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Jeffrey Kaster

Jeffrey Kaster

 

Director of Youth in Theology and Ministry, 2000-current

Adjunct Professor of Theology, 1990-current

Coordinator of Lilly Endowment's Theological Programs for High School Youth B.A., Saint John's University, 1977; M.A., Saint John's University, 1984; Ed.D., University of Minnesota, 2008

  jkaster@csbsju.edu

320-363-2620

 

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

  • Youth Ministry 
  • Introduction to Pastoral Ministry 
  • The Christian Tradition
  • Marriage and Family
  • Retreat Work
  • Social Concerns
  • Ministry to the Sick and Dying

    Graduate Courses Taught:

    • Evangelization and Catechesis 
    • Youth Ministry 
    • Integration Seminar

      Recent publications:

      • "Doing Theology Together to Advance Excellence in Lay Ecclesial Ministry," pp. 15-34, in In the Name of the Church: Vocation and Authorization of Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Ed Cahoy, William J.  Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012.

      • "Evaluating Adolescent Catechesis." Religious Education 106, no. 1: 63-81. 2011.

      •  "The State of Adolescent Catechesis Today" in Source Book on Adolescent Catechesis: Volume 1. Washington, DC: National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. 2008.

      •  "Young Disciples: Adolescent Christian Discipleship and Faith Practices," in The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry. Fundamentals, Theory, and Practice, pp. 56-68, ed. Robert McCarty, Winona, MN: St. Mary's Press, 2005.

      • What Catholic Teens Should Know About Homosexuality, St. Louis, MO: Pflaum Publishing Group. 2004.

      • Youth Ministry. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press. 1989.

        Dissertation:

        "Assessing Christian Discipleship Formation in Catholic Youth Ministry"  (.pdf)  

        Recent Presentations:
        • "A doormat is not a symbol of Christian Leadership," Professional Development Series 2012-13, Youth Ministry Network, St. Paul and Minneapolis.

        • "What's working in Adolescent Catechesis?"  National Catholic Education Association National Conference, New Orleans 2011.

        • "Forming Christian Disciples," National Association for Lay Ministry National Conference.  St. Paul, Minnesota, May 2009.

        • Panel Discussion:  "Vocational Discernment:  Insights from Listening to High School Youth," 6th Annual Conference on the College Male, Collegeville, MN, February 2009.

        • "The Challenge of Discipleship," National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry. Cleveland, December 2008.  

        • "What Has Been the Impact of the Youth Programs?" Gathering of Leaders of Theological Programs for High School Youth, Fund for Theological Education/The Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, September 2008.

        • "Assessing Christian Discipleship." Minnesota Catholic Education Association Convention, August 2007.

        Notable Activities:

        • Princeton Theological Seminary Youth Theology Research Group, 2012-present.

        • Minnesota Catholic Education Association State Certification Board for Lay Ecclesial Ministers.  2005-present.

        • Chair, Hands Across the World Board of Directors, 2008-2012.

        • Chairperson, 2007 & 2011 National Symposia on Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Collegeville, MN

        • 2010 National Youth Ministry Award for "Regional Youth Ministry" - National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

        • Coordinator, Collegeville Ministry Seminar II. A partnership with the USCCB developing a theology of vocation and authorization for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, 2008-2010.

        • Chairperson, Think Tank on Vocation and Gender among High School Youth, 2008-2009.

        • Minnesota Catholic Education Association Leadership Forum Committee on Certification. 1997-2007.

        • Common Competency Project.  1999-2003 The writing committee for national competency standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers representing NALM, NFCYM, and NCCL.  

        Grants Awarded:

        • Coordination of the Lilly Endowment Theological Programs for High School Youth 2013-2016.  Awarded by the Lilly Endowment,  $1,000,000 in 2012.

        • Theological Programs for High School Youth Renewal Grant (2012-2016). The Youth in Theology and Ministry program. Awarded by the Lilly Endowment, $875,000 in 2009.

        • Collegeville Ministry Seminar II Grant (2008), A collaborative project with the USCCB seeking to advance a theology of vocation and authorization for lay ecclesial ministry. $50,000 awarded by an anonymous foundation.

        • Lilly Grant for Think Tank on Vocation and Gender among High School Males, 2007.

        • Theological Programs for High School Youth Renewal Grant (2007-2011). The Youth in Theology and Ministry program. Awarded by the Lilly Endowment, $600,000.

        • National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry Grant (2007).  $50,000 awarded by an anonymous foundation. Theological Programs for High School Youth Renewal Grant (2003-2006). The Youth in Theology and Ministry program. Awarded by the Lilly Endowment, $600,000.

        • Theological Programs for High School Youth (1999-2003). The Youth in Theology and Ministry program. Awarded by the Lilly Endowment, $1,200,000.

        • Theological Programs for High School Youth Planning Grant (1999). The Youth in Theology and Ministry program. Awarded by the Lilly Endowment, $27,000.