Dr. Thomas Walters
Department: Pastoral Studies
Title: Professor of Religious Education
- BA (LaSalette Seminary, 1966)
- MA (University of Detroit, 1970)
- MEd (Wayne State University, 1974)
- PhD (Wayne State University, 1980)
Dr. Tom Walters, Professor of Religious Education, has been at
the Saint Meinrad School of Theology since 1983. His areas of
expertise are religious education and catechetics. His research
interests have centered on parish and diocesan catechetical leaders
in the United States: who they are, what they do and their
He has served as president of the National Conference for
Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), Midwest Association of Theological
Schools (MATS), and Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry
(AGPIM), and has been a member of the board for the Association of
Professors and Researchers in Religious Education (APPRE). He
currently serves on the Association of Theological School's Faculty
Development Advisory Committee.
Dr. Walters is a well-know author and speaker. He has given
numerous presentations and workshops to catechetical leaders at
national gatherings and in dioceses throughout the country.
His more recent books include: Lay Ministers and Their
Spiritual Practices (Our Sunday Visitor, 2003), co-authored
with James D. Davidson and others, and A Crucial Key
(National Catholic Educational Association, 2009), a study of
generational differences among current and future catechetical
leaders, which he co-authored with his wife, Rita.
Tom and Rita are the recipients of the NCEA’s 2012 C. Albert
Koob Award for outstanding contribution to Catholic education.