Kathleen A. Cahalan

Professor of Practical Theology

B.A., Mundelein College, 1983
M.A., University of Chicago Divinity School, 1985
Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School, 1998

Office: Quad 251B
Phone Number: 320-363-2107
Email: [email protected]

Areas of Teaching and Research
  • Pastoral Ministry, Practical Theology, Practical Wisdom, Vocation, Spiritual Practice
  • Her research focuses on vocation and work and the professions, along with spiritual wisdom and spiritual practice. Her teaching focuses on pastoral care.

  • Kathleen A. Cahalan is professor of practical theology at Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary and director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and ecumenical research project that includes seminars on vocation across the lifespan, vocation and faith in the professions, and interfaith perspectives on vocation.

Full List of Publications Here
  • “Informed and Formed by Theological Education,” Theological Education: Between the Times 51:2 (2018): 69-74.
  • “Callings over a Lifetime: In Relationship, Through the Body, Over Time, and For Community” and “Late Adulthood: Seeking Vocation Once Again” in Calling All Years Good: Vocation across the Lifespan, Kathleen A. Cahalan and Bonnie Miller-McLemore, eds. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub., 2017.
  • “Stewardship of Work: Called to Serve,” in Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship, Adam J. Copeland, ed. (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2017): 124-37.
  • “The Vocation of the Theological Educator,” Louisville Institute, Louisville, KY, October 8, 2018.
  • “The Grammar of Vocation: Changing the Way We Talk About Our Callings,” Leadership Colloquium, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale Divinity School, April 16, 2018.
  • “Developing A Theology of Calling…A Theology of Vocation,” Vibrant Faith, Baltimore, MD, April 4, 2018.

Special Committees/Organizations

Full List of Committees and Organizations Here

  • President of the Association of Practical Theology (2006-2008) and current member
  • Admissions Committee for the Catholic Theological Society of America (2007-2009) and current member
  • Associate Editor for Chicago Studies (2000-2010)
  • Certificate in Spiritual Direction committee for Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary (2012-2013)
  • Joint Faculty Senate for the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University (2010-2013)