paterson, NJ, to first generation Syrian-American and Italian-American parents. She attended St. Mary Help of Christians Grammar and John F. Kennedy High schools in Paterson; The Pennsylvania State University, earning a BA in History; Providence College, earning an MA in Biblical Studies; and Fordham University, earning an MA in the Theology/History of Religions and the PhD in Systematic/Moral Theology. She received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Award (1998-1999) for a second study on the work of Odon Lottin, OSB.

Dr. Iozzio's primary work is focused on questions of fundamental moral theology, bioethics, feminist ethics and liberation theologies, disability studies, anti-racism social justice, and virtue ethics. She has published five books, Self-Determination and the Moral Act: A Study of the Contributions of Odon Lottin, OSB (1995), Considering Religious Traditions in Bioethics: Christian and Jewish Voices (2001), Called to Something New: A People’s Peace Initiative (2006), Brothers & Sisters All: The Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Initiative, Workshop Teacher’s Manual (2007), and Calling for Justice throughout the World: Catholic Women Theologians Considering the Moral Ramifications of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic (2008). Dr. Iozzio has also published articles in Theological Studies, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Journal of Religion, Disability & Health, Spotlight on Teaching, and the Catholic Peace Voice, and numerous book reviews in professional journals. She is co-editor, along with Patricia Beattie Jung, of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. She is a volume editor for the Journal of Religion, Disability & Health focusing on The Other Casualties of War: Soldiers and Civilians with Disabilities, Compromised Health Care Systems, and Responsive Ethical Reasoning.

Since joining the Barry University faculty in 1993, Dr. Iozzio has served students, the School of Arts & Sciences, and the University with distinction. She remains attentive to both SACSCOC and ATS accreditation compliance. She has served the Faculty Senate Committees on Ethics and Academic Affairs, the Arts & Sciences Graduate Committee, and the University Graduate Council.

Dr. Iozzio is an active member of the American Academy of Religion, Catholic Theological Society of America, Pax Christi USA, and Society of Christian Ethics.

She serves Hollywood, FL, and Miami-Dade and Broward counties' community affairs, Catholic Hospice of Miami-Dade Ethics Committee, Mercy Hospital Miami Ethics Committee, and the Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Team.

She is married to Giuseppe D'Amato, a master cabinet-maker; together they live with their beagle, Mowgli, in Hollywood , FL.


  • Calling for Justice throughout the World: Catholic Women Theologians Considering the Moral Ramifications of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, 2008.
  • Brothers & Sisters All: The Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Initiative, Workshop Teacher’s Manual. Erie, PA: Pax Christi USA, 2007.
  • Called to Something New:”A Peoples' Peace Initiative . . . A Catholic Collaboration to Articulate the Challenges of Peacemaking in the 21 st Century .” Principal author and consultant. Erie: Pax Christi USA , 2006.
  • Self-Determination and the Moral Act: A Study of the Contributions of Odon Lottin, OSB. Leuven, Belgium: Peeters Press, 1995.
  • Considering religious traditions in Bioethics: Christian and Jewish Voices. Scranton, PA: University of Scranton Press, 2001.


  • "Odon Lottin, OSB (1880-1965) and the Renewal of Agent-Centered moral Thought,” The Modern Schoolman 84 (2006): 1-16.
  • "A Persistent Air of Distrust," The Catholic Peace Voice 31/3, 2006.
  •  "Contemplating the Passion of Jesus -Mel Gibson and Stational Piety," Film & History CD-ROM Annual, 2006.
  • "Genetic Anomaly or Genetic Diversity:  Thinking in the Key of Disability," Theological Studies 66:862-881, 2005.
  • "The Writing on the Wall . . . Alzheimer Disease:  A Daughter's Look at Mom's Faithful Care of Dad," Journal of Religion, Disability & Health 9:49 -74, 2005.
  • "Pope John Paul II's Funeral Gathers People of Every Race, Creed, and Nation:  Be Not Afraid," The Catholic Peace Voice 30/3:8, 2005.
  • "An Academic's Encounter with Chronic Illness:  Teaching, Collegiality and Scholarship, and Students with Chronic Conditions," Religious Studies News - AAR Edition, Spotlight on Teaching, May 2005, XI-XII.
  • "Seizing the Teachable Moment for Peace," The Catholic Peace Voice 30/1:6 and 15, 2005.
  • "Disabilities:  thinking not limits but possibilities," Catholic Theological Ethicists in the World Church (the First International Crosscultural Conference for Catholic Theological Ethicists) Padova, Italy, July 10, 2006.
  • "Human Suffering, the Christian God, and Disability," Catholic Theological Society of America Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, June 9, 2006.
  • "The Law as Teacher:  Growing in the Virtues of Prudence and Justice," Barry University School of Law, Orlando, FL , February 15, 2006.
  • "The Lasting Influence of Josef Fuchs, SJ on My Thinking on Freedom," Academic Day, St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach , FL , February 2, 2006.
  • "HIV/AIDS and people with disabilities and the elderly" (Panel:  When God's People Have HIV/AIDS:  Ethical Approaches), Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting, Phoenix , AZ , January 6, 2006.
  • "Applying the PCART analysis to the structures of the National Council of PCUSA," PCUSA National Council Meeting, Erie, PA, December 10, 2005.
  • "An Ethics of Accommodations:  it is right and just," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting , Philadelphia, PA, November 21, 2005.
  • "Discipleship and the End of Life,"  "Disciples and the Disciplines of Virtue," and "Hospitality Welcomes Strangers," Discipleship Days Conference, Archdiocese of Anchorage Office of Evangelization & Worship, Anchorage, AK, September 16-17, 2005. 
  • "Conversations in Ethics:  Ethics of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life," Baptist Hospital Bioethics Program, Baptist Hospital, Miami, FL, May 25, 2005.
  • "A Tale of Two Deaths:  Terri Schiavo (March 31, 2005) and Pope John Paul II (April 2, 2005)," Hospice Foundation of America Teleconference, "Living with Grief:  Ethical Dilemmas at the End of Life," Catholic Hospice and St. Thomas University Institute for Pastoral Ministry, Miami, FL, April 20, 2005.