Curriculum Vitae

Robert Franklin Gotcher, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae


2002 Marquette University. Doctorate in systematic theology. Teaching assistantship (Fr. David Coffey, Fr. D. Thomas Hughson, S.J.). Dissertation: “Henri de Lubac and Communio: The Significance of his Theology of the Supernatural for an Interpretation of Gaudium et Spes.”

1991 St. Paul Seminary School of Theology of the University of Saint Thomas. M.A. in theology. Tuition scholarship; thesis: “The Experience of God and the Mysteries of Christ.

1981 University of Notre Dame. B.A. in Program of Liberal Studies; second major in German. German Honor Society; sophomore year in Innsbruck, Austria; Notre Dame Scholar; Daly/Labar Scholarship.

Teaching Experience

2000 to 2009 Associate Professor, Systematic Studies. Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Other duties (2000-2003): Registrar, Assistant to the Academic Dean, Director of Pre-Theology.

1999 Instructor. Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1996-1998 Teaching Assistant. Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


“Henri de Lubac and Communio: The significance of his theology of the supernatural for
an interpretation of Gaudium et spes.” Marquette University, 2002.

Scholarly Publications

“History of Catholic Studies Programs.” Proceeding, 2007 Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Convention. (2010).

“Invective, Irony and Sarcasm and other negative rhetorical tropes in pro-life rhetoric.” The Law and Public Policy Review of the University of St. Thomas Law School (Winter, 2008), pp. 26-45.

Review, Deborah Savage’s, The Subjective Dimension of Human Work. Markets and Morality 11:2 (Fall, 2008), pp. 313-315.

Review, David Grumett’s, An Introduction to Henri de Lubac. The Thomist 73:1 (January 2009), pp. 166-168.

Review, Fr. James Schall, S.J., The Student Guide to Liberal Learning. Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 30:4 (Winter 2007), pp.55-56.

“Vatican II,” “Gaudium et Spes,” “Henri de Lubac.” Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science and Social Policy. Richard S. Myers, ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007.

Review of Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations. Journal of Markets and Morality 9:1 (2006), pp. 177-179.

“Theology of the Body: Implications for the Medical Profession.” Linacre Journal 73:2 (2006), pp. 115-131.

“New Ecclesial Movements and Communities: A Pastoral and Theological Challenge to the Local Church.” Fides Quaerens Intellectum, 2:1 (Autumn 2002), pp 55-90.

Gaudium et Spes as a Blueprint for the Culture of Life.” Life and Learning X: Proceedings of the Tenth University Faculty for Life Conference. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., ed. Washington, D.C.: University
Faculty for Life, 2002.  

Scholarly Presentations

“Liberal Learning and Seminary Education.” Faculty Colloquium, Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. March 4, 2009.

“Invective, Irony and Sarcasm in pro-life rhetoric.” University Faculty for Life Conference. Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin. May 31, 2008.

“Catholic Charities and same sex adoption.” St. John Vianny Seminary, Denver Colorado. February 20, 2008.

“The Task of a Theologian in Teaching Seminarians and Lay Students.” St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. February 11, 2008.

Invited chair of panel. “Catholic Studies Programs.” Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Convention. Washington, D.C. September 29, 2007.

Communio and the interpretation of Vatican II.” Faculty Colloquium. Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. March 23, 2006.

Respondent to Rev. Richard Hogan’s presentation on the Theology of the Body. Marquette University Natural Family Planning Conference. Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. June 11, 2005.

“Theology of the Body: Implications for the Medical Profession.” Regional meeting of Catholic Medical Association. Mundalein Seminary, Mundalein, Illinois. May 14, 2005. Invited.

“Theology of the Body: A Quiet Revolution.” Dehon Lecture, Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Feb. 25, 2004.

“Teaching The Religious Sense to Undergraduates.” Roundtable discussion. Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. November 2000.

Gaudium et Spes and the Culture of Life.” University Faculty for Life Conference, Georgetown University, Georgetown, D.C. June 4, 2000.

“Development of Doctrine in the Early Church.” Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio. April 26, 2000.

“Philosophy and Christianity in Three Types: Fr. David Burrell’s Position in Henri de Lubac’s Typology.” Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Northwester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. April 4, 1997.

Select Popular Publications

“The Wall.” Archdiocese of Milwaukee web page.

“The Nature of a Catholic, Liberal Education.” Homiletics and Pastoral Review (publication pending).

“Two Seminaries Strengthen Fellowship: Nashotah event explores history and future of Anglican-Orthodox relations.” Living Church 239:18 (November 1, 2009).

“What Makes a Catholic Writer?” Homiletics and Pastoral Review (April, 2008).

“Social Justice in Catholic Parishes.” Homiletics and Pastoral Review (March, 2007).

“Catholic Bookshelf, part I.” Catholic Servant (September, 2006).

“Catholic Bookshelf, part II.” Catholic Servant (October, 2006).

“My Lessons in Fatherhood from God the Father.” The Messenger: Missionaries of the Holy Family (Spring/Summer 2006), Pp. 2-5.

“How to Follow Your Dreams Without Losing Your Cool.” Life Principles Reflections (Summer, 2005),  

“Vocations in the Family.” The Messenger: Missionaries of the Holy Family (Lent, 2005), pp. 12-14.

“Apprenticeship to the Apostolate.” Catholic Servant (November, 2004).

Review of Medieval Exegesis, Vol. 1: The Four Senses of Scripture, by Henri de Lubac. New Oxford Review (July-August, 1999), pp. 46-7.  

“Computer Power and Human Reason.” Caelum et Terra 4:2 (Spring, 1994), p. 34,  

“Personal Action in Corporate America.” Caelum et Terra 3:2 (Spring, 1993),

“Everyday Christianity.” Catholic Digest (April, 1992), pp. 101-103.

Select Popular Presentations

“Capital Punishment.” Interview, The Drew Mariani Show, Relevant Radio, November 6, 2009.,
(hour 2).

“New Ecclesiastical Movements: their history, character and relation to the Church.” The Ramos Community of Ignatian Associates. Milwaukee, Wisconson. September 30, 2008.

“Capital Punishment, Why Not?” Theology on Tap. Racine, Wisconsin. July 8, 2008.

“The Catholic Intellectual Tradition.” University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Newman Center. Four sessions. Spring, 2008.

“The Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics.” St. John Vianny Seminary, Denver,. Colorado. February 11, 2008.

“What exactly IS a Catholic education?” Greater Milwaukee Catholic Home Educators Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. April 2007.

“Embryonic Stem Cell Research.” St. Joan of Arc Parish, Nashotah, Wisconsin. March 14, 2007.

“Joy and Sorrow in Lent.” Priests of the Sacred Heart, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. March 9, 2007.

“St. Thomas Aquinas.” Aquinas Club, University. University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. January 29, 2007.

“Resurrection of the Body,” St. Martin of Tours Parish, Franklin Wisconsin. November 17, 2006.

“Marriage,” “Capital Punishment,” “Embryonic Stem Cell Research,” Fire Up the Spirit Presentation. West Bend, Wisconsin. October 17, 2006. Kenosha, Wisconsin. October 31, 2006.

“Introduction to Vatican II,” “Sacrosanctum Concilium, ” “Lumen Gentium,” “Dei Verbum,” “Gaudium et Spes.” Greater Milwaukee Catholic Home Educators. Fall, 2005-Spring, 2006.

“Advent: a penitential season.” St. Pascal Baylon Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. Wind Lake, Wisconsin. November 13, 2005.

“Catholic Social Teachings,” The Aquinas Club. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. February 28, 2005.

“Vatican II.” Bellarmine Society. Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. November 2, 2004.

“Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening: on the implementation of Catholic Social Teachings at the parochial level.” St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. March 14, 2004.

Ecclesia de Eucharistia: on the pope’s 2003 encyclical.” Family Life Council. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. November 28, 2003.

Rosarium Virginis Mariae: A three-part discussion of the pope’s 2002 apostolic letter.” Family Life Council. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. May-June, 2003.

“Evangelization in the post-Vatican II Church.” St. John the Evangelist Church, Greenfield, Wisconsin. 1999.

Ecclesiastical Service and Other Projects

2010 Trained online facilitator, Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, University of Dayton.

2009-2010 Primary author, Report on Catholic identity of Marquette University for the Marquette University Office of Mission and Ministry.

2009-2010 Instructor, Homeschool Connections. Online courses on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Christian Spiritual Writers, Logic, G.K. Chesterton, and Writing for College.

2009 Instructor, Deaconal Formation Program. Diocese of Evansville, Indiana. Medical ethics and Catholic Social Teaching.
2008-2009 Instructor, Deaconal Formation Program. Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Instructor for Deacon aspirants in the Catechism and Catholic Spiritual Writers.

2007 Instructor, Academic Retreat for Teachers, Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. University of St. Francis, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Weeklong workshop. Taught the trivium, literature and theology.

2006-present Censor Librorum, Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

2003-2009 Fellow, Pastoral Solutions Institute. Steubenville, Ohio.

2002-present Classic Catholic Weblog.

Awards and Scholarships

Saint Paul Seminary tuition scholarship (1985-1991)

Marquette University tuition scholarship (1995-98)

Justin Fund scholarship (1996-9)

Marquette Teaching Assistantship (1996-98)

Religious Studies Dissertation Fellowship (1998-99)

Research Languages

Latin, German, French.

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Religion
Catholic Theological Society of America
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
University Faculty for Life