Speaking Topics

Schultz with Tim Fitzgerald, CP, S.T.D. during filming of their DVD programs on the Eucharist, Confession, discernment, and spiritual direction.

Schultz with Tim Fitzgerald, CP, S.T.D. during filming of their DVD programs on the Eucharist, Confession, discernment, and spiritual direction.

 

Karl A. Schultz is one of the world’s leading speakers on biblical and Catholic spirituality and personal growth. He is known worldwide for his expertise in lectio divina, the ancient model of prayerfully reading the Bible holistically. He has given presentations throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand on a variety of topics including: lectio divina, suffering, care-giving, human development and potential fulfillment, time and stress management, the spirituality of work, journaling, conflict resolution and collaboration between men and women, marital spirituality, theology of the body, coping with infertility and other intimate losses, St. Joseph and men’s issues and spirituality, Adam and Eve in the Bible and Life, Pope Paul VI and Vatican II, Bible 101, Praying with the Gospels, the book of Job, the Gospel of Matthew, and the Holy Family.

Schultz’ repertoire ranges from one hour lunch and learn workshops at corporations, law firms, and other organizations to support group presentations at a health-care or parish environment, to parish missions, evening presentations, all or half day workshops, conference talks and keynote addresses, and weekend or corporate retreats.

Schultz’ men’s group talks, retreats, and conference addresses on St. Joseph and men’s and relationship issues are particularly unique and popular. Drawing from such diverse sources as the Gospel of Matthew, Pope John Paul II, St. Francis  deSales, Jean Guitton, Fr. Walter Ong, Dr. Warren Farrell, Dr. Paul Nathanson and Dr. Katherine Young, and Dr. Cornelius F. Murphy, Jr., he transcends the simplistic pop psychology and fundamentalist approach prevalent in many men’s fellowship environments, and offers compelling and coherent guidance based on authoritative and timeless source material. He rejects the short-lived, overly emotional, rah-rah style popular among platform speakers in favor of an enduring and substantive multi-disciplinary approach expressed in a down-to-earth, humorous, and dialogical / interactive manner.

Schultz recognizes the co-constituted or shared nature of gender issues and encourages men’s fellowship groups to integrate the participation of women in their formational efforts through periodic talks or programs open to women as well. As he often observes, if the women aren’t engaged, the men won’t get far (and vice-versa of course).

Schultz gives presentations on St. Joseph, the Holy Family, the dangers of feminism and machismo, and collaboration to women’s groups as well. Drawing extensively from the 2004 Vatican document on the subject, he promotes reconciliation and collaboration between the sexes according to principles revealed in Scripture, Church teaching, nature, and the human sciences.

Integrating Scripture, Tradition, magisterial teaching, cutting edge sociological, psychological, and gender studies sources, including credible but politically incorrect / counter-cultural data, and grass roots wisdom and experience, he convincingly exposes the weaknesses and similarities of feminism and machismo, and offers a healthy and orthodox perspective on gender identity, vocations, relations, and communications.

Reminiscent of the collaborations noted in the Gospel of Luke, he works directly with women focus groups and peers to counter destructive secular ideologies that have devastated both sexes, the family, and society. Schultz has been interviewed on men’s, women’s, and relationship issues numerous times on the national Catholic radio station Relevant Radio and the international Catholic television station, EWTN. His teaching series on lectio divina and the Holy Family will air in 2014.

Schult’z books and talks recognize the importance of a multi-disciplinary and multi-Mummy Knows Bestcultural approach in a complex world. He feels you should benefit from other expert’s insights along with his, hence the third party articles in the appendices to his books, and his collaborative endeavors with topical experts and religious authorities (e.g., various bishops) in print and in audio and visual formats. Collaborators include Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop Wilson, and Bishops Hanna and Campbell, Fr. Andrew Campbell, OSB, Ph.D., Dr. Cornelius Murphy, Dr. Warren Farrell, and Patricia Harper, M.S., R.D.

Schultz addresses difficult questions in a humorous, hopeful, and interactive manner, engaging his audience in a Spirit-sensitive dialogue while discerning the signs of the times (what is happening in the world, and how God is acting and revealing Himself). He draws heavily from biblical, traditional, and magisterial wisdom and the insights of the human sciences, particularly psychology, sociology, phenomenology, gender studies, and literary classics.

Karl’s experience and expertise is not confined to religious subjects. He integrates art, music, literature, edifying dimensions of popular culture,Nancy Moose 2 and athletics (particularly physical fitness — Karl played basketball for the University of Michigan and aided by the habits and discipline developed there continues to work out for over an hour each day), and nutrition (he produced two CDs with nationally known nutrionist, Pat Harper, MS, RD). His objective is to empower the development of a well-rounded, faith-filled person.

Schultz’s programs emphasize steady, long-term development based on little victories. He infuses his substantive, content-driven material with playful humor, relaxing and entertaining participants while they learn, and facilitating participation.

Sample Retreat, Presentation, and Workshop Topics

The How-to of Lectio Divina

Beginning with the Word: The What, When, Who, Why, and How of Lectio Divina

Sharing the Word with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph: A Model for Lectio Divina

Practicing and Sharing Lectio Divina in a Familial, Parish, or Educational Context

Facilitating a “School of the Word” (Cardinal Carlo Martini’s Renowned Model for Scripture Sharing Using Basic Principles of Exegesis and Ignatian Spirituality)

Practicing Lectio Divina on the Lectionary, Psalms, and Gospels

 

Karl and books at a Legatus presentation in Las Vegas

Karl and books at a Legatus presentation in Las Vegas

Lectio Divina Applications

Job Therapy: The Stages and Language of Suffering and Care-Giving: Practicing Lectio Divina and Guided Meditations on Job for Healing and Growth

Stress Transformation and Job Therapy: Coping with Chaos Through Lectio Divina

Integrating Lectio Divina with Theology of the Body Using the Principles of Dialogue and Dignity

Reading Divine and Human Signs: Journaling on Life and the Bible Using Lectio Divina and the Three Stages in the Life of Moses

Utilizing Lectio Divina with Devotions Such as the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, and Stations of the Cross

Lectio for Lectors: Preparing for and Proclaiming the Word

Lectio Divina and Confession

Teaching Lectio Divina in Catholic Schools and in CCD and RCIA Programs

 

The New Evangelization: Catholic Formative Spirituality

Where is God When You Need Him?: Christian Perspectives on Suffering and Care-giving

The First Gospel: Matthew’s Privileged Place in the Canon, the Church, and Christians’ Lives

Pope Paul VI: His Life, Times, Teachings, and the Legacy of Vatican II

Experiencing the Beatitudes in Life: The Counter-Cultural Spirituality of Christianity

When Two Hands and Twenty-Four Hours Aren’t Enough: Catholic Time Management

Basketball, Business, the Beatles, and the Bible

Little Victories for Personal and Spiritual Growth

Fulfilling Our Potential: The Three Formative Stages of Moses’ Life and Ours

Wellness & Potential Fulfillment in Catholicism: An Alternative to Secular Self-Help

 

Men’s Groups Presentations, Conferences, and Retreats

St. Joseph: Model for Catholic Men

Joseph, the Silent Saint: Inspired Model of Masculinity, Discipleship, and Humility

Learning Lectio Divina: Building the Domestic Church Around God’s Word

Theology of the Body for Men: The St. Joseph Guide to Catholic teaching on Sex, Love, and Marriage

Why Boys and Men Are Falling Behind, and How Catholicism Remedies This

Personal Energy Management: Time and Stress Management Practices for Men

Bringing Men Back to Church and the Family: What Both Sexes Need to Know About Adam: Biblical and Contemporary Perspectives on Men and Relationships

Project Collaboration: Men and Women Together in the Lord

Go to Joseph: The Silent Saint, Inspired Model of Masculinity, Discipleship, and Humility

Bringing Men Back (to Church and the Family): What Both Sexes Need to Know About Adam: Biblical and Contemporary Perspectives on Men and Relationships

Theology of the Body — What’s All the Buzz About?: Applications of Pope John Paul II’s teachings on Sex, Love, and Marriage for Mature Christians

Reconciling Adam and Eve: Gender Identity and Relationships in the Bible and Life: Biblical Principles for Conflict Resolution, Healing, and Intimacy

The Genius of Femininity: Not Priests, But Doctors, Mystics, Mothers, Mentors, and Models: Pope Paul VI and the Empowerment and Elevation of Women

Theology of the Body, A Catholic Alternative to Ideological Feminism and Hedonism: An Accessible Guide to Catholic teaching on Sex, Love, and Marriage

Men and Women Together in the Lord: Practical Applications of the 2004 Vatican Document on Collaboration

Adam and Eve in the Bible and Life: Biblical Principles for Communication, Collaboration, Conflict Resolution, Healing, and Intimacy

The Genius of Femininity: Not Priests, But Doctors, Mystics, Mothers, Mentors, and Models: Pope Paul VI and the Empowerment and Elevation of Women

Presentations include extensive handouts with talk outlines and follow-up applications.

Presentations offer practical guidance in a pastoral manner based on biblical and magisterial sources informed by the human sciences and grass roots experience and wisdom.

The Art of Dialogue and the Milan Masters: Lectio Divina as a Foundation for Spirituality and communication According to Montini (Pope Paul VI) and Martini (Cardinal Carlo)

Job Therapy: The Stages and Language of Suffering and Care-Giving According to Job: Practicing Lectio Divina and Guided Meditations on Job for Healing and Growth

Where is God When You Need Him?: Christian Perspectives on Suffering and Care-giving

Experiencing the Beatitudes in Life: The Counter-Cultural Spirituality of Christianity

Re-Reading the Signs of the Times: Rediscovering the Forgotten Pope, Paul VI, and His Legacy, Vatican II

Fulfilling Our Potential: The Three Stages of Moses’ Life and Ours: Education and Formation, Idealism and Failure, and the Divine Initiative (Acts 7:17-43)

The First Gospel: Matthew’s Privileged Place in the Canon, the Church, and Christians’ Lives

When Two Hands and Twenty-Four Hours Aren’t Enough: Catholic Time Management

Stress Transformation and Job Therapy: Coping with Chaos Through Lectio Divina

Wellness & Potential Fulfillment in Catholicism: An Alternative to Secular Self-Help