Kathryn Wehr's scholarly research currently focuses on Dorothy L. Sayers' The Man Born to be King, a 12-part life of Christ radio play cycle broadcast on the BBC from December 1941 to October 1942 and the published scripts of 1943.  Katy loves writing about Sayers' deeply theological and relevant portrayal of Christ that is yet a quirky artifact of its own day. Kathryn is a 2019 recipient of a Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant for her ongoing work on Sayers, awarded by the Marion E. Wade Center - the archives that are home to the largest collection of Sayers materials in the world.


Curriculum Vitae


2017 PhD, Divinity: Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, University of St Andrews, Scotland

2011 MA, Pastoral Theology: Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England

2006 MCS, Christianity and the Arts: Regent College, Vancouver, Canada

1998 BA, Theatre Arts: Bethel University, St Paul, MN

Writing is published under "Kathryn Wehr" and most of it is available on the ATLA research database.

Dorothy L. Sayers

  • "Dorothy L. Sayers's Christology in The Man Born to be King" Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture.  23.3 (Summer 2020).

  • "The Light and Heat of Dorothy L. Sayers' Jesus" Lumen, magazine of the University of St Thomas Catholic Studies (Winter 2020). Read it here.

  • "More Than a Stained Glass Window Jesus." Benedictine Center Blog. February 4, 2020.  Read it here.

  • “Sayers’ Use of Secondary Sources in The Man Born to be King.” VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review. 35 (2018).

  • "‘Nobody…must be allowed to 'talk Bible'; Dorothy L. Sayers’ Use of the Authorized Version and the Coverdale Psalms in The Man Born to be King.” The Journal of Inklings Studies, 8.2 (2018).

  • “The Psalms Hidden in the Slang: Sayers’ radio plays on the life of Christ.” The Church Times (24 March 2017). Read it here.

  • “Disambiguation: Sayers as a Catholic.” VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review. 33 (2016).

  • “Dorothy L. Sayers’ Use of the Four Gospels in The Man Born to be King.” The Journal of Inklings Studies. 6.2 (2016).

  • “Hearing Visual Art in Dorothy L. Sayers’ The Man Born to be King.” Transpositions: Theology, Imagination and the Arts. November 7, 2016. Read it here.

Spirituality and Creative Writing

  • "A St Joseph Testimonial" Mount Carmel; a Review of the Spiritual Life. 69.1 (2021) Find it here. 

      Watch the video story here.

  • "Contemplation, With Lettuce" Mount Carmel; a Review of the Spiritual Life. 67.4 (2019).  Find it here. 

       Watch the video story here.

  • "St Andrews Cathedral Haiku" St Andrews in Focus.  Issue 75, p. 3. Mar/Apr 2016. Read it here.

       Watch a related poem video here.

  • “A Pilgrimage Together.” with Brittany Bump Blanski. Presence; An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. 19.1 (2013).

Liturgy and Patristics

  • "The Pentecost Liturgy as a Call to Unity and Mission.” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly. 59.2 (2015).

  • Booklet: Singleness and the Early Church: Encouragement for Living the Single Life in Christ Today.  Grove Books – Spirituality Series (UK), December 2012. Find it here.

  • “Virginity, Singleness and Celibacy; Late Fourth Century and Recent Evangelical Visions of Unmarried Christians.” Theology and Sexuality. 17.1 (2011).

  • “The Orthodox Bioethics of Cremation.” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly. 55.4 (2011). Also on

  • “Understanding Ritual Purity and Sin in the Churching of Women; From Ontological to Pedagogical to Eschatological.” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly. 55.1 (2011). A shorter version is also on and