Dr. Robert Kinast, founder of the Largo, Fla.-based Center for Theological Reflection, will give a free talk, “The Rebirth of Practical Theology,” at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in Brady Educational Center auditorium. The St. Thomas community is welcome.

Kinast’s talk is part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Teaching Parish Program, a program of pastoral formation for seminary students at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity.

Kinast has a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Emory University and has taught pastoral/practical theology at the Catholic University of America and at the Washington Theological Union. He is the author of 10 books and more than 70 articles on aspects of practical theology, lay ministry and process theology.

During his visit to St. Thomas, Kinast will share his expertise on theological reflection, a process to relate one’s experiences to one’s theology, with supervising pastors from the Teaching Parish Program, staff of the Center for BeFriender Ministry and parishes using BeFriender Ministry.

Kinast’s visit is sponsored by the Center for BeFriender Ministry, the Pastoral Formation program of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, and the UST Theology Department, supported with a grant from the Faculty Development Center.