Fr. Reginald Whitt


Father Reginald Whitt
(651) 962-4921
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4921

1000 LaSalle Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Office Location: MSL 424

J.C.L. and J.C.D., The Catholic University of America

J.D., Duke University

S.T.B. Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception

B.A., Loyola College

Father Reginald Whitt returned to the faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in the fall of 2007 after taking a leave to serve as President of the pontifical faculty at the Dominican House of Studies in 2003.  Whitt has taught on the law school faculties of Villanova University, the University of Kentucky, Duke University and the University of Notre Dame.  Known for his research in African-American Catholic concerns, his 1990 article, "Not Rite Now: An African American Church?", won first prize among original works from the Catholic Press Association.  His other research interests embrace the ministry of the bishops, liturgical law, Catholic colleges and universities, and ecclesiastical structures, property and governance.

Father Whitt was a founding member of the St. Thomas School of Law faculty.

Courses Taught

Number Title Credits
635 Torts 4
782 Canon Law of Marriage 3
802 Administrative Law 3
803 Advanced Torts 3
864 Employment Law 2
950 Supervised Resrch & Writing .5

Areas of Academic Expertise:

African-American Catholic Concerns

From the article "Grand Ideas: Faculty members describe the best ideas from their scholarship" St. Thomas Lawyer Magazine Fall 2011

The most important idea for my research in the past 10 years has been in the area of canon law (i.e., the law of the Catholic Church), to empirically survey the methods employed by the several Catholic colleges and universities in the United States in order to identify and assess the variety of methods these institutions have used (e.g., modifications in institutional governance, or in hiring standards and procedures; new offices for identity and mission, and the programs they have undertaken; etc.) to comply with the 1990 apostolic constitution, Ex Corde Ecclesiae and the American bishops’ “Norms of Application” for that special law, both of which are designed to promote the Catholic ecclesial identity and mission of those schools.

Upcoming: Examining the recent Vatican laws toward establishing special “ordinariates” for Anglican Christians who enter full communion with the Catholic Church.

Contributions and mentions in the media


D.R. Whitt, “With Righteousness in His Suitcase”: Reflections on the Ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 54 Vill. L. Rev. 421 (2009).  

D. R. Whitt, “What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate”: The Mind of the Legislator in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, 25 J. C. & U. L. 769 (1999).