Changing the Ways We Talk about Our Callings

Kathleen A. Cahalan, Ph.D.

We often talk about vocation as if it is a noun: something we possess, rather than something we do. If we shift the grammar of vocation to prepositions, our callings can be framed in a more dynamic and relational way. In this talk, Cahalan explores a contemporary theology of calling through eight prepositions: by, to, as, from, for, through, in, and within.


Kathleen Cahalan, Ph.D.

Kathleen A. Cahalan is professor of theology at Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota. She directs a collaborative research project, the Collegeville Institute Seminars at the Collegeville Institute, which is exploring vocation in relationship to the professions, across the lifespan from children to older adults, and through interfaith perspectives. She has a forthcoming book on vocation, entitled Call It What It Is, and is the author of several books, most recently A Living Discipleship: Called on the Way, co-authored with Laura Kelly Fanucci (Twenty-Third Publications, 2015), Opening the Field of Practical Theology (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), edited with Gordon Mikoski, and Introducing the Practice of Ministry (Liturgical Press, 2010).


Dates & Locations

Friday, March 4th, 2016, 8:30am-1:00pm - The Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, 11300 N. 64th Street - Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

Friday, April 1st, 2016, 8:30am - 1:00pm - Emmaus Hall, 31802 County Road 159, Collegeville 56321

Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 6:00pm - 9:00pm - St. Frances Cabrini Church 1500 Franklin Avenue SE Minneapolis, MN 55414


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