Susan Reynolds is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theology and Education at Boston College and Part-Time Faculty in Theology at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC. Her research focuses on ritual and practice in diverse Catholic parishes and in other contexts of marginality. Her dissertation, Becoming Borderland Communities: Ritual Practice, Solidarity, and Pedagogy in Shared Parishes, argues that in Catholic parishes serving multiple cultural, ethnic, or linguistic communities, shared practice has the capacity to create spaces within which parishioners negotiate a lived sense of ecclesial community. For this project, she conducted fieldwork over four years at a multicultural and multiracial Catholic parish in urban Boston.
She has an extensive research background in Practical Theology, Liturgical and Ritual Studies, U.S. Latino/a Theology and Ministry, Lived Religion, Religious Education, and Ecclesiology and Ethnography. She has also applied her research on ritual to the neglected pastoral concern of prenatal loss. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed venues including New Theology Review, the College Theology Society Annual Volume (Orbis, 2016), and in other scholarly and pastoral publications.
Prior to doctoral work, Reynolds taught middle school in Brownsville, Texas, through the University of Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education program. She has pastoral experience in college campus ministry, liturgical music ministry, and youth and young adult formation.