Schroeder has been committed to research, teaching, writing, mentoring, and practice in the area of mission and intercultural ministry from the perspectives of post-Vatican II developments, most recently under the inspiration of Pope Francis. He published a revised and expanded edition of his book What is the Mission of the Church? A Guide for Catholics in 2018. Secondly, since 2012 he has been collaborating with others in developing resources and long-term programs to foster true intercultural relationships, which are mutually enriching and challenging, primarily for women’s and men’s religious congregations for both the international and North American contexts. In 2020, he co-edited (with CTU colleague Maria Cimperman) Engaging Our Diversity: Interculturality and Consecrated Life Today. Thirdly, coming out of his years of research and teaching in the field of the polycentric History of the World Christian Movement, Schroeder’s ten-year work of Christian Tradition from a Global Perspective is due for publication in early 2021. Finally, his experience with and learning from indigenous peoples includes six years of life and work in remote village areas of Papua New Guinea in the 70s and 80s as a missionary and practical anthropologist, and annual visits to the Lakota reservations in southwest South Dakota since 1991.
Roger is an Associate Editor of the International Bulletin of Mission Research and on the editorial committee for the Scholarly Monograph Series of the American Society of Missiology. He has served as president of the American Society of Missiology, the Association of Professors of Mission, and the Midwest Fellowship of Professors of Mission (twice). He is currently serving his fifth three-year term as the Coordinator of Anthropos Institute (international network of about forty SVD/SSpS specialists in the social and religious sciences) for his religious congregation of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).