The Rev. Otto Paul Kretzmann was president of Valparaiso University from 1940 to 1968. During his administration a new campus was developed, enrollment grew from 400 to 4,000, and the University became nationally recognized.

Before coming to Valpo, O.P., as he was affectionately known, had been executive secretary of the international Lutheran youth organization, the Walther League, for six years. Prior to that, he had served for ten years on the faculty of Concordia Seminary, Springfield, Illinois.

A 1920 graduate of Concordia Collegiate Institute, Bronxville, New York, he received the Master of Sacred Theology degree in 1924 from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and pursued further graduate study at Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Chicago Universities. He was the recipient of ten honorary doctorates. He died on Holy Cross Day, September 14, 1975, in his 75th year.

This collection consists of 226 files within 53 folders containing addresses, sermons, and speeches created between the years 1921 to 1971. These documents are part of a larger collection of O.P. Kretzmann's personal papers and are housed within the Valparaiso University Archives and Special Collections.

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1900 Years Later is Pentecost a Dream or Reality?, O.P. Kretzmann

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Acts 4, 13, 1927 - 1930, O.P. Kretzmann

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A Relevant Theology: Dedication of Fuerbringer Hall at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis: John 8:31-32, O.P. Kretzmann

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Baccalaureate Sermon: John 16:4, O.P. Kretzmann

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Christmas Sermon, 1946, O.P. Kretzmann

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Dedication of St. Paul's, Decatur, IL, O.P. Kretzmann

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Deuteronomy 33:27, 1921 - 1926, O.P. Kretzmann

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End of Remember (Fragment), O.P. Kretzmann

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Exodus 14:15, 1927 - 1930, O.P. Kretzmann

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Exodus 14:15 Copy 2, 1927 - 1930, O.P. Kretzmann

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Haggai 2:6-7, 1927 - 1930, O.P. Kretzmann

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Inaugural Address: The Destiny of a Christian University, O.P. Kretzmann

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In Remembrance of Me, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Isaiah 26:1-2, 1927 - 1930, O.P. Kretzmann

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I Samuel 12:17, 1921 - 1926, O.P. Kretzmann

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Jeremiah 8:6, 1921 - 1926, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten and Easter Meditation: Voices of the Passion: Dismas, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten and Easter Meditation: Voices of the Passion: Foreword, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten and Easter Meditation: Voices of the Passion: I, Pontius Pilate, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten and Easter Meditation: Voices of the Passion: The Seven Words from the Cross: The Fifth Word, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten and Easter Meditation: Voices of the Passion: The Seven Words from the Cross: The First Word, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten and Easter Meditation: Voices of the Passion: The Seven Words from the Cross: The Fourth Word, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten and Easter Meditation: Voices of the Passion: The Seven Words from the Cross: The Second Word, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten and Easter Meditation: Voices of the Passion: The Seven Words from the Cross: The Seventh Word, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten and Easter Meditation: Voices of the Passion: The Seven Words from the Cross: The Sixth Word, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten and Easter Meditation: Voices of the Passion: The Seven Words from the Cross: The Third Word, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Editorial: I Remember, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: Excerpts from Noonday Sermon, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: It is Finished, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: Peace of the Cross, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Abundant Life, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Christian - His Life, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Christian - His Tomorrow: Psalms 31:5, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Crucified Presence, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Farewell of the Cross, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Finality of the Cross, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Future of the Church: Galatians 6:17, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Head of the Church: Matthew 17:8, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Majesty of the Cross, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Memory of the Cross, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Mission of the Church: Matthew 11:28, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Meditation: The Way of the Cross, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Sermon 1: The Sign of Forgiveness: Luke 23:24, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Sermon 2: The Sign of Peace: John 14:27, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Sermon 3: The Sign of Understanding: Luke 22:61-62, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Sermon 4: The Sign of Agony: Luke 22:44, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Sermon 5: The Sign of Decision: Matthew 27:20-22, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Sermon 6: The Sign of Mystery: Luke 23:33, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Sermon 7: The Sign of Power: Matthew 28:18, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Sermon 8: The Sign of Finality: John 19:30, Luke 23:46, O.P. Kretzmann

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Lenten Sermon 9: The Sign of His Presence: Luke 24:29-32, O.P. Kretzmann

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Luke 18:17, 1921 - 1926, O.P. Kretzmann

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Luke 23:33, n.d, O.P. Kretzmann

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Mark 7:33-34, 1921 - 1926, O.P. Kretzmann

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Matthew 27:22, 1927 - 1930, O.P. Kretzmann

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Matthew 3:1-2, 1921 - 1926, O.P. Kretzmann

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Memorial Service for Andrew Fladeland, David Hansen, Sandra Jensen, and Wayne Brutlag: The Benediction of Sorrow, O.P. Kretzmann

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Nahum 1:1, 1927 - 1930, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Art Thou Not Also (John 18:25), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Barabbas (Matthew 27:20-22), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Barabbas (Matthew 27:20-22), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Dismas Preaches (Luke 23:42-43), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Good Friday 1939, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Good Friday (Luke 23:33), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Great Moments in Lent (Luke 22:53), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Holy Week: Friday: Brought Back to God (Revelations 5:9), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Holy Week: Monday: Glorified in Them (John 17:10), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Holy Week: Thursday: What Does Prayer Do? (Luke 11:5-13), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Holy Week: Wednesday: Gospel of Another Chance (John 8:11b), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: It Is Finished (John 19:30), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: It is Finished (John 19:30, Luke 23:46), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Luke 23:24, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me (Matthew 27:46), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Pilate Preaches (Matthew 27:2), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Question and Answer (Matthew 27:22-29), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: The Agonized Look (Luke 22:44), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: The Cross and Your Prayers (1 Timothy 2:5), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: The Mystery of the Cross (Luke 23:33), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Today Thou Shalt be with Me (Luke 23:42-43), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Two Lenten Vignettes (Fragments), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Understanding Look (Luke 22:61-62), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: A Larger Ministry, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: Ebenezer and Beyond, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: Orlando, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: The Church (Christian Unity), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: What is the Picture, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: What Now, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Matins Address: The Sunrise of Hope, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Matins Address: The Sunrise of Humility, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Matins Address: The Sunrise of Life, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Matins Address: The Sunrise of Power, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Memorial Address: Alan Schroeder, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Memorial Address: A Whole God (Julius Klein, Bonnie Jean Ullrich, and Douglas Farney), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Memorial Address: Frederick Konrad Kruger, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Memorial Address: Martin Luther King, Jr. Service, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Memorial Address: Presidents Vesper [John F. Kennedy], O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Reformation (Fragment), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Reformation Homily, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Reformation Vespers California, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Sermon: The Love of Christ Constraineth Us, O.P. Kretzmann