Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

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Fr. J. Ronald Knott

Faculty, IPP

Head shot of Fr. J. Ronald KnottDepartment: Pastoral Studies
Title: Director, Institute for Priests and Presbyterates

Education History

  • DMin (McCormick Presbyterian Seminary, 1974)
  • MDiv (Saint Meinrad School of Theology, 1970)
  • BA (Saint Meinrad College, 1966)


Rev. J. Ronald Knott, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, is founding director of the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates.

After graduating from Saint Meinrad School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree, Fr. Knott was ordained in 1970.

He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in parish revitalization from McCormick (Presbyterian) Seminary in Chicago.

Fr. Knott has served his archdiocese as a home missionary, country pastor, cathedral rector and vocation director. Besides being the director of the Institute, he is a weekend campus minister at Bellarmine University in Louisville and writes a weekly column for his diocesan paper, The Record.

Fr. Knott is the author of Intentional Presbyterates: Claiming Our Common Sense of Purpose; From Seminarian to Diocesan Priest: Managing a Successful Transition; The Spiritual Leadership of a Parish Priest: On Being Good and Good at It, and edited and contributed to A Bishop and His Priests Together: Resources for Building More Intentional Prebyterates.

He has also published three collections of homilies and eleven collections of his weekly columns. Fr. Knott has published articles in America, Church, Deacon Digest, Pastoral Review  and Seminary Journal.

Topic of IPP presentation: Parish Revitalization, A Passion for Pastoring, The Ascetisism of Leadership, Presbyteral Theology