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Fr. J. Ronald Knott

Head shot of Fr. J. Ronald KnottHometown: Louisville, KY

Rev. J. Ronald Knott, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, is founding director of the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. 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.

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 and From Seminarian to Diocesan Priest: Managing a Successful Transition. He has also published collections of his homilies and collections of his weekly columns. Fr. Knott has published articles in AmericaChurch and Seminary Journal.

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