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dr. S. Gaertner

Assistant Professor 

Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
Department of Practical Theology and Religious Studies


My research presumes that the fundamental task of pastors is the promoting of religious identity. This raises the question of the identity of the pastors themselves, both on a personal and a professional level. The project therefore aims at analysing typical late Modern challenges for the pastors. This is done in view of those dimensions that are central to their functioning, such as power, time, and language.


Principal publications

  • Der Fall des niederländischen Katholizismus. Kirche und Seelsorge in einer spätmodernen Gesellschaft (Katholizismus im Umbruch 5), Freiburg/Br. et al. 2017.
  • Praktische theologie. Verkenningen aan de grens, Leuven 2015. (samen met A. Dillen)
  • Praktische Theologie in der Spätmoderne. Herausforderungen und Entdeckungen (Studien zur Theologie und Praxis der Seelsorge 89), Würzburg 2014. (samen met T. Kläden en B. Spielberg)
  • Zeit, Macht und Sprache. Pastoraltheologische Studien zu Grunddimensionen der Seelsorge, Freiburg/Br. et al. 2009.
  • Gottesrede in (post-) moderner Gesellschaft. Grundlagen einer praktisch-theologischen Sprachlehre, Paderborn/München/Wien/Zürich 2000.

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Last amended: 19 June 2017