Karla Bellinger

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Associate Director, John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics 


Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, Aquinas Institute, St. Louis 
M.A. in Systematic Theology, University of Notre Dame
B.S. in Forestry, North Carolina State University

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Karla J. Bellinger is deeply involved in the practical side of homiletics, asking, "Through preaching, how do we bring our people into an encounter with the living God?" Her focus is on speaking the words of the people in the pew to those who preach from the pulpit, teaching preachers to ask themselves, "How do I connect this Good News to these peoples' lives on this day? She is a popular presenter both in homiletics and on connecting with youth, giving convocations, workshop sessions, and keynote addresses around the United States. She is the author of Connecting Pulpit and Pew: Breaking Open the Conversation about Catholic Preaching from Liturgical Press as well as many book chapters and articles.


Bellinger speaks to the field of Catholic preaching from a wide and varied background. She has served the Church in many areas of ministry as a hospital chaplain, preaching coach and consultant, high school theology teacher, youth minister, retreat leader, parish pastoral associate, and CYO soccer and volleyball coach. From her background in forestry, she is also a master gardener whose expertise is often called upon to advise budding gardeners. As a wife and mother of five young adults, she lives and breathes the language of young people. Her greatest joy in life is translating our rich theological tradition into words that transform.

Bellinger - Curriculum Vitae



Department of Theology
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