Theology Day

A typical Theology Day consists of registration and refreshments, followed by a period of conversation / presentation / lecture. The conversation then continues as participants are given a chance to continue their discussions with one another. Morning presentations are followed by a complimentary lunch for all participants, and most evening sessions also include a meal.

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2018-2019 Theology Days

Jeff Kaster

Donelle Pollig


Who will have Faith? The New Evangelization in a Rapidly Changing Culture

Presenter: Jeff Kaster, Ed.D. and Donelle Poling

Dates and Times: 

  • Friday, September 14, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University
  • Thursday, October 4, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Church of Saint Mary, Alexandria, MN
  • Friday, November 16, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

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Fifty Years on the Family: A Look Back to the Present

Presenter: Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Dates and Times: 

  • Thursday, October 11, CANCELLED. - Pax Christi Church, Eden Prairie, MN
  • Friday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University
  • Thursday, November 29, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - St. Francis Cabrini Church, Minneapolis, MN
  • Friday, December 14, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University
  • Thursday, January 31, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Maple Grove, MN

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Is ISIS Islamic?

Presenter: Noreen Herzfeld, Ph.D.
Dates and Times: 

  • CANCELLED - Friday, October 12, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - St. Gerard Majella, Kirkwood, MO
  • CANCELLED - Saturday, October 13, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - St. Clare of Assisi Church, O'Fallon, IL

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Fr. Michael Patella


Exploring the Gospel of Luke

Presenter: Fr. Michael Patella, OSB
Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, December 6, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Maple Grove, MN
  • Friday, January 25, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University 
  • Friday, February 8, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Naples, Florida (Location TBD)
  • Thursday, February 21, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Church of Saint Mary,  Alexandria, MN 
  • Friday, March 1, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University
  • Thursday, April 25, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis, MN

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Fr. Michael Patella


The Book of Revelation: Fact or Fiction?

Presenter: Fr. Michael Patella, OSB
Dates and Times:

  • Sunday, March 3, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Saint John Vianney Parish, Omaha, NE

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Kathleen Cahalan, Ph.D.


70 x 7: Learning the Practice of Forgiveness

Presenter: Kathleen A. Cahalan, Ph.D.
Dates and Times:

  • Friday, March 22, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University
  • Friday, April 12, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

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Power, Control & Pluralism: Being Church in a Secular Age

Presenter: William J. Cahoy, Ph.D.
Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, March 7, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Green Valley, AZ
  • Friday, March 8, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - The Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Scottsdale, AZ

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What is the church’s place in an increasingly secular, pluralistic society?  Is it our mission to be in control as a way to advance the kingdom of God?  If not, how do we bring about just, humane structures and policies in society?  To address such questions we will engage in a theological reflection on power and its relation to love and control.  Our reflection will be informed by the character of God’s power as revealed in Scripture and the person of Christ as well as the history of the church’s relation to secular power(s).  It will also consider Vatican II’s Constitution on the Church in the Modern World and Decree on Religious Liberty.

Dr. Cahoy, Dean Emeritus and Associate Professor of Theology, served as Dean of Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary from 1995 - 2015. He completed his masters and doctoral work at Yale University, and served as chair of the Department of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. He currently directs a Lilly-funded project to equip pastoral leaders for community formation in parishes and congregations.


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