Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Adjunct Faculty and Emeritae

Bill Huebsch

Title/s: Adjunct Instructor

E-mail: whuebsch@luc.edu

CV Link: CV_Bill_Huebsch


Bill Huebsch holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Masters in Theological Studies from the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago.  He served as a diocesan administrator for many years in Minnesota, principally in the Diocese of New Ulm where he served with Bishop Ray Lucker. He later served as President and Publisher at Twenty-Third Publications.

Bill has published more than 30 books and booklets on pastoral ministry, along with half a dozen adult religious education resources in both English and Spanish. He teaches on contemporary events in church history, including (1) Vatican II and subsequent pastoral and theological developments especially Karl Rahner SJ’s contribution; (2) Models of Catechesis, which a special focus on whole community approaches; and (3) Catholic Pastoral Practice in the Era of Pope Francis, including a close examination of Accompaniment as a pastoral strategy. For many years, Bill has maintained a busy international lecture schedule, assisting pastoral leaders to understand current church teaching and implement it within their faith communities.

Selected Publications


  • Grace (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1988)
  • Rethinking Sacraments (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1989)
  • A New Look at Prayer (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1991)
  • A Radical Guide for Catholics (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1992)
  • Vatican II in Plain English, (South Bend: Ave Maria Press, 1996.)
  • The Collection of three books in a slip case.
  • Praying with John XXIII (Ijamsville, MD: The Word Among Us, 1999)
  • People of God at Prayer (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2000)
  • The General Directory for Catechesis -- in Plain English (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2001)
  • Whole Community Catechesis: In Plain English (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2002)
  • Continuing the Journey (Thomas More, 2002, General Editor)
  • Imagining a New Church (Thomas More, 2003, General Editor)
  • Handbook for Success in Whole Community Catechesis (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2004)
  • Bringing It All Home: Whole Community Catechesis (Harcourt, 2004, Gen’l Editor)
  • The Pastor’s Guide to Whole Community Catechesis (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2005)
  • Dreams and Visions: Pastoral Planning for Lifelong Faith Formation (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2007
  • Great Expectations: A Pastoral Guide for Partnering with Parents (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2010)
  • The Art of Self-giving Love (ACTA, 2013)
  • Toward a Culture of Holiness for the Parish ACTA, 2013) The Spiritual Wisdom of St John XXIII (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2014)
  • Jesus: the Master Catechist (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2015)

Booklets and booklet series

  • Who Do People Say That I Am? (Los Angeles: Franciscan Communications, 1990)
  • The New Scripture Way of the Cross (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third, 1993)
  • Scripture Stations of the Cross: Remembering Pope John and Celebrating 3 Vatican II (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third, 1999)
  • Divine Renovation: Group Reading Guide (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2015)
  • Group Reading Guide for The Joy of the Gospel (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2013)
  • Praying the Stations with Pope Francis (Twenty-Third Publications, 2014)
  • Group Reading Guide for the Care of our Common Home (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2015)
  • Be Merciful: Reflections on the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2015)
  • Group Reading Guide for Amoris Laetitia (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2016)
  • The Art of Accompaniment (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2017)

Adult catechetical curriculum

  • The Growing Faith ProjectCreciendo en la Fe (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2005)
  • Presenting the entire Catechism in Plain English or Spanish Into the Fields (Twenty-Third Publications, 2007, general editor)
  • Growing Up CatholicCrecer en la Fe Catolica (PastoralPlanning.com, 2011)
  • Sacramental Prep formation that coaches parents Come to the Table │Ven a la Mesa (PastoralPlanning.com, 2011)
  • Our Catholic Life │ Nuestra Vida Católica (Twenty-Third Pubs, 2016)

Video, eResource, & Other Media

  • The Mystery of God. (Allen, TX Thomas More, 1997. Three 28 minute films.) Writer & executive producer.
  • What Ever Happened to Grace? (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1999. Audio)
  • Seven Key Principles for Whole Community Catechesis: The DVD (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2004)
  • PastoralPlanning.com (a web site supporting Catholic parish ministry) Bible Study in Plain English Estudio de Biblia en Español Sencillo (PastoralPlanning.com, 2014)
  • The Vatican II Project El Proyecto del Vaticano II (PastoralPlanning.com, 2012)
  • Driving the Speed Limit (Amazon.com, 2013) eBook
  • The Joy of Just Living (PastoralPlanning.com, 2014)

Hundreds of articles in trade journals

Hundreds more seasonal, pastoral, and theological resources at PastoralPlanning.com

Comments from Students:
“Easy to understand and follow.”
“Really connected all the pastoral dots!”
“Bill made understanding church documents seem like fun.”
“He brings theology down to earth. His humor and teaching style draw in the students and help them want to learn.”
“A very well organized class, full of practical applications for all the theology.”