This is the first book to argue that spirituality and practical theology can be integrated by using Catholic theologian Edward Schillebeeckx's understanding of the role played by human experience in the methodologies of both spirituality and practical theology. His sermons, considered as enactments of practical theology, explore various dimensions of this spirituality/praxis-oriented theology, and how he uses the category of human experience therein. Interest in the study and practice of spirituality has increased remarkably in the past two decades in academia and in public discourse, as well as within institutionalized settings. The renewed interest in the praxis associated with spirituality is reflected likewise in the re-emergence of "practical philosophy" and the associated rebirth of practical theology. The present situation invites dialogue and mutually critical reflection by practical theologians and spirituality scholars/practitioners.
This dissertation argues that spirituality and practical theology can be integrated by using Catholic theologian Edward Schillebeeckx's understanding of the role played by human experience in the methodologies of both spirituality and practical theology. His integration of practical theology and spirituality is brought out in greater relief in his sermons that elsewhere in his work.
Kathleen Dolphin is a Catholic religious Sister. She is a member of the congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Founded in Ireland in the late 18th century, the Congregation now numbers over a thousand Sisters and there are PBVM Sisters serving in 20 different countries. The Sisters work for structural change especially in issues related to women and children, indigenous peoples, environment/sustainable living and human rights. Over the years the Presentation Sisters have placed a high value on higher education. It is not unusual that a Sister would hold more than one degree. Sister Kathleen earned her doctorate at the University of Chicago, where she also completed a Master of Arts degree. She holds two other Master's degrees: one in theology and spirituality from Creighton University, one in science education from the University of Montana. Most recently, Sister Kathleen retired from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana where she taught religious studies and administered the nationally recognized Center for Spirituality. Prior to her thirteen years at Saint Mary's, Sister Kathleen taught in the Institute of Pastoral Studies in the Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago for ten years.
Chapter One: Spirituality and Practical Theology:; Introduction to the Conversation; Thesis; Purpose of this study; Chapter Two: Spirituality and Practical Theology:; Experience as starting point; Purpose of Chapter Two; Definition of terms; Spirituality.