Matt Nelson


Where did you earn your undergraduate degree from?

Why did you choose the SOT? What year are you in attaining your graduate degree from the SOT?I graduated from University of Portland with a major in Theology and minors in Mathematics and Education.

I chose Saint John’s because of the theology that is being taught and lived here. Saint John’s is a special place because of how it brings pastoral theology into dialogue with academic theology. I am a first year student at the SOT.

How has your experience been thus far?

I have really enjoyed my time here so far. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and it is a fun place to study in community.

What is your field of study and other interests?

I am studying Systematics at the SOT and my passions are liberation theology and interfaith studies, especially dialogue between Islam and Christianity.

What are you doing in your classes relevant to your field of study?

Classes are very discussion based, which—in my opinion—should be how theology is done in the first place. Especially in the area of liberation theology and inter-religious dialogue.

What is your favorite spot of campus?

I love the Stella Maris Chapel on the lake.

What is your favorite Benedictine Value that you see being lived out everyday at the SOT?

Hospitality is the most prevalent value that I see. When I first arrived I was welcomed with open arms and interactions with faculty, staff, and other students is a constant reminder about how hospitality is a value taken to heart in the SOT.

What advice would you give to students considering enrolling in the SOT?

Come for a visit.  That is the only way to get a feel for the campus and the theology that is going on here in Collegeville.

What are your goals after graduation?

After graduation I want to pursue a PhD in Social Ethics and go on to study and teach liberation theology.