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Dean Manternach

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Office: 104 MJH 
Mail Stop: 1825 
Phone: 8154 

Degrees Held

Ph.D., Boston College
MA, The Catholic University of America
BS, Iowa State University

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Dr. Dean P. Manternach is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Clarke University. After completing his degree at Iowa State, Dr. Manternach entered into seminary formation at The Catholic University of America. This degree work helped him discern a call to full-time parish ministry serving parishes in Iowa and Kentucky. After completing his Ph.D. in Theology and Education in Boston, he came to Clarke in 2003. He speaks regularly on topics of catechesis, mission, and adult faith formation in parishes within the region, teaches graduate level ministry courses at Loyola University Chicago, and is active as a leader in various professional organizations including the Religious Education Association: Association of Professors and Practitioners in Religious Education (APPRE) and the National Association of Lay Ministry (NALM). He also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the NETWORK Education Program, a national Catholic social justice lobby group in Washington, D.C. Manternach is married and has four children. Away from the office he enjoys learning Spanish, cooking for family and friends, and reading.

Courses Taught

CU 101 Transitions:
First Year Seminar

RELS 100 Foundations of the Spiritual Life

RELS 204 Faith Communities

RELS 215 Spirituality of Christian Marriage

RELS 218 Ethics for Christian Living

RELS 219 Faith and Holistic Development

RELS 395 Practicum in Catechetical, Liturgical, Pastoral or Youth Ministries

IPS 555 – Human Person & Psychological Development (Loyola University Chicago)

IPS 580 – Field Education I – Religious Education
 (Loyola University Chicago)

Recent Publications & Presentations

"Theology and Catechesis: What Does it Mean to Me?" – Presentation to the Independence DIOCORE, St. Mary’s, Manchester, IA, August 2012.

"The Spirituality of the Catechist," Presentation to the Elkader DIOCORE, St. Mary’s, Strawberry Point, January 2012.

"A Time for Renewal," Co-Retreat Facilitator for St. Mary’s Parish Lenten Mission, Manchester, IA, March 2012.

"What Gives You Hope in the Future?" SALT, A Publication of the Sisters of Charity, BVM, Vol. 37, No. 3, Spring 2009.

"Student-Centered Assessment of Service Learning: Inviting Transformation through Telling the Story," University of Notre Dame, Center for Social Concerns Conference, From Evangelization To Discipleship: Integrating Catholic Social Thought And Community Based Learning, June 6, 2007.


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