Carolyn Wright, D.Min.

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology
Director of Theological Field Education
Director of Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Master of Divinity, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality, Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C.

Recent Publications & Grants

  • “Will We Participate?” Celebration: Preaching Resources 47, no. 11 (November 2018): TBP.
  • “Do We Really Want God?” Living Pulpit. (June 2018)
  • “God’s Presence Pervades All Creation: Finding Inspiration in the Christmas Antiphons.” Celebration 46, no. 12 (December 2017): 3-5.
  •  “How Do I Love Me?” Celebration: Preaching Resources. 46, no.10 (October 29, 2017): 4.
  • “You are a Word.” Celebration: Preaching Resources 46, no.7 (July 16, 2017): 4.
  • “Emerging Women in Leadership,” Association of Theological Schools. Grant awardee for the Women in Leadership: Mentor-Mentee Program. Conference held February 28-March 1, 2018 with one-year follow-up relationship; second meeting October 1-3, 2018.
  • “Theological School Faculty Teaching Online.” Grant awardee of Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning, Crawfordsville, Indiana. March 2016-May 2017.
  • Ann M. Garrido and Carolyn A. Wright, “Contextual Education in Conflict Management: An Experimental Approach.” Seminary Journal 17, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 23-27.

Selected Presentations, Facilitations and Programs Developed

  • “Teilhard and Sustenance for the Long Haul.” Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Cavalletti Centenary Symposium, Aquinas Institute of Theology, Saint Louis, Missouri. Paper presented, August 19-21, 2017.
  •  “Difficult Conversations.” For DREs and CREs of Northwest County Deanery, Archdiocese of St. Louis, Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Presenter, February 18, 2016.
  • “Toward Fullness in Christ: Time, Play and the Work of your Hands.” St. Louis University Campus Ministry Team, Saint Louis, Missouri. Presenter, August 7, 2015.
  • “Rooted in Promise II.” A six-month (March-October 2014) ongoing formation program for lay ecclesial ministers with up to eight years in full-time ministry. Developed in consultation with Marian Love, Aquinas Institute of Theology and Denise Simeone, parish consultant. Session 1, Through Him: Time; Session 2, With Him: Space/Place; Session 3, In Him: Beauty; and Session 4, In Unity.
  • “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life,” University City Public Library, Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion. Grant project of ALA Public Programs Office and the Fetzer Institute. Facilitator for Karin Armstrong’s text; three public discussions; Spring 2012.
  • “Rooted in Promise.” A two-year (March 2011-2013) ongoing formation program for Lay Ecclesial Ministers with up to eight years in full-time ministry. Developed in collaboration with Marian Love, Aquinas Institute of Theology and Denise Simeone, parish consultant. Session 1, God’s Promise: Our Faithful Response; Session 2, God’s Promise: Our Authentic Response; Session 3, God’s Promise: Our Generous Response; Session 4, God’s Promise: Our Compassionate Response; Session 5, God’s Promise: Our Creative Response; Session 6, God’s Promise: Our Prophetic Response.
  • “Shaping Community: A Pastoral Planning Process.” St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marion, Illinois. Facilitated discernment of three key goals for pastoral planning, February 26, 2011.
  • One-Site Discernment Team, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church, Ferguson, Missouri. Designed and facilitated leadership team discernment process for site consolidation, May 2010-June 2011.

Professional Memberships & Boards

  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • Catholic Association of Theological Field Education
  • Association for Theological Field Education
  • National Association for Lay Ministry
  • National Association of Church Personnel Administrators
  • St. Louis Cluster Clinical Pastoral Education Board
  • Professional Consultation Committee of Lutheran Senior Services Clinical Pastoral