Barbara Sutton

Adjunct Professor of Theology

B.A., State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 1977
M.A., St. Thomas University, 1986
M.A., Barry University, 1999
D.Min., Saint Paul Seminary and School of Divinity

Office: Luke Hall 202
Phone Number: 320-363-3052
Email: [email protected]


Areas of Teaching and Research

  • Ministerial Formation, Practical Theology, Church Ministry, Leadership Development, Visio Divina, The Saint John’s Bible
  • I direct the Field Education and Ministerial Formation program, utilizing a learner-centered pedagogy.  This focuses attention on what the ministerial student is learning in the practice of ministry and peer opportunities for students to theologically reflect on those practices and learning. This provides opportunities for ministerial students to gain ministerial competencies and confidence over the degree program as they prepare for church ministry.  I bring a lens to teaching and formation through the lifecycle of the minister, family of origin, use of power and authority, leadership, community, ministerial context, tradition, scripture, practices of ministry and ministerial experience. My experience in parish ministry, diocesan ministry, and chaplaincy serve as my context for ministerial preparation.  Here at the SOT I have worked with the curriculum development of The Saint John’s Bible, Lifelong Learning and Economic Challenges Facing Future Church Ministers. 

Publications

Full List of Publications Here

Articles
  • Sadlier Religion, “Professional Development Essays for Elementary Curriculum Believe Celebrate, Live: Lectio Divina and Visio Divina”, New York, 2016.
  • Illuminating Ministry Journal, Vol. 3, co-editor with Victor Klimoski, Liturgical Press, 2014.
  • Seeing the Word, Reflection Guides, editor, Liturgical Press, 2011-2012.
Presentations
  • “Community and Collaboration”, Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development, Kansas City, MO (April 2017).
  • Parish Mission, Lumen Christi Catholic Church, St. Paul, MN (March 2017).
  • “Seeing Mercy”, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Diocesan Ministry Day keynote (September, 2016).
Other Publications
  • Sadlier Religion, “Professional Development Essays for Elementary Curriculum Believe Celebrate, Live: Lectio Divina and Visio Divina”, New York, 2016.
  • Illuminating Ministry Journal, Vol. 3, co-editor with Victor Klimoski, Liturgical Press, 2014.
  • Seeing the Word, Reflection Guides, editor, Liturgical Press, 2011-2012.

Special Committees/Organizations

  • Member, Diocese of St. Cloud Deacon Advisory Committee
  • Member, Saint John’s Seminary Advisory Council
  • Consultant to the Diocesan Planning Committee Association for Graduate Programs in Ministry
    • Served as Vice President, President and Past President (2014-2016)
  • Catholic Association for Theological Field Education Leadership Committee, 2013-2016
  • Association for Theological Field Education Planning Committee for Biennial Meeting, 2017
    • Vice President, 2017-present