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]

Full List of Publications Here

Area of Focus
  • Systematic Theology

Research /Teaching Interest/Biography 
  • 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 teaches classes in ecclesiology, theological anthropology, and theological method which examine fundamental issues in theology and their ability to illumine contemporary questions.    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.  

  • "Hospitality," Abbey Banner, Fall, 2016.
  • "A Community of Disciples: How the Church Benefits from the intentional Community Movement," Bearings Online, September,8,2016
  • In the Name of the Church: Vocation and Authorization for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, editor (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012)
  • "A School for the Lord's Service: Benedictines, Wisdom and the Liberal Arts," Listening, Winter 2010 45:19-35
  • "Why Theology? Catholic Reflection on TwentyYears of Literature on Theologcal Education," Resources in American Christianity at
  • "A Sense of Place and the Place of Sense." In Professing in the Postmodern Academy; Faculty and the Future of the Church-Related Colleges, 73-111. Edited by Stephen R. Haynes. Waco: Baylor Universtiy Press, 2002

Special Committees/Organizations
  • Department of Theology:
    Departmental Advisory Committee (2013- Present)
    Committee for Majors and Minors (2013- Present)
    Committee for Theology 111 Assessment (2102 – Present)
    Committee for TU (Upper Theology) Assessment (2012- Present)
    Hiring Committee to Identify Administrative Assistant

  • Saint John's School of Theology:
    Faculty Committee for Vatican II and Ecumenism Lecture Series, (2013-Present)
    Reader for Student Theses
    Ad hoc committee for MA Comprehensive Exams Process
    Ad hoc Committee for MA Program Goals

  • Service to the Wider Community/Church:
    Member, Reformed-Catholic Dialogue of the United States
    Coordinator of the Ecclesiology Section for the CTSA
    Referee, Horizons Journal of Theology
    Referee, The Heythrop Journal
    Referee, Cistercian Quarterly
    Referee, The Catholic University of America Press

  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • College Theology Society
  • American Academy of Religion

Publications - Books
  • 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).

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
  • “Gaudium et spes Reconsidered and Re-Projected in What We Have Seen and What We Have
    Heard (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2017).
  • “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.
  •  “Introduction” in The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: Doing Truth in Love (Collegeville:
    Liturgical Press, 2014).
  •  “The Task of Theology” in The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: Doing Truth in Love
    (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2014).
  • “The Omnipresence of Grace: Examining the Relationship between Ad Gentes and Nostra Aetate
    Fifty Years Later,” Missiology: An International Review 42/2 (2014), 181-94.

Publications - Non-Refeered
  • Catholic-Reformed Dialogue
  • 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).
  • “Walter Kasper’s Gift to the Church: Ecumenism as the Work of All Christians,” The
    Living Church (September 3, 2010), 6-8.
  • “Ambassador of Hope: The Enduring Contribution of Edward Schillebeeckx,” The Living
    Church (Feb 14, 2010), 8-12.

Book Reviews
  • Book Review. The Spirit of Vatican II: Western European Progressive Catholicism in the Long
    Sixties,” Theological Studies (2017).
  • Book Review. “Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II,” Modern Believing (2017)
  • Book Review.  “The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church,” Worship 89:1 (2017): 80-83.
  • Book Review.  “The Great Grace: Vatican II,” Theological Studies 78:1 (2017): 273-4.
  • Book Review.  “Faithful to the Future: Listening to Yves Congar,” Modern Believing 57.466-7
    2016): 466-7.

Conference Presentations & Invited Scholarly Lectures
  • “Reconciled Diversity: Communion and Primacy as Ecumenical Opportunities Today,” Senior Lecture at Tantur
    Institute for Ecumenical Study, Jerusalem, Israel, July 13, 2017.
  • Ecclesiology Today: Challenges, Opportunities and Future Directions,” Plenary Address at the American
    Society of Missiology, Chicago, Illinois, June 16, 2017.
  • “The Role of Memories in Ecumenical Exchange,” Annual Meeting of the Conference of the Sixteenth
    Century, Bruges, Belgium, August 20, 2016.
  • “Beyond Fixed Positions - Becoming a Church in Motion: Opportunities and Challenges in the Catholic
    Church Today,” Annual Conference of the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame,” April 14, 2016.
  • Gaudium et spes Fifty Years Later: Examining its On-going Impact,” Annual Martens Lecture Series, University
    of Notre Dame, Notre Dane, Indiana, June 2015.


Invited Presentations
  • “Biblical Views of Marriage,” St. Benedict’s Campus Ministry, February 23, 2017.
  • “Shedding Theological Light on Relationships,” Men’s Development Institute, Alumni Lounge,
    Sexton, February 13, 2017
  • “Pope Francis and the Revolution of Love,” Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, MN, December 2016.
  • “Three Fruits of Listening,” Faculty Speaker at CSB Senior Dinner,” (elected by senior class) April 24, 2016
  • “The Idea of the Desert in the Bible,” Church of St. Joseph, St. Joseph, MN, February 22, 2016.