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Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., Ph.D. to Speak at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University Commencement May 21

Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 23, 2011—Sr. Katarina Schuth, an internationally recognized expert on seminary education, will be the commencement speaker at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST), May 21 at 3:00 p.m. 

As a researcher and teacher, Schuth’s primary interests are in theological education and the relationship between the Church and American culture. A widely consulted authority on the education of priests, she has studied and written extensively on the impact of the U.S. priest shortage, cultural challenges from foreign-born priests ministering in the U.S., the future of Catholic ministry, and other trends and teachings within U.S. seminaries.
 
Since 1991, Sr. Schuth has held the Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Previously she held directorships at Weston School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) and was a professor of social and behavioral sciences and admissions dean at the College of St. Teresa.
 
She is the author of five books on ministry and education, and the recipients of many honorary degrees and awards, such as the 2009 Mandatum Award from the National Federation of Priests’ Councils for exemplary service in the Gospel of Jesus Christ; the 2005 Pedro Arrupe Award for Excellence in Ministry from Weston; and the Distinguished Catholic Leadership Award for Service to the Catholic Church given by Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, 1995.
 
“It is a great honor and joy to be chosen to speak to JST’s graduating class of 2011,” said Schuth. “With the Church and the world changing at such a rapid pace, graduates of theological schools today are facing challenges of unprecedented dimensions. For its part, we can be sure that JST has prepared its graduates well for this new reality as they bring the Good News of Christ to the many parts of the world from which they have come.”
 
In addition to a B.A. in history from the College of St. Teresa, she received an M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural geography from Syracuse University, and a Master’s of Theological Studies and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the former Weston Jesuit School of Theology.
 
Sr. Schuth will speak to family and friends of four dozen JST graduates receiving advanced degrees May 31 at 3 p.m., at the E-Center Sanctuary, 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, Calif. 94709.
 
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley. Santa Clara offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s degrees in a number of professional fields, law degrees, and engineering and theology doctorates. Distinguished by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, Santa Clara educates leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion grounded in faith-inspired values. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara is California’s oldest operating institution of higher education. For more information, see www.scu.edu.
 
Media Contact:
Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | (408) 554-5121 | dlohse@scu.edu

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