Father Piderit has been involved with educational institutions for most of his professional life. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fordham University, majoring in philosophy and mathematics.
After completing theological studies in Germany and being ordained there in 1971, he secured his master of philosophy in economics from Oxford University (1974) and doctorate in economics from Princeton University (1979). From 1978 until 1990, Father Piderit taught international economics and statistics at Fordham University in New York City and lived in a student residence hall.
His contact with students led him to found Queens Court Residential College, an option for freshman students who wanted a more intentional engagement in the intellectual life on campus and in the city.
In 1990, Father Piderit moved to Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he served as Corporate Vice President for three years. From 1993 to 2001, Father Piderit was president of Loyola University-Chicago, where he separately incorporated the university medical center and introduced significant cost cutting in the non-medical parts of the university.
In 2001, he became president of the Catholic Education Institute, a not-for-profit corporation promoting new approaches to the on-going education and formation of Catholics. For the past 12 years, as priest in residence at St. Anthony’s in the Bronx, he continued his work as a Jesuit exploring the challenges faced by urban parishes.
In 2012, he began an association with St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, where in 2013-2014 he served as Vicar for Administration and Vicar for Finance. In May 2014, he was pleased to be asked by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to assist the Archdiocese of San Francisco, where Father Piderit now serves as Moderator of the Curia and Vicar for Administration.
Father Piderit is the author of The Ethical Foundations of Economics (Georgetown University Press, 1993). Together with Melanie M. Morey he has authored Catholic Higher Education: A Culture in Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2006) and Renewing Parish Culture (Sheed and Ward, 2008). They also edited Teaching the Tradition: Catholic Themes in Academic Disciplines (Oxford University Press, 2012). Father Piderit also wrote Sexual Morality: A Natural Law Approach to Intimate Relationships (Oxford University Press, 2012)