Dr. Ed Hahnenberg to be NALM Forum Presenter

Dr. Edward P. Hahnenberg will be the NALM Forum Presenter on Friday, June 1, 2018, at the Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. The title of Dr. Hahnenberg’s Forum presentation is, “The Practice of Practical Theology: Ministry Formation from the Ground Up.” Dr. Hahnenberg is a past keynote presenter at a previous NALM Annual Conference as well as a past recipient of NALM’s Spirit of the Conference Award in 2011. Further information about his Forum Presentation continues below.


Friday, June 1, 2018
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

By design, by necessity, and sometimes by accident, lay ministry formation programs have cultivated distinctive modes of theological reflection that sprout up from the contexts, communities, and concrete practices of faith today. As co-workers in the vineyard of the Lord, have we claimed the fruits of these methods? Have we attended enough to the potential of practical theological reflection? This workshop opens up a conversation about the place of practical theology within both Catholic theology in general and lay ministry formation in particular. It looks toward the future with hope, and with the help of a few themes from the ministry of Pope Francis.

Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D. is the Breen Chair in Catholic Theology at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He taught previously at Xavier University in Cincinnati and at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his Ph.D. in 2002. Dr. Hahnenberg is the author or co-editor of five books—A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium (edited with Richard Gaillardetz, Liturgical Press, 2015), Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers (Liturgical Press, 2014), Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call (Liturgical Press, 2010), A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007), and Ministries: A Relational Approach (Crossroad, 2003)—and numerous articles in academic and pastoral journals. He is currently a delegate to the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue and was a theological consultant to the U.S. Bishops’ Subcommittee on Lay Ministry in its preparation of the document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. In 2011 he received the Spirit of the Conference Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry in recognition of his contributions to the church’s ministerial life.

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