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Deborah Wilhelm

Adjunct Faculty

Deborah Wilhelm
Deborah Wilhelm

Deborah Wilhelm received her D.Min. in preaching from the Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, MO.  Her doctoral project, "Icons of the Word: The Contribution of Adult Learning Methods to Preaching Formation for Deacons and Laypersons," explores the connections between education and formation and suggests a reflective, communal, practice-oriented approach to forming men and women as effective preachers.

Dr. Wilhelm is a lecturer at California Polytechnic State University in writing.  Her interest in preaching grew out of accompanying her husband through his deacon formation program, as a result of which she received a master's degree from LIM.  She continues to serve on the deacon formation team in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Monterey.  She preaches periodically in her parish, has conducted preaching workshops, including here at Loyola, and is at work with retired Bishop Sylvester Ryan on a book on the homiletical formation of deacons.


D.Min, Aquinas Institute of Theology, 2012; M.P.S. Loyola University New Orleans, 2006; M.A. English, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 2000; B.S. Psychology and Human Development, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 1994

Classes Taught

  • Jesus and the Christian Tradition

  • Grace, Christ, and Spirit

  • Church, Sacraments, and Liturgy

  • Spirituality for Ministers

  • Pastoral and Educational Praxis