Sr. Katarina Schuth, OSF

Sr. Katarina Schuth, OSF

Professor Emerita (1991-2017)


Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1973
M.A., Syracuse University, 1969
S.T.L., Weston Jesuit School of Theology, 1988
M.T.S., Weston Jesuit School of Theology, 1984
B.A., College of St. Teresa, 1965

Office Location: Fr. Charles Froehle Administration Bldg., Room 130


Curriculum Vitae: View PDF

Areas of Teaching and Research

  • Pastoral Theology
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Religion and Society

Published Works:

Published the chapter “Who Pastors: The Priest, the Context and the Ministry,” Hartford Seminary Series:  Religion in America: Catholicism, publication forthcoming.

Commentary:  “Understanding Vatican II:  Finding the Way Forward,” on What Happened at Vatican II (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008) by John W. O’Malley, in Take and Read: The Most Important Book I Ever Read, forthcoming.

“Orientation to Human Formation in Seminaries,” “Integrating Sexuality, Celibacy, and Intimacy,” and “Human Formation:  Challenges Today,” in Proceedings of the Human Formation in Major Seminaries Seminar cum Workshop, Dharmaram College Press, Bangalore, India (February 2017).

Seminary Formation:  Recent History—Current Circumstances—New Directions, Liturgical Press, 2016.

Commentary:  “Talk About Parish: Toward Conversations of Consequence – Signs of the Times in the U.S. Church,” in Collaborative Parish Leadership:  Contexts, Models, and Theology by William Clark and Dan Gast.  Lanham, Maryland:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

“Fully Understanding the Moment and Embracing the Future:  Seminary and Religious Candidates,” in To Be One in Christ:  Intercultural Formation and Ministry edited by Fernando Ortiz and Gerard McGlone, SJ.  Collegeville:  Liturgical Press (2015):  35-55.

“Widening Cultural Horizons in the Academy:  Its Contribution to Catholic Identity,” in Integritas 4/2 (Fall 2014, pp. 1-21) by The Boston College Roundtable – Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education.

Published the article “Open to All:  The Emerging Ecclesiology of Pope Francis” in America 210/9 (March 17, 2014): 13-16.

Published the book review on New Generations of Catholic Sisters:  The Challenge of Diversity by Sister Mary Johnson, SSND, Sister Patricia Wittberg, SC, and Dr. Mary Gautier (New York:  Oxford University Press, 2014) in HORIZON 39/2 (Spring 2014):  35-36.

Published the article “Lay Ecclesial Ministry in Parishes:  Diverse Services in Varied Settings and Circumstances.”  Proceedings of the Seventy-Fourth Annual Convention (Washington, DC:  Canon Law Society of America, 2013): 32-43.

Published the article “Liturgical Formation with Zeal and Patience.”  Seminary Journal 17/3 (March, 2013):  51-72.

Published the chapter “Reflections on the Inner Life of Priests:  Toward Excellence in Pastoral Ministry:  Psychological Assessment and Integrated Formation,” in The Inner Life of Priests by Gerard McGlone, SJ, and Len Sperry (Collegeville:  Liturgical Press, 2012): 165-167.

“Reflections on a Changing Ministry and Changing Ministers,” in Same Call, Different Men:  The Evolution of the Priesthood Since Vatican II, by Mary L. Gautier, Paul M. Perl, and Stephen J. Fichter.  Collegeville:  Liturgical Press (2012):  217-224.

Published the chapter “Incidence of Clerical Sexual Abuse over Time: Changes in Behavior and Seminary Training between 1950 and 2008,” co-authored with Karen Terry and Margaret Leland Smith in Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012, Thomas Plante and Kathleen McChesney, Eds. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011), pp. 17-30.

Published the article “A Change in Formation:  How the sexual abuse crisis has reshaped priestly training.”  America 206/1 (January 2, 2012):  17-20.

Published the proceedings “Assessing Catholic Philanthropy in an Era of Church Renewal.”  The Spirit of Renewal:  Vatican II and the Future of Catholic Philanthropy.  Washington, DC:  FADICA (February 2-3, 2012), pp. 45-48.

Published the article “Training Grounds: Are U.S. Catholics Entering a Post-Seminary World?” Boston College Magazine 71/3 (Summer 2011): 30-32.

Published the chapter “Assessing the Education of Priests and Lay Ministers: Content and Consequences,” in The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity, Michael Lacey and Francis Oakley, eds.  New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2011, pp. 317-347.

Published the article “Formation for Presbyteral Ministry in Institutes of Religious Life:  A Statement for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men,” published by the CMSM, April 2011.

With Karen Terry and Margaret Smith of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, consultant and author of parts of The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010, published by the USCCB (May 18, 2011).

Published the article “Where We Are: ‘We Praise You with Greater Joy than Ever,’” Website of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions 37/1 (2010): 5-43.

Published the chapter “Importance of Performance Evaluation of Seminarians and Priests for Effective Parish Ministry” in Best Practices in Catholic Church Ministry Performance Management, Charles Zech, ed.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010, pp. 71-81.

Published the book review “Review of Ethics of the Word:  Voices in the Catholic Church Today” by Fr. James Keenan, S.J., in America 203/4 (August 16-23, 2010): 23-25.

Published the article “Forming Catholic Leaders Who Can Sing!” The Liturgical Singer:  A Resource for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians for Cantors, Songleaders, Choirs, and Choir Directors, 11:1 (February 2010): 6, 8.

Published the article “We Praise You with Greater Joy than Ever, Liturgical Formation with Zeal and Patience:  Seminary Liturgical Practices,” Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions Conference (FDLC), published online at FDLC website.

Published the article “The Changing Face of Ministry:  Pastoring Multiple Parishes.”  New Theology Review 22/3 (August 2009): 15-24.

Profiled as the leading international expert on Catholic seminaries in a book by Richard Conklin, 125 Years: Interesting and Influential People, as part of the University of St. Thomas’s quasquicentennial celebration in September 2009.

“Introductory” chapter in Catholic Priesthood: Formation and Human Development by Gerald Coleman, Liguori Publications (2006):  xiii-xviii.

Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006.

Commentary:  “Three Phases of Their Life and Ministry” in Experiences of Priests Ordained for Five to Nine Years by Dean Hoge (2006): 147-152.

Educating Leaders for Ministry:  Issues and Responses, with Victor Klimoski and Kevin O’Neil, Liturgical Press, 2005.

Commentary:  “The Study’s Implications for Seminary Formators” in The First Five Years of the Priesthood by Dean Hoge, (2002):  139-145.

Seminaries, Theologates, and the Future of Church Ministry: An Analysis of Trends and Transitions. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1999.

“Theological Faculty and Programs in Seminaries” in Theological Education in the Catholic Tradition, Patrick Carey and Earl Muller, eds., The Crossroad Publishing Company (1997):  168-189.

“American Seminaries as Research Finds Them” in American Catholic Identity: Essays in an Age of Change, Francis J. Butler, ed.  Kansas City, MO: Sheed and Ward (1994):  123-136.

Commentary:  “Indebtedness Patterns among Roman Catholic Theological Students.”  Based on Research Data Collected by Anthony Ruger, reported in “The Educational Debt of Theological and Rabbinical Students” (October, 1994).

Commentary:  Readiness for Theological Studies:  A Study of Faculty Perceptions on the Readiness of Seminarians, by Eugene Hemrick and Robert Wister, United States Catholic Conference (1993):  1-8.

Commentary:  The Recruitment and Retention of Faculty in Roman Catholic Theological Seminaries, by Eugene Hemrick, United States Catholic Conference (1992):  15-23.

Reasons for the Hope: the Futures of Roman Catholic Theologates.  Wilmington, Del.: M. Glazier, 1989.

Cooperative Ventures in Theological Education, with Fraser, Friar, Radtke, and Savage, University Press of America, 1989.

Commentary:  Seminary Life and Visions of the Priesthood, by Eugene Hemrick and Dean Hoge, United States Catholic Conference, (1988).

“Village Literacy in India,” in An Exploration of India, Chapter 5, Cornell University Press, Ed. David Sopher, (1980).

Presentations & Accomplishments:

Presented workshops for faculty on “Formation for Priests in the Church of the Future” on February 26-27, 2015 and for students on “Preparing to Serve Today’s Church as Priests” on February 12-14, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University.

Consulted on the Future of Theological Education and presented a paper, “The Shape of Theological Education: Inspiration from Expanding Relationships Resulting from the Second Vatican Council.” 2014-2015.

Serves on the Board of Advisor of “Futures” project 2014-2015.

Recipient of the 2014 Archbishop Cousins Vocation Award from Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corner, Wisconsin.

Gave an interview with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan broadcasted on Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel discussing the “Open to All: The Emerging Ecclesiology of Pope Francis” article and Pope Francis’ vision for the Church in the modern world 2013-2014.

Gave a presentation on “Trends and Transitions in Seminary Formation” and “Celibacy, Sexuality, and Sexual Abuse” at the Eleventh Institute for Seminary Formators, Washington, DC 2013-2014.

Gave a presentation on “Vatican II after Fifty Years:  Effects of Our Spiritual Journey and Our Ecclesial Life” at St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, MN 2013-2014.

Gave a presentation on “Lay Ecclesial Ministry:  Preparation and Service” at ATS Ecology Meeting, Charlotte, NC 2013-2014.

Gave a presentation on “Church Personnel and Lay Ministry Preparation” and “Implications for Ministry in the U.S. Church” for the INSPIRE Milestone Conference:  An International Consultation on Parish Life at Loyola University Chicago 2013-2014.

Gave a presentation on “Challenges for Vocation Ministers in an Age of Diversity:  New Strategies for New Demographics” for the Regional Meeting of Vocation Personnel, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN 2013-2014.

Gave the presentation “Preparing to Serve the Church:  Responses to Changing Personnel, Structures, and Programs in the U.S.” at the Jesuit Novitiate, St. Paul.

Gave the presentation “Teaching Vatican II in Theological Schools:  Implications for Pastoral Ministry” at the University of St. Thomas, Vatican II Conference 2012-2013.

Gave the presentation “Lay Ecclesial Ministry in Parishes:  Diverse Services in Varied Settings and Circumstances” at the Canon Law Society of America 74th Annual Convention, Chicago 2012-2013.

Profiled in Exemplars:  A publication of Faculty and Graduate Research at the University of St. Thomas (Fall 2012): 51-54.  “Katarina Schuth:  A scholarly endeavor in India marked the start of her lifelong research journey.”

Presented the paper “Are Seminaries to Blame? ‘Causes and Context’ of Sexual Abuse by Clergy” at The Trauma and Transformation Conference at McGill University, Montreal, Canada 2011-2012.

Gave a convocation on Ordained and Consecrated Life for the Diocese of Boise, ID 2011-2012.

Gave the presentation “Interculturally Competent Seminaries and Seminarians,” Philadelphia 2011-2012.

Gave the presentation “Vocational Interests and Changes in Church Ministry” to the Serra Club of the Twin Cities Airport Chapter, Bloomington, MN 2011-2012.

Conducted in-service days for the faculty of St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, CA.  The theme of the workshop was “Mission and Vision: Making Evangelization a Priority.” 2011-2012.

Profiled in St. Thomas Magazine (Winter 2012) in the insert of the “Opening Doors: A Campaign for St. Thomas,” profiling several of UST’s Endowed Chairs.

Received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO, May 11, 2012.

Gave the presentations “Local Catholicism in Practice: Ministry, Structure, and Management in Changing Times” and “Receptive Ecumenism,” at Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies, England 2010-2011.

Gave the presentation “Preparing to Serve: Seminary 2011” for The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Delivered the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, Berkeley, CA, May 21, 2011.

Gave four lectures on “Vocations and the Millennial Generation” for the vocation directors of the 18 Trappist monasteries in the U.S.

Presented the conference “Parishes in Collaboration: A National and Archdiocesan Perspective” for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, October 27-29, 2010.

Appointed to the Executive Board of the National Catholic Educational Association’s Seminary Department, December 2010.

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