Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996 – 2000
    Master in Religious Studies, Catholic University Leuven

  • 1998
    Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies, second year, Summa cum laude.

  • 2000
    Master’s Degree in Religious Studies, second year, Summa cum laude with congratulations of the jury (with an Erasmus-exchange programme at the Catholic Theological Faculty in Münster, Germany).

  • 2000
    Academic Teacher Training, Magna cum laude.

  • 2000 – 2005
    Master in Theology, Doctor in Theology

  • 2001
    Master’s Degree in Theology, Summa cum laude with congratulations of the jury.

  • 2004
    Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus (STL), Summa cum laude.

  • 2005
    Doctor in Theology (Sacrae Theologiae Doctor) (STD) (15 April 2005)

Selected publications

  • Dillen, A. (2013). The Complexity of Power in Pastoral Relations: Challenges for Theology and Church. ET-Studies, 4(2), 221-235.

  • Vandenhoeck, A., Dillen, A. (2013). Le paradox de la pédagogisation et les conséquences pour les soins pastoraux en pédiatrie. Counseling et spiritualité/Counselling and Spirituality, , 11-25.

  • Dillen, A. (2012). The Resiliency of Children and Spirituality: a Practical Theological Reflection. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 17(1), 61-75.

  • Dillen, A. (2012). Neither Angels, nor Devils. Theological Views on Children's Responsibility. INTAMS Review, 18, 192-202.

  • Dillen, A. (2011). Power, justice, asymmetry and relationality in pastoral care and parent-childrelationships. International Journal of Practical Theology, 14(2), 204-218.

  • Dillen, A. (2011). Good News for Children? Towards a Biblical Hermeneutic of Texts of Terror. Irish Theological Quarterly, 76(2), 164-182.

  • Dillen, A. (2011). Empowering Children in Religious Education: Rethinking Power Dynamics. Journal of Religious Education, 59(3), 4-12.

  • Dillen, A. (2011). Caritas: powerful ecclesiastical salvific action. Aspects of diaconal service in light of power mechanisms. Diaconia: Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice, 2(1), 66-80.

  • Dillen, A. (2010). Empirical research and family ethics. Ethical Perspectives, 17(2), 283-307.

  • Henckens, R., Pollefeyt, D., Hutsebaut, D., Dillen, A., Maex, J., De Boeck, E. (2011). Geloof in kinderen – Levensbeschouwelijke perspectieven van kinderen in kaart gebracht. Instrumenta Theologica, 33. Leuven: Peeters.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • BOF-project (START): The Balance of Power in Parent-Child-Relations and in Pastoral Care. Pastoral Theological Research about Mutuality and Empowerment (October 2009-September 2013).

  • Educational project:”De ontwikkeling van 10 geïntegreerde, variabele en interactieve onderwijs- en leermodules voor het universiteitsbrede opleidingsonderdeel 'Religie, zingeving en levensbeschouwing'”(RZL) (“The development of 10 integrated, variable and interactive modules for education and learning within the subject ‘Religion’” (promoter: J. Geldhof, copromoter: A. Dillen).

  • Ongoing formation and education of students and people working in pastoral care, through study days, conferences, lectures, publications, by the Academic Centre for Practical Theology.

  • Elisabeth website (

  • Research about dialogue and cooperation in the church (in cooperation with the interdiocesan pastoral council, Flanders), (2010-2011)

  • Empirical research about the ethical teaching of the catholic church on the family and its perception in Flanders, (2013-2014)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Professional affiliations

  • Member of the International Academy for Practical Theology (IAPT), European Society for Catholic Theology (ESCT), European Society of Women in Theological Research (ESWTR), Academische Stichting Leuven.

  • Chair of the Academic Centre for Practical Theology (ACPT), Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven. Now: Member of the ACPT, (2007-2013)

  • Coordination of the Elisabeth website for pastoral care in Flanders (, (since 2008)

  • Member of the Research Unit Pastoral and Empirical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven,(since 2007)

  • Member of the Research Unit Theological Ethics, Faculty of Theology and Relgious Studies, KU Leuven, (2001-2007)

  • Member of the Center for Peace Ethics, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, (since 2001)

  • Member of the Center for Academic Teacher Training, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven.(since 2001)

Editorial affiliations

  • Member of the editorial board of ETL (Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses), (since 2014)

  • Member of the editorial board of HTS Theological Studies, (since 2013)

  • Member of the editorial board of Louvain Studies, (since 2013)

  • Member of the editorial board of Tijdschrift voor Theologie. Since 2014: member of the core editorial board, ( since 2009)

  • Member of the editorial board of Handelingen, (since 2008)

  • Chair of the editorial board of Leuvense Cahiers voor Praktische Theologie (Halewijn) and Leuvense Studies in Praktische Theologie (Halewijn), (2007-2013)

  • Member of the editorial board of Pastorale Perspectieven. Journal of Caritas (Flanders), (2007-2013)

  • Member of the editorial board of Rondom Gezin. Journal of the Interdiocesan Council for Family Pastoral Care, (2001-2013)


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