Ephrem Hollermann, OSB


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Associate Professor of Theology and Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture

Prioress of Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota, 1995-2005
Assistant Professor of Theology, College of Saint Benedict, 1987-1995 

Ph.D. 1991, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
M.A. 1976, Saint John's School of Theology/Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota

Scholarly Training and Interests

  • Historical Theology
  • American Catholic History and Thought
  • American Benedictine Women's History

Areas of Teaching Competence

Introductory Scripture; History of Christianity; American Catholic History and Thought; Theology and Literature; Benedictine Studies

Courses Recently Taught

  • THEO 111 The Biblical Tradition
  • THEO 319A  American Catholic History an Thought

Selected Publications

Book review of Crown and Veil: Female Monasticism from the Fifth to the Fifteenth Centuries, edited by Jeffrey Hamburger and Susan Marti (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008) in American Benedictine Review 61:1 (March 2010) 95-97. 

"Into the Future," in One Heart, One Soul: Many Communities. Collegeville, MN: Saint John's University Press, 2009, pp. 201-207.

Book Review of Nuns: A History of Convent Life, 1450-1700by Silvia Evangelisti (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007) in American Benedictine Review 60:1 (March 2009) 99-100.

"Love Stern as Death: Benedictine and Cistercian Women in North America," The American Benedictine Review 59:4 (December 2008) 375-395.

The Westminster Handbook to Women in American Religious History, Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, September 2008 (5 entries).

"Keeping the Dream Alive" (2007 Commencement Address) Headwaters: A CSBSJU Faculty Journal 25 (2008).

"Liebe, stark wie der tod: Benediktinerinnen und Zisterzienserinnen in Nordamerika," Erbe und Auftrag-Benediktinische Monastische Welt, 82:3 (August 2006) 265-281.

"Humility in the Rule of Benedict: A Theological and Historical Analysis of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Interpretations," The American Benedictine Review 51:30 (September 2000) 254-281.

"Reading the Signs of the Times: The Good News of Monastic Life," The Proceedings of the American Benedictine Academy Convention, 2000.

"Riepp, Benedicta (Sybilla) 1825 - 1862," Encyclopedia of Monasticism,Ed. William M. Johnston, Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000, and in The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History, Eds. Michael Glazier and Thomas J. Shelley, Collegeville, MN, The Liturgical Press, 1997.

The Reshaping of a Tradition: American Benedictine Women, 1852-1881. Winona, MN: St. Mary's Press for The Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, 1994.

"An Historical Perspective on Feminine Monastic Identity," The Proceedings of the American Benedictine Academy Convention, 1992.

Recent Presentations

"Where There Was Need: American Benedictines and Evangelization," The American Benedictine Academy Biennial Conference, August 6, 2010, Saint Benedict's Abbey and Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas.

"Holding Fast and Letting Go: The Paradoxical Challenge before Us in These Times," Chapter of the Federation of Saint Scholastica, June 19, 2010, Mount Saint Scholastica Monastery, Atchison, Kansas.

"Benedictine Foundresses: Source of Hope and Inspiration for the Twenty-first Century," National Benedictine Novice and Director Institute (NADI), May 18, 2009, Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota.

"Women in Labor: Benedictine Foundresses in North America," The American Benedictine Formation Conference, April 24-27, 2008, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana.

"Catholicism of the Mind and Heart," Ministry Formation, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University, April 3, 2008.

Professional Organizations

  • The American Catholic Historical Association
  • History of Women Religious Network
  • College Theology Society
  • American Benedictine Academy

Current Service

  • Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture
  • CSB/SJU Assessment Committees
  • CSB Centennial Steering Committee
  • Associate Editor for The American Benedictine Review
  • Board Member of the American Benedictine Academy
  • Board Member of  K-YES Radio