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Cousins Award bestowed on Sr. Katarina Schuth

The 2014 Archbishop Cousins Vocations Award was bestowed on Sr. Katarina Schuth, OSF, Ph.D. (left) at an Oct. 22 gala at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology.

Presenting the award was Mary Meehan, Ph.D., chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Sacred Heart.

The Archbishop Cousins Vocations Award honors an organization or individual who has demonstrated distinguished effort, involvement, and promotion of vocations among men over 30 to the Roman Catholic priesthood. The award was established by Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology to commemorate Milwaukee Archbishop Cousins’ 60th anniversary of priesthood and to recognize his leadership role in promoting vocations. 

Sr. Katarina Schuth is an internationally renowned and respected researcher on seminary education and priestly ministry. She has worked with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University on many of their studies on priestly ministry and seminary preparation. She is a promoter of priestly vocations and vocations for men over 30. Sr. Katarina holds an endowed professorship for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In 2011 she authored, “A Study of Priests Ordained from Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, WI, and Saint John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, MA.” In March of 2011 Sr. Katarina came to Sacred Heart and presented the findings of her study to the Faculty Council and to the Board of Directors, and on Oct. 22 she returned to discuss trends in Catholic parish ministry with seminarians, alumni, faculty and administrators.

Some of her books are:

  • Seminaries, Theologates, and the Future of Church Ministry: An Analysis of Trends and Transitions, published by Liturgical Press, 1999
  • Reason for the Hope: The Futures of Roman Catholic Theologates, in 1989
  • Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes, published by Liturgical Press 2006

She coauthored:

  • Cooperative Ventures in Theological Education, published by University Press of America with Fraser, Friar, Radtke, Savage, 1989
  • Educating Leaders for Ministry, published by Liturgical Press 2005

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