Kristin Colberg, PhD

Associate Professor of Theology

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1994
M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, 2000
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2009

Office: Quad 249B
Phone Number: 320-363-3181
Email: [email protected]

Areas of Teaching and Research
  • Systematic Theology
  • She teaches classes in ecclesiology, theological anthropology, and theological method which examine fundamental issues in theology and their ability to illumine contemporary questions.   

  • Kristin discovered her love of theology as an undergraduate at Notre Dame.  After graduation she spent two years in Belize City, Belize as a part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps before pursuing a Master's of Divinity at Yale Divinity School.  Her doctoral work focused on systematic theology with an emphasis in ecclesiology; her dissertation examined the relationship between Vatican I and Vatican II.  Kristin's theological work is rooted in a desire to demonstrate the church's ability to speak meaningfully in the modern context. She is the author of one book, one edited volume and numerous scholarly articles on Vatican II, ecumenism and major developments in Catholic thought.  She is a member of the official Reformed-Catholic dialogue in the United States.


Full List of Publications Here

  • “Ecclesiology Today and its Potential to Serve a Missionary Church” in Missiology: An International Review 46:1 (2018): 23-36.
  • “Gaudium et spes Reconsidered and Re-Projected in What We Have Seen and What We Have Heard, Ed. Michael Connors, (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2017), 41-57.
  • “Questions of Unity, Diversity and Authority in The Church Towards a Common Vision: Advances and Tools for Ecumenical Dialogue,” One in Christ 49:2 (2015): 204-18.
  • Colberg, Kristin. Vatican I and Vatican II: Councils in the Living Tradition (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2016).
  • Colberg, Kristin and Krieg, Robert, eds. The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: Doing Truth in Love (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2014).
  • “Exploring New Pathways for Ecumenical Dialogue Five Hundred Years after the Reformation,” Presentation to the Lutheran and Catholic Bishops of Minnesota, Collegeville, MN, October 26, 2017.
  • “Reconciled Diversity: Communion and Primacy as Ecumenical Opportunities Today,” Communion among Christians Seminar at Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, July 14, 2017.
  • “Relationships, Dating, Marriage,” Saint Benedict’s Campus Ministry, February 23, 2017.
  • Book Review: “The Holy Spirit: Setting the World on Fire” Worship (forthcoming).
  • Book Review: “Revered and Reviled: A Re-examination of Vatican Council I,” Anglican Theological Review (forthcoming).
  • Book Review: “The Holy Spirit and the Church: Ecumenical Reflections with a Pastoral Perspective,” Anglican Theological Review 100.2 (2018): 421-3.
Other Publications
  • “The One Body of Christ: Ministry in Service to the Church and the World,” official document of the eighth round of the U.S. Reformed Catholic Dialogue, served as lead Catholic writer (October 2017).
  • Vatican II’s Greatest Triumph is its Understanding of Renewal,” nationally syndicated by Catholic News Service, (October 2012).
  • “A Turn to the Church: Trent, Vatican I and Vatican II as Ecclesiological Councils,” nationally syndicated by Catholic News Service, (September 2012).

Special Committees/Organizations

Full List of Special Committees and Organizations Here

  • Department of Theology
    • Committee for Major/Minor Recruitment and Advising (2013- Present, Co-Coordinator 2016-Present)
    • Theo 111 and TU Assessment Committee (2012 – Present)
    • Coordinator, Retreat for Theology Majors and Minors (2016)
    • Coordinator and host, Annual All Saints Day Dinner for Theology Majors and Minors 2014-16)
    • Departmental Advisory Committee (2013-14)
  • St. John’s School of Theology
    • Admissions Committee (2012-Present)
    • SOT Board of Overseers’ Enrollment Committee, Faculty Representative (2014-Present)
    • Brand Implementation Committee, Leader of Process Team (2016)
    • Library Committee, Self-Study Team for HLC/ATS Review (2015-17)
    • Committee for revising MA Comprehensive Exams Process (2015-16)
    • Committee for revising MTS Program Goals (2015-16)
    • Theology Day Presenter (2013 and 15)
    • Reader for Student Theses (2013 - Present)
    • Faculty Committee for Vatican II and Ecumenism Lecture Series, (2013-2015)
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • College Theology Society
  • American Academy of Religion