Having completed his doctoral studies in theology in Belgium at the Catholic University of Louvain, Fr. Scarfia taught systematic theology for several decades at St. Bonaventure University and at Christ the King Seminary. In recent years, his teaching and research have focused upon the Second Vatican Council (particularly its thought on ecclesiology, ecumenism, revelation, and liturgy), fundamental theology, Christology, theology of Mary, and the theology of creation and grace. He has also worked and taught in the area of medieval theology, specifically St. Bonaventure and the intersection of faith and sacrament in his writings. While being a full-time teacher, he has always engaged in weekend parish ministry, workshops, lectures, and retreat days. Teaching Catholic theology and proclaiming and living the Gospel must go hand in hand. He has published in Franziskanische Studien, Horizons, Theological Studies, and Franciscan Studies. Currently, he resides at Siena College, Albany, N.Y., serving as a full-time team minister at a nearby storefront chapel, and doing occasional adjunct teaching of graduate theology.