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Theology Department

Gregory Sobolewski, Ph.D.
Gregory Sobolewski
Theology - Professor

(507) 457-1767

Greg Sobolewski is a tenured Professor of Theology at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He has also taught in the university's Institute of Pastoral Ministries since 1994 and became the institute's director in 1996.

Prof. Sobolewski was an invited participant in the U. S. bishops’ national consultations on Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord (2005), as well as a contributing writer for the “Proposed Foundational Document on Lay Ecclesial Ministry” that informed this document.

His book Martin Luther, Roman Catholic Prophet was published in 2001 by Marquette University Press.

Greg completed a Ph.D. in historical theology at Marquette in 1993, preceded by graduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He served two terms as Chair of the Theology Department at Saint Mary's (1994-1997, 2000-2003) and was a Director of Religious Education in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (1979-81).

Greg and his wife Susan, a lead-nurse in obstetrics at Mayo Clinic, have three children, David, Amy Marie , and John.

Scholarly & Creative Interests
Roman Catholic Pastoral Leadership
Second Vatican Council
Roman Catholicism and Martin Luther
Technology and Ministry

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Augustine of Hippo
Capstone: Citizenship, Family, Work & Faith
History of the Bible
History of Catholic Thought
Introduction to Catholic Theology & Doctrine
Vatican II

Professional Organizations
American Catholic Historical Association
Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry
Catholic Theological Society of America
College Theology Society
Minnesota Catholic Education Association State Certification Review Board
National Association of Lay Ministry

Ph.D., Marquette University, 1993
Graduate Studies, Pontifical Gregorian University, 1978
B.S., Marian College of Fond du Lac, 1977
A.S., Gogebic Community College, 1975

Teaching Experience
2002 to Present: Professor of Theology, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
1996 to Present: Director, Institute in Pastoral Ministries, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
1991-2002: Associate Professor of Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
1986-1991: Assistant Professor of Theology, College of Saint Francis, Joliet, Illinois

Other Professional Experience
2001-2003: Elected to Executive Committee of the Association for Graduate Programs in Ministry: Vice President for 2001, President for 2002, and Past-President for 2003
1999-2000: Member, Wackerlin Endowment Planning Team, Aurora (IL) University
1994-1997, 2000-2003: Chair, Theology Department, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
1979-1981: Director of Junior High and Senior High Religious Education, St. Joseph's and St. Mary's Parishes, Fond du Lac Wisconsin

2003-2006, Brother J. Robert Lane Endowed Chair in Humanities
2001, Received ecclesiastical mandatum
1996, Inducted into Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Catholic Honor Society
1995, Tenured at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
1988, Lilly Foundation-College of St. Francis Grant for Faculty Scholarship
1977-1978, Pastoral Formation at North American College in Rome, Italy

Recent Collaborations
“Historical Foundations and Prospects for USCCB's Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, September 13, 2008

An Introduction to Roman Catholic Ecclesiology,” Diocese of Raleigh Diaconate Formation Program, April 4-6, 2008

“Art and History to Understand Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord,” Lay Ecclesial Ministry Commission, Diocese of San Jose, January 14, 2008

Lead Co-Planner with Rev. Paul Golden, CM, Mr. Lawrence Price, and Rev. Daniel Smilanic, Curriculum for Graduate Certificate in Canon Law, Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 2005-2007

Co-Sponsor and Participant, “Working in the Vineyard of the Lord: A National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry,” Collegeville, Minnesota, July 31-August 3, 2007

Co-Planner with Dr. Mark Kemmeter, Bishop’s Chief of Staff, “Foundations in Theology: A First Curriculum of Catholic Studies,” Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, Spring 2007

“Educating Prisca and Aquila,” Workshop Session VI, Joint Annual Conference of National Association of Church Personnel Administrators and National Association for Lay Ministry, St. Louis, April 25, 2007

Participant, Consultation the Reception and Effectiveness of Co-Workers in the Vineyard, USCCB Committee on the Laity, Denver, December 4, 2006

Co-Planner with Dr. Mark Kemmeter, Bishop’s Chief of Staff, “Together in Communion: A Pilot Year of Catholic Studies in the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota,” 2006-2007

Participant, Co-Planning the 2007 National Symposium: Sustaining Pastoral Excellence in Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Denver, September 26-28, 2006

Participant, 2006 Pre-Symposium: Sustaining Pastoral Excellence in Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, August 3-4, 2006

“Educating Prisca and Aquila,” Colloquium on Co-Workers in the Vineyard, Archdiocese of Chicago and Loyola University of Chicago, June 13, 2006

“Tactical Church: A Theological Prospective for Lay Ecclesial Ministry,” Annual Meeting of the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry, Jacksonville, February 18, 2006

Invited Facilitator, “Co-Workers in the Vineyard: Pathways to Ministry,” National Association of Lay Ministry Home Mission Network, February 13, 2006

Martin Luther, Roman Catholic Prophet. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2001. Reviews: Theo Bell in Tijdschrift voor Theologie 44 (2004): 191; Geoffrey J. Grubb in Catholic Books Review (2002):; Denis Janz in Religious Studies Review 29 (2003): 305; Jared Wicks, S.J. in Theological Studies 64 (2003): 441-442.

“The Roman Catholic Church and Non-Christian Religions.” World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery. Winona MN: Saint Mary's Press, 1998. 6-9

Roman Catholic Reception of Luther in the Twentieth Century: Magisterial Positions and Their Ecumenical Significance. Diss. Marquette University, 1993. Ann Arbor: UMI, 1994. 9411526. Reviewed by Jeffrey Gros, F.S.C. in Journal of Ecumenical Studies 33 (1996): 266

Review of June E. O'Connor's The Moral Vision of Dorothy Day: A Feminist Perspective in Lutheran Quarterly, N.S. VII (1993): 229-231

Review of Michael Shermis's and Arthur Zannoni's Introduction to Jewish Christian Relations in Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia 103 (1992): 70-72

Review of Hans Urs von Balthasar's Credo: Meditations on the Apostles' Creed in Lutheran Quarterly, N.S.VI (1992): 209

Review of Frans Jozef van Beeck's God Encountered: A Contemporary Catholic Systematic Theology I: Understanding the Christian Faith in Lutheran Quarterly, N.S. V (1991): 110-112

“Apostolic Delegate,” “Imprimatur," “Index of Forbidden Books,” and “Merit” in Dictionary of Christianity in America (Downers Grove IL: InterVarsity Press, 1990)

Review of Alice and Anne Klejmont's Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker in Record of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia 98 (1987): 117-118