Director of the Ph.D. in Practical Theology program and Professor of Practical Theology
- B.S., Foreign Service (Georgetown University, Washington)
- M.A., Sociology (University of Michigan)
- Ph.D., Sociology (University of Michigan)
- Forthcoming, with Kathleen Cahalan. “A Developing Discipline: Catholic Movements and Voices in Practical Theology” in Claire E. Wolfteich, editor, Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions. Mahwah: Paulist Press.
- 2011. “Revitalization Movements, Social Change, and Justice: Brazil’s Toca de Asis in Global Perspective.” Pages 133-150 in J. Steven O’Malley, ed. Interpretive Trends in World Christian Revitalization. Lexington, Kentucky: Emeth Press.
- 2011. “Voting and Political Discourse as Practical Theology.” International Journal of Practical Theology. 15: 74-93.
Dr. Froehle joined the faculty in 2008 as director of the Ph.D. in practical theology, the only program of its kind at a Catholic institution in the United States. Previous to that, he served as founding director of the Saint Catherine of Siena Center and faculty of Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. From 1995 to 2003, he was first senior research associate and then executive director and research associate professor at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, a national Catholic research center. Other teaching posts include Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, in Caracas, Venezuela.
He is a member of the International Academic for Practical Theology, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Association for Practical Theology, as well as other professional societies. He is presently vice-chair of the advisory board for the Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University.
Research and Teaching:
Dr. Froehle’s published work focuses on pastoral trends and practical theology in the context of world Christianity. His most recent book examines the role of theological understanding and religious practice in the 2008 U.S. presidential elections. He is presently involved in a multi-year consultation and study of world Christian revitalization in association with Asbury Theological Seminary’s Center for the Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements. He also writes for pastoral audiences, including a monthly column for the homily preparation publication Prepare the Word. He has presented at nationally and regionally, including gatherings of priests, lay ecclesial ministers, and Catholic educators, on trends in pastoral ministry, education, and church life in the United States and internationally.
He teaches World Religions, Religion in Latin America and the Caribbean, Religion in the United States, Method in Ministry, Contemporary Practical Theology, Community Life and Pastoral Practice, Social Science for Practical Theology, and the Doctoral Dissertation Seminar.
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