Rev. J. Ronald Knott is a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville who is now serving as the founding director of the Saint Meinrad School of Theology Institute for Priests and Presbyterates. Father Knott is the author of Intentional Presbyterates: Claiming Our Common Sense of Purpose, a book about preparing seminarians to enter presbyterates and about how priests can mentor them into their presbyterates after ordination, as well as From Seminarian to Diocesan Priest: Managing a Successful Transition; The Spiritual Leadership of a Parish Priest: On Being Good and Good at it and Intentional Presbyterates: The Workbook. Later in the year Molding Yourself: Self Formation in Priestly Formation is scheduled for publication.
After graduating from the Saint Meinrad School of Theology with a Master of Divinity Degree, Father Knott was ordained for the Archdiocese of Louisville in 1970. After ordination, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in the area of parish revitalization from McCormick (Presbyterian) Seminary in Chicago. In his present work with presbyterates, Father Knott has conducted over 100 priest convocations, retreats and study days in the US, Canada, Ireland, Wales, England and The Bahamas.
He was awarded The Louisville Forum’s Fleur-de-lis Award for outstanding community service in 1995, National Conference of Christians and Jews Award 2001 for inter-faith work in Louisville, National Federation of Priest Council’s Touchstone Award in 2008, St. Meinrad School of Theology’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010.