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Hoa Trung Dinh, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Moral Theology

Contact Info

Sacred Heart Novitiate
Km. 23, Quirino Highway, Barangay Pasong Putik Proper
1118 Quezon City, Philippines

Tel.: (+63 2) 8461 7453


  • Moral Theology
Current Professional Activities
  • A priest of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus
  • Director of Novices for the Australian Province, based at the Sacred Heart Novitiate, Manila
  • Sessional Lecturer at the Catholic Theological College, the University of Divinity, Australia. https://staff.divinity.edu.au/staff/hoa-dinh/
  • Fellow of the Loyola Institute of the Australian Catholic University
  • Member of the Australian Catholic Theological Association
  • Member of the Catholic Theological Ethicists in the World Church

Areas of Interest

Biomedical ethics, spirituality, narrative ethics, and ethical issues related to HIV/AIDS


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Bachelor of Theology, The Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia
  • Master of Bioethics, Monash University, Australia
  • Master of Theological Studies, The University of Divinity, Australia
  • Licentiate in Theological Ethics, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, USA
  • Doctorate in Theological Ethics, Boston College, USA

Research and Publications

  • Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Theological Medical Ethics: A Virtue-Based Approach (2013), Boston College. This dissertation proposes a model for inculturation and cross-cultural exchange in theological medical ethics based on virtues.
  • Unpublished Licentiate Thesis, The Cross and the Vietnam War: A Narrative for Peace (2008), Weston Jesuit School of Theology. This thesis examines the dominant narratives during the Vietnam War and proposes a theological narrative for peace and reconciliation.
Published Articles
  • Dinh, Hoa Trung (2017) Autonomy Trumps All?: A Kantian Critique of Physician-Assisted Death. Australasian Catholic Record, 94 (4). pp. 466-481. ISSN 0727-3215
  • Dinh, Hoa Trung (2016) The Vietnam War and the Cross: A Narrative for Peace. Australasian Catholic Record, 93 (2). pp. 131-144. ISSN 0727-3215
Book Chapters
  • Dinh, Hoa Trung (2016) Yi-Dao: The Dao of Medicine in the Works of Hai Thuong Lan Ong. In: Doing Asian theological ethics in a cross-cultural and an interreligious context. Dharmaram Publications, Bengaluru, pp. 322-334. ISBN 9789384964368
  • Dinh, Hoa Trung and Stephanie C. Edwards (2020) The Courageous “Middle Way”: Lisa Sowle Cahill’s Contribution to Healthcare Ethics. In Ki Joo Choi, Sarah M. Moses, and Andrea Vicini (editors): Reimagining The Moral Life: On Lisa Sowle Cahill’s Contributions to Christian Ethics. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, pp. 120-132. ISBN 9781626983793
Articles published at Catholic Theological Ethicists in the World Church


  • Australian Plenary Council Mandates Greater Roles for Women in the Church
  • Fighting COVID-19 in Vietnam: Compassion, Accountability and Subsidiarity
  • Victoria’s Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill 2020: Best Practice or Ideology?
  • Australia’s Plenary Council 2020: Discerning God’s Voice in the 21st Century
  • Protests Against Special Economic Zones In Vietnam
  • Australia’s Postal Survey on Same-Sex Marriage
  • Assisted Dying Bill In Victoria Must Be Rejected
  • Church Leader Calls For Action Against Marine Pollution In Vietnam
  • Melbourne Doctors Refusing To Return Children To Detention
  • Articles Published on Eureka Street (online magazine of Jesuit Communications on current issues on politics, religion, and culture in Australia)
  • Euthanasia Bill Could Put Vulnerable Victorians At Risk. 22 September 2017
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying Via Telehealth Is Another Step Down A Perilous Path. 10 June 2021
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