Rev. Michael Monshau, O.P.

Professor of Homiletics and Liturgy

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Education

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University (Homiletics and Liturgics)
S.T.L. Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas - The "Angelicum" (Spiritual Theology)
M.Div.  Aquinas Institute of Theology
M.A. Vanderbilt University (Homiletics and Liturgics)
M.A.  Aquinas Institute of Theology (Theology)
M.A.  Mundelein College (Religious Studies)
B.A.   Lewis University (English)

Professional Memberships

  • The Society for Catholic Liturgy
  • Academy of Homiletics (currently inactive)

Board Memberships

Queen of the Holy Rosary College, Mission San Jose, California

  • President, Board of Trustees, 2005-2006  
  • Member, Board of Trustees, 2003-2005

Background Information

Ordained as a Catholic Priest, May 14, 1988

Dominican friar of the Chicago Province of St. Albert the Great, first professed August 19, 1984; solemnly (finally) professed August 30, 1986

Principal Fields of Interests

  • Homiletic Education
  • Liturgical Studies
  • Religious and Seminary Formation
  • Spiritual Formation and Counsel to Contemplative Religious Communities

Academic Experience in Higher Education

Professor of Spiritual Theology, 2008-2015 — Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum), Rome, Italy

Professor of Homiletics, 2006-2008 — Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis), Saint Louis, Missouri

Professor of Homiletics and Liturgical Studies, 2000-2006 — Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union (Studium of the Dominican Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Western U.S.A.), Berkeley, California

  • Full Professorship granted in 2003
  • Member of the Core Doctoral Faculty, 2003-2006

Assistant/Associate Professor of Homiletics, 1996-2000 — SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary (Diocesan seminary for international students), Orchard Lake, Michigan

Guest Lecturer, Summer, 1995 — St. Mary's Dominican Priory Summer Institute of Theology and Preaching, Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland

Instructor, Summers, 1988, 1989, 1994 — Aquinas Institute of Theology Summer Preaching Institute, Saint Louis, Missouri

Works Published

Books

Preaching at the Double Feast: Homiletics for Eucharistic Worship, editor, co-author.  Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2006.

The Grace and Task of Preaching, editor, co-author.  Dublin: Dominican Publications, 2006.

Praying with Thomas Aquinas, co-author.  Winona: St. Mary's Press, 1997.

Praying with Dominic, Winona: St. Mary's Press, 1995.

Academic Articles, Pastoral Reflections and Editorships

"Portrait of a Slovenian Artist: Lillian Brulc, Naj pociva v miru," Zarja (Official Publication of the Slovenian Union of America), vol. 85, no. 5 (September 2013), pp. 20-23.  

"In Processu: Human Formation," Homiletic and Pastoral Review, vol. 111, no. 2 (November 2010), pp. 76-77.

"The Homiletic Movement Prior to Vatican II," Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal, vol. 12, nos. 1-3 (2008), p. 297-307.

"Go and Do Likewise: Ethics and Preaching," Living Pulpit, vol. 17, no. 4 (July-September 2008), on-line at: http://www.artofthesermon.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=68&Itemid=1&ed=4

"Poverty: Validating Sign for One's Preaching," Living Pulpit, vol. 17, no. 1 (January-March 2008), p. 22-23 .

"Call to Mission: the Necessary Ingredient for Preaching," Living Pulpit, vol. 16, no. 3 (July-September 2007), p. 26.

"'Bury Me under the Feet of My Brothers,' St. Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers," The Word Among Us, vol. 26, no. 6 (June 2007), pp. 51-56. Online at: http://www.wau.org/current/article.asp?id=8042

"Everyone's Candidate for Favorite Priest," Homiletic and Pastoral Review, vol. CVII, no. 7 (April 2007), pp. 44-47 (repeat of article in HPR, vol. CVII, no. 2). 

"The Influence of the Ecumenical Movement upon Vatican II's Restoration of Liturgical Preaching for Catholic Worship," Doctrine and Life, vol. 57, no. l (January 2007), pp. 24-34.

"Everyone's Favorite Priest: Building up the Church," Homiletic and Pastoral Review, vol. CVII,  no. 2 (November 2006), pp. 65-68.    

"The Preaching Potential of Almsgiving," Homiletic and Pastoral Review, vol. CVI, no. 9 (June 2006), pp. 56-58.

"Afterword: the Church's Participation in the Public Forum,"Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture, vol. 39, no. 2 (Spring 2004), pp. 431-433.

Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture, guest co-editor, vol. 39, no. 2 (Spring 2004), "Contemporary Ethical Issues."

"Celebrant's Guide for Sundays and Festivals: Third Sunday of Lent," "Celebrant's Guide for Sundays and Festivals: Fourth Sunday of Lent," "Celebrant's Guide for Sundays and Festivals: Fifth Sunday of Lent," Scripture in Church, vol. 34, no. 133 (January-March 2004), pp. 26-28; 30-33; 33-35.

"Commentary and Reflections for Sundays and Festivals: Third Sunday of Lent," "Commentary and Reflections   for Sundays and Festivals: Fourth Sunday of Lent," "Commentary and Reflections for Sundays and Festivals: Fifth Sunday of Lent," Scripture in Church, vol. 34, no. 133 (January-March 2004), pp. 71-73; 76-78; 78-81.

"The Word at Worship: Ingredient for Unity," Living Pulpit, vol. 12, no. 3 (July-September 2003), pp. 24-25.

"The Catechetical Movement," Liturgical Catechesis, vol. 6, no. 3 (June-July 2003), pp. 8-10.

Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture, guest editor, vol. 38, no. 1 (Winter 2003), "The Recovery of Catholic Preaching."

"The Responsibility of Every Christian: To Preach Jesus Christ," Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture, vol. 38, no. l, (Winter 2003), pp 21-33. Online at: http://www.listeningjournal.org/article_5.htm

"The Biblical Movement and Vatican II's Restoration of Liturgical Preaching," Scripture in Church, vol. 33, no. 129 (January-March 2003), pp. 114-127.

"Principles for Effective Preaching," The Priest, Vol. 58, No. 9 (September 2002), pp. 20-26.

"The Most Sensible Gift on the Feast of All Souls: A Reflection on the Significance of Praying for the Dead," L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 45, no. 44 (October 31,   2012), p. 22.

"Keeping Saints' Days: Formation for Christian Life," L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 44, no. 45  (November 9, 2011), p. 16.

"Whose Gifts are they Anyway?" L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 43, no. 22 (June 2, 2010), p. 9.

"What do You Call Mary?  Drawing Closer to Our Mother during May," L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 43, no. 19 (May 12, 2010), pp. 6,8.

"Devotional Customs Enrich the Holy Week Experience," L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 43, no. 13 (March 31, 2010), p.12.

"Cultivating the Strength to Love:  Reflection on the Meaning of Laetare Sunday," L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 43, no. 10 (March 10, 2010), p. 16.

"Drawing Strength from a Shared Experience: Family Life and Lent," L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 43, no. 6 (February 10, 2010), pp. 4,7.

"Celebrate the Coming of the Christ Child: Becoming Pilgrims for the Christmas Season," L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 42, no. 51 (December 23/30, 2009), pp. 21-22.

"Timeless Words A Seasonal Source of Inspiration: Special Antiphons during the Last Week of Advent," L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 42, no. 50 (December 16, 2009), p. 14.

"Observe Advent Devotions and Make Christ the Center on the Feast of His Birth:  A Catholic Response to the Growing Aberrations of the Holy Seasons of Advent and Christmas,"      L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 42, no. 49 (December 9, 2009), p. 13.

"Study of the Sacred Sciences Must Never be Separated from Prayer: Reflection on the Holy Father's  Address," L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 42, no. 47 (November 25, 2009), pp. 4-5.

"Sharing the Patrimony of Good Preaching: Reflection on the Apostolic Constitution from the   Perspective of a Homiletician," L'Osservatore Romano (English edition), vol. 42, no. 46 (November 18, 2009), pp. 8-9.

Review Articles

The Catholic Church Through the Ages: A History, John Vidmar (Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2005), in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, vol. CVI, no. 3 (December 2005), pp. 70-71.

One Gospel, Many Ears: Preaching for Different Listeners in the Congregation, Joseph Jeter, Jr., and Ronald J. Allen (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2002), in Worship, vol. 77, no. 3 (May 2003), pp. 285-287.

Presentations 2003 to present

Preached Vestition Retreat, Marian Franciscan Sisters, East Aurora, New York, August 2017

Workshop on Pope Francis' Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere, for the Cloistered Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Blessed Sacrament Convent, St. Louis, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Corpus Christi, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; July 2017

Presentation, "Eucharist" for parish retreat evening, Queen of Heaven Parish, East Aurora, New York, April, 2017

Preached Retreat, Seminarians for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, January 2017

On-going Formation Program facilitator and presenter, Workshop, Holy Spirit Contemplative Adoration Sisters' Convents in Philadelphia, Corpus Christi, St. Louis and Lincoln, 2014, 2015

Course: "Servant Leadership" being presented over a three-year period to Participating Monasteries of the Association of Cloistered Dominican Nuns of North America, 2014-16

Preaching Workshop, Clergy Formation Week, Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 2014

Spirituality Conference for Seminarians, SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Michigan, "The Practice of Penance in the Life of the Priest," September 2013.

Preached Community Retreat, Cloistered Dominican Nuns, Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament, Farmington Hills, Michigan, September 2013

Catechism Presentation for the Home-School Community (School Children and Parents), "Praying with the Saints," Farmington Hills, Michigan, August 2013

Facilitator, Meeting of the North American Superiors, Holy Spirit (Contemplative) Adoration Sisters, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 2013

Facilitator, Faith Sharing Training Workshop, Holy Spirit (Contemplative) Adoration Sisters, Convent of Divine Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August  2013

Facilitator, Faith Sharing Training Workshop, Holy Spirit (Contemplative) Adoration Sisters, Christ the King Convent, Lincoln, Nebraska, August 2013

Preached Priests' Retreat, Clergy of the Diocese of Lincoln, Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, Waverly, Nebraska, August, 2013

Facilitator, Faith Sharing Training Workshop, Holy Spirit (Contemplative) Adoration Sisters, Blessed Sacrament Convent, Corpus Christi, Texas, July, 2013

Preached Province Retreat, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny — Province of the West Indies, Lourdes Retreat Centre, Arouca, Trinidad July, 2013

Facilitator, Faith Sharing Training Workshop, Holy Spirit (Contemplative) Adoration Sisters, Mount Grace Convent, Saint Louis, Missouri, July, 2013

Private Retreat Director for American Clerics, Dominican Monastery, Lourdes, France, March, 2013

Preacher, Parish Mission, Saint Leo Parish, Bonita Springs, Florida, March, 2013

Lecture Series on the History and Spirituality of Liturgy, Monastero Pio XII (Cloistered Dominican Nuns), Fatima, Portugal, February, 2013

Keynote Speaker, The Maltese Dominican Province's Fourth Congress on Preaching, "The Word: From the Desert to the City," Victoria, Gozo, and Rabat, Malta, November, 2012

Annual Workshop on Preaching the Word of God Today, for the ICTE program at the North American College, Rome, Italy, Fall, 2012-2014

Preached Retreat, Contemplative Dominican Sisters (and Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace), Ortonville, Michigan, August 2012

Preached Retreat, Notre Dame Sisters, Chardon, Ohio, July, 2012

Summer Reflection Days (for retired Religious and Laity), Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home, Joliet, Illinois, June and August, 2012

On-going Formation Program, Holy Spirit (Contemplative) Adoration Sisters: Lincoln, Nebraska; St. Louis, Missouri; Corpus Christie, Texas; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; July, 2012

Preached Retreat, General Chapter, Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Paris, France, May 2012

Workshop on Preaching the Word of God Today, for the ICTE program at the North American College, Rome, Italy, Winter 2012

Conference Series: "History of Worship."  Novitiate of the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament (Cloistered Dominican Nuns), Farmington Hills, Michigan, September, 2011

On-going Formation Conference Series, "Our Lady, Spouse of the Holy Spirit," Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters. Four locations: Saint Louis, Missouri; Corpus Christi, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lincoln, Nebraska), August-September, 2011

Preached Retreat, Sisters of Saint Francis of the Martyr Saint George, Alton, Illinois, August, 2011

Preached Retreat, Notre Dame Sisters, Chardon, Ohio, July, 2011

Preached Retreat, Mount Grace Convent (Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters), Saint Louis, Missouri, August, 2011

Spiritual Conference Series, English-Speaking Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Steyl, the Netherlands, July, 2011

Workshop, "Servant Leadership" for the Capitulars (and Superiors and Formators) at the General Chapter of the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration, Bad Driburg, Germany, July, 2011

Preached Retreat, Pius XII Monastery of Cloistered Dominican Nuns, Fatima, Portugal, June 2011

Workshop on Preaching the Word of God Today, for the ICTE program at the North American College, Rome, Italy, Spring 2011

Workshop on Preaching the Word of God Today, for the ICTE program at the North American College, Rome, Italy, Fall 2010

Keynote Speaker, Annual Catholic School Teachers' Institute, Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, October 2010: "The Catholic School Teacher as a Bearer of the Word of God."

On-going Formation Program, Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Lincoln Nebraska, August 2010

Preached Retreat, Dominican Novitiate, Denver, Colorado, August, 2010

On-going Formation Program, Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Saint Louis, Missouri; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Corpus Christie, Texas; July 2010

Preached Retreat, Generalate of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Bad Driburg, Germany, June 2010

Preached Recollection Day for the UISG (International Union of Superiors General) Annual Advent Retreat Day for English-Speaking Sisters in Rome, November, 2009

Preached Retreat for English-Speaking Sisters in Rome, Sisters of Notre Dame International Center, Rome, Italy, November, 2009

Preached Retreat, Cistercian Monks, Bronx, Sparta, Wisconsin, October, 2009

Preached Retreat, Dominican Cloistered Nuns, Bronx, New York, Alabama, August, 2009

Preached Retreat, Dominican Novitiate, Denver, Colorado, August, 2009

On-going Formation Program, Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Saint Louis, Missouri, August, 2009

Preached Retreat, Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Corpus Christi, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lincoln, Nebraska; July, 2009

On-going Formation Program, Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January, 2009

Advent Triduum Retreat, Cloistered Dominican Nuns, Farmington Hills, Michigan, December, 2008

Preached Retreat, Dominican Novitiate, Denver, Colorado, August, 2008

On-going Formation Program, Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Corpus Christi, Texas; Lincoln, Nebraska; June, 2008

Preached Retreat, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, Stamford, Connecticut, June, 2008

Preached Retreat, Dominican Cloistered Nuns, Marbury, Alabama, June 2008

"The Apostles and the States of Perfection," Holy Spirit Adoration (Contemplative) Sisters, Mount Grace Convent, Saint Louis, Missouri, May, 2008

"A New Look at Penance as a Source of Love;" "The Apostles and the States of Perfection," Carmelite Nuns, Carmel of Saint Joseph, Saint Louis, Missouri, Spring 2008

Preached Retreat, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, Monticello, New York, March, 2008

Preached Retreat Day: Oratory of Saint Francis de Sales, Institute of Christ the Sovereign Priest, Saint Louis, Missouri, March 2008

Presentation, "Preaching Anew with Advent," South City Deanery of Presbyters, Saint Louis, Missouri, December, 2007

Lecture Series, "History of the Liturgy of the Hours," Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Saint Louis, Missouri, November-December, 2007

Presentation, "The Two-Fold Response to the Call to Holiness," Ste. Therese Vocation Society, St. Louis, Missouri, November 2007

Speaker and Group Process Leader, "Eucharist: Mystery to be Lived," Annual Meeting of the Bishops of the Province of Missouri with the Major Superiors of Women and Men Religious, October 2007

Preached Retreat, Dominican Novitiate, Denver, Colorado, August, 2007

Preached Retreat, Dominican Cloistered Nuns, Elmira, New York, July, 2007

Lecture: "Dominican Spirituality," Central Dominican Province Vocation Weekend, Saint Louis,  Missouri, March 2007

Lecture: "The Superior as Minister of the Word of God," Mission Superiors of the American Province of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, Alton, Illinois, February 2007

Lecture Series:  "Cultivating a Dominican Culture," Dominican Nuns Conference Lecture Series, Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, Buffalo, New York, February 2007

Preaching Workshop for the Priests and Deacons of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada, Clergy Study Days, Minden, Nevada, January 2007

Vespers Preaching, Christmas Novena, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri, December 2006

Liturgical Preaching, Advent Novena, Saint Francis de Sales Oratory, Saint Louis, Missouri, December 2006

Advent Conference, Pauline Book Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, November 2006

Advent Conference, Sisters of Saint Francis of the Martyr Saint George, Alton, Illinois, November 2006

Lecture: "Dominican Spirituality," Central Dominican Province Vocation Weekend, Saint Louis, Missouri, November 2006

Lecture Series: History and Theology of Liturgy, Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Mount Grace Convent, Saint Louis, Missouri, 2006-2007

Preached Retreat, Dominican Novitiate, Denver, Colorado, August 2006

Preached Retreat, Dominican Chicago Province, Barrington, Illinois, August 2006

Preached Retreat, Dominican Cloistered Nuns, Summit, New Jersey, July 2006

Preaching Workshop, Dominican Novitiate, San Francisco, California, Spring 2006

Homiletics Workshop, Tschoepe Institute, Dallas, Texas, January 2006

Lecture Series: History of Liturgy, Dominican Novitiate, San Francisco, California, 2005-2006

Preached Retreat, Dominican Novitiate, Denver, Colorado, August 2005

Preached Retreat, Western Dominican Province, Oakland, California, June 2005

Preaching Workshop for the Priests and Deacons of the Diocese of Portland, Maine, Clergy Study Days, Bar Harbor, Maine, May 2005

Preaching Workshop for the Deacons and Lay Ministers of the Diocese of San Jose, Ministry Formation Program, San Jose, California, May 2005

Preaching Workshop, Catholic Coalition on Preaching National Conference, San Jose, California, October 2004

Presentation on the Dominican Charism of Prayer, Board of Trustees, Queen of the Holy Rosary College, Mission San Jose, California, September 2004

Lecture Series: History of Liturgy, Dominican Novitiate, San Francisco, California, 2004-2005

Preached Retreat, Dominican Novitiate, Denver, Colorado, August 2004

Preaching Workshop for the Priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Clergy Study Days, Menlo Park, California, June 2004

Preaching Workshop Series, Dominican Novitiate, San Francisco, California, 2003-2004.

Preached Retreat, Dominican Novitiate, Denver, Colorado, August 2003

Preached Retreat, Dominican Cloistered Nuns, Lufkin, Texas, June 2003

Non-Academic Ministerial Experience Since Ordination

General Chapter Consulter, Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, 2011, Bad Driburg, Germany

Retreats and Spirituality and Ministerial Formation Conferences for various Religious Communities of Cloistered Nuns, Active Religious and Diocesan Presbyterates (Preaching workshops for Clergy), in the United States and Europe, on-going commitments to present

Canonical Visitator of Cloistered Monastery:

     2008 - Saint Jude Monastery (Cloistered Dominican Nuns), Marbury, Alabama

     2007 - Corpus Christi Monastery (Cloistered Dominican Nuns), Menlo Park, California

     2006 - Monastery of the Infant Jesus (Cloistered Dominican Nuns), Lufkin, Texas

Director of on-going formation program for the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters in the United States 2008-present, with annual week-long workshops in Corpus Christi, TX; Lincoln, NB; St. Louis, MO; Philadelphia, PA

Prior (religious superior), 2006-2008 — Saint Dominic Priory (House of Formation of the Central Dominican Province), Saint Louis, Missouri

Prior (religious superior), 2003-2006 — Saint Albert Priory (House of Formation and Provincial Motherhouse of the Western Dominican Province), Oakland, California

Religious formator, assistant religious formator, formation team member, 2001-2006 — Western Dominican Province, Oakland, California

Vicar for the Master General of the Dominican Order, 2005-2008 — Corpus Christi Monastery (Cloistered, Contemplative Dominican Nuns), Menlo Park, California

Member, Board of Trustees, 2003-2006 (Chairman of the Board 2005-2006) — Queen of the Holy Rosary College, Fremont, California

Formation Director, 1996-2000 — SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Michigan

Religious Superior, 1997-2000 — St. Gertrude Dominican Community, St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Retreat Center Director, Retreat Director, Spiritual Director, College Seminary Spiritual Direction, Parish Mission Preacher, Homiletics and Liturgy Workshops, 1988-1991 — Queen of Peace Retreat Center, Fargo, North Dakota

International Experience

Faculty Member of the Angelicum, Rome, Italy (2008-2015)

Travel in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, Japan, the Philippines, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Canada, Egypt and Malta

Retreat Preaching, Lecturer and Church Supply in Ireland, France, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Malta, Trinidad, and the United States

Summer Pastoral Work in Lourdes, France and Ireland (1990-1996)

Various Dominican Order Symposia and Study Sessions, Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Italy, France, Spain, Malta

Buffalo Seminary School