Annual St. Mary of Magdala Celebration
Beginning in 2009, the School of Theology and Ministry hosts an annual celebration on or near the feast day of St. Mary of Magdala on July 22nd. Inspired by the role of Mary Magdalene in being the first to proclaim the news of Christ’s resurrection, this event includes a liturgical celebration as well as a lecture by a distinguished scholar on various topics highlighting the legacy of women in the Church.
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July 22, 2009
Mary of Magdala
Presenter: Madeleine Boucher, former professor of New Testament and director of the Women’s Studies Program, Fordham University
This lecture looks at traditions of Mary Magdalene as well as Scripture references to clarify who this “Apostle to the Apostles” was and was not.
July 22, 2010
Women in the Old Testament: Then and Now
Presenter: Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., professor of biblical studies, Catholic Theological Union
This lecture examines an array of biblical passages in order to discover the role played by women within, and suggests how these women might act as models for us today.
July 22, 2011
Women Disciples, Leaders, and Apostles
Presenter: Carolyn Osiek, R.S.C.J., Charles Fischer Professor of New Testament Emerita, Brite Divinity School
Sr. Osiek reflects on the identity of the real Mary Magdalene and how her charism continues to be lived using the context of other New Testament women and archeological findings.
July 23, 2012
In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene: A Spirituality of Evelyn Underhill
Presenter: Colleen M. Griffith, STM associate professor of the practice of theology and faculty director of spirituality studies
This lecture focuses on the spirituality of Evelyn Underhill, a married laywoman and 20th century English mystic.
July 19, 2013 Encountering the Risen Jesus: Mary Magdalene as Prototype Presenter: Sandra M. Schneiders, I.H.M., professor emerita of the Jesuit School of Theology (Berkeley, CA)
This presentation focuses on the Resurrection Narrative as text, emphasizing the role of Mary Magdalene in our understanding of how Jesus is encountered in post-Easter Christian life.
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