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Helen Rolfson, OSF

Helen Rolfson, OSF  

Professor Emerita of Theology, 2008-2014 (retired)

Associate Professor of Theology, 1981-2008

B.A., College of Saint Teresa, 1962; M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1967; Dr. ès Sc. Rel., Université de Strasbourg, 1972

[email protected]


Recent courses taught:

  • History of Spirituality I (Spring 2013)
  • History of Spirituality III (Spring 2010)
  • Christian Hagiography (Spring 2012, Fall 2009)
  • Readings in Spiritual Direction, East and West (Spring 2009)
  • Christian Prayer (Spring 2011, Fall 2008)
  • History of Spirituality II (Spring 2008)


Late Medieval Mysticism of the Low Countries.

Van Nieuwenhove, Rik, Rob Faesen and Helen Rolfson, OSF, eds.

Late Medieval Mysticism of the Low Countries.

(Classics of Western Spirituality series).

New York: Paulist Press: 2008.


Summer 2004: Finished translation project of Jan van Ruusbroec’s OPERA OMNIA: Die Gheestelike Tabernakel, which is scheduled to come out with Brepols publishers (Corpus Christianorum Series: Continuatio Medievalis) in Spring 2006. These last three volumes will terminate the entire project, which has been ongoing with members of Antwerp’s Ruusbroecgenootschap for over 25 years.


September, 2006: Spoke at the congress "Ruusbroec in Babel? The Translation and Appropriation of Mystical Texts from the Middle Ages to the Present" at the University of Antwerp and the Lessius Hogeschool, on "The Translation Project of the Opera Omnia of Ruusbroec: a survey of the last 30 years."

May 7, 2005: Participated in a panel of two on “Forty Years of Women’s Spirituality at Kalamazoo: A Round Table of Reminiscence, sponsored by Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History, at the Medieval Conference (held at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan) from Wednesday to Sunday, May 4-8.

Apr. 14, 2005: Gave session for Continuing Education Program at the Benedictine Center, Saint Paul Monastery, St. Paul, Minnesota, on “Extreme Asceticism” as part of a series of “Theologians on Discipleship.”

Mar. 18, 2005: Gave a day of retreat to the Curia of the Diocese of St. Cloud, on “The Spirit of Vatican II: Challenge to Spiritual Growth”, at the Episcopal House of Prayer.

Jan. 7, 2005: Gave retreat conference for YTM program: “Theology and Spirituality of the Desert.”

2004-2005: Served as Co-Chair/ member of Faculty Development and Research Committee.

2004-2005: Continued to serve as member of the St. Cloud Diocese Ecumenical Commission (and reappointed for another three-year term beginning May 2005).

Dec. 2: 2004 Served as a faculty moderator/discussion leader for local pastoral ministers in a morning session on Peter Steinfels’ A PEOPLE ADRIFT.

Dec. 1, 2004: Gave a session for adults and for confirmation students in the Faith Formation Program, in Saint Mary’s Cathedral program, on “Prayer and Icons.”

Jul. 2004: Gave lecture (causerie) (in French) for the Sisters of Saint Benedict at the Monastery of Notre Dame d’Ermeton, Ermeton s/Biert, Belgium, on “Lectio Divina from a Franciscan Perspective.”

Mar. 20, 2004: spoke (in French) in Ned Dubin’s course: Topics in French Civilization: La Fille ainée de l’église, on the topic of Joinville: La Vie de S. Louis, and Jacobus de Voragine: St. Denis (from La Légende doré), and on the importance of hagiography as it relates to French royalty.


Fulbright Association

Religious in Ecumenism

Catholic Theological Society of America