|Director of Youth in Theology and Ministry, 2000-
Adjunct Professor of Theology, 1990-
Coordinator of Lilly Endowment's Theological Programs for High School Youth
B.A., Saint John's University, 1977
M.A., Saint John's University, 1984
Ed.D., University of Minnesota, 2008
Undergraduate Courses Taught:
Youth Ministry (Spring 2013)
Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (Fall 2012)
The Christian Tradition
Marriage and Family
Ministry to the Sick and Dying
Graduate Courses Taught:
Evangelization and Catechesis (Spring 2013)
Youth Ministry (Summer 2012)
Integration Seminar (Spring 2011)
"Doing Theology Together to Advance Excellence in Lay Ecclesial Ministry," pp. 15-34, in In the Name of the Church: Vocation and Authorization of Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Ed Cahoy, William J. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012.
"Evaluating Adolescent Catechesis." Religious Education 106, no. 1: 63-81. 2011.
"The State of Adolescent Catechesis Today" in Source Book on Adolescent Catechesis: Volume 1. Washington, DC: National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. 2008.
"Young Disciples: Adolescent Christian Discipleship and Faith Practices," in The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry. Fundamentals, Theory, and Practice, pp. 56-68, ed. Robert McCarty, Winona, MN: St. Mary's Press, 2005.
What Catholic Teens Should Know About Homosexuality, St. Louis, MO: Pflaum Publishing Group. 2004.
Youth Ministry. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press. 1989.
"Assessing Christian Discipleship Formation in Catholic Youth Ministry" http://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/46868/3/Kaster_umn_0130E_10009.pdf
"A doormat is not a symbol of Christian Leadership," Professional Development Series 2012-13, Youth Ministry Network, St. Paul and Minneapolis.
"What's working in Adolescent Catechesis?" National Catholic Education Association National Conference, New Orleans 2011.
"Forming Christian Disciples," National Association for Lay Ministry National Conference. St. Paul, Minnesota, May 2009.
Panel Discussion: "Vocational Discernment: Insights from Listening to High School Youth," 6th Annual Conference on the College Male, Collegeville, MN, February 2009.
"The Challenge of Discipleship," National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry. Cleveland, December 2008.
"What Has Been the Impact of the Youth Programs?" Gathering of Leaders of Theological Programs for High School Youth, Fund for Theological Education/The Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, September 2008.
"Assessing Christian Discipleship." Minnesota Catholic Education Association Convention, August 2007.
Princeton Theological Seminary Youth Theology Research Group, 2012-present.
Minnesota Catholic Education Association State Certification Board for Lay Ecclesial Ministers. 2005-present.
Chair, Hands Across the World Board of Directors, 2008-2012.
Chairperson, 2007 & 2011 National Symposia on Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Collegeville, MN
2010 National Youth Ministry Award for "Regional Youth Ministry" - National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
Coordinator, Collegeville Ministry Seminar II. A partnership with the USCCB developing a theology of vocation and authorization for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, 2008-2010.
Chairperson, Think Tank on Vocation and Gender among High School Youth, 2008-2009.
Minnesota Catholic Education Association Leadership Forum Committee on Certification. 1997-2007.
Common Competency Project. 1999-2003 The writing committee for national competency standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers representing NALM, NFCYM, and NCCL.
Coordination of the Lilly Endowment Theological Programs for High School Youth 2013-2016. Awarded by the Lilly Endowment, $1,000,000 in 2012.
Theological Programs for High School Youth Renewal Grant (2012-2016). The Youth in Theology and Ministry program. Awarded by the Lilly Endowment, $875,000 in 2009.
Collegeville Ministry Seminar II Grant (2008), A collaborative project with the USCCB seeking to advance a theology of vocation and authorization for lay ecclesial ministry. $50,000 awarded by an anonymous foundation.
Lilly Grant for Think Tank on Vocation and Gender among High School Males, 2007.
Theological Programs for High School Youth Renewal Grant (2007-2011). The Youth in Theology and Ministry program. Awarded by the Lilly Endowment, $600,000.
National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry Grant (2007). $50,000 awarded by an anonymous foundation.
Theological Programs for High School Youth Renewal Grant (2003-2006). The Youth in Theology and Ministry program. Awarded by the Lilly Endowment, $600,000.
Theological Programs for High School Youth (1999-2003). The Youth in Theology and Ministry program. Awarded by the Lilly Endowment, $1,200,000.
Theological Programs for High School Youth Planning Grant (1999). The Youth in Theology and Ministry program. Awarded by the Lilly Endowment, $27,000.