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

  • Teaching:  Practical Theology, Ministry through the Lifecycle, Church Ministry, Leadership Development, Ministry on the Margins, Teaching Sacraments, Ministerial Formation, Visio Divina, The Saint John’s Bible, May-June, 2019
  • Research:  Economic Challenges Facing Future Church Ministers, Thriving Congregations, Ministerial Workplace and Engagement
  • Service:  Bridge-Builders for a Thriving Mission, Quality Administrator for Intercultural Diversity Inventory®, Facilitator for Siena Institute Called and Gifted Discernment Process, Certified Trainer for Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) model®, Facilitator for SoulCollage®


  • Holy Seeing from the Art of The Saint John’s Bible, Health Progress, Journal of the Catholic Health Association in the United States, May-June 2019
  • Sadlier Religion, “Professional Development Essays for Elementary Curriculum Believe Celebrate, Live: Lectio Divina and Visio Divina”, New York, 2016.
  • Illuminating Ministry Journal, Vol. 1, 2 and 3, co-editor with Victor Klimoski, Liturgical Press, 2010, 2014
  • Seeing the Word Facilitator Manual, Liturgical Press, 2011
  • Seeing the Word, Reflection Guides, editor, Liturgical Press, 2011-2012
  • “Kindling the Divine Spark”, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, August, 2019
  • “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).
  • “Self-Assessment of Ministerial Student’s Readiness for Ministry: The Learning Portfolio”, AGPIM Conference, Tucson, AZ 2011
  • "Visio Divina: A Prayer Practice for Encountering God,” LA Congress, 2011

Special Committees/Organizations

  • Consultant to the Diocesan Planning Committee, Diocese of Saint Cloud
  • 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, 2017-2018