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Catherine Mooney

associate professor of church history

Catherine Mooney

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Simboli Hall 308


A.B., M.T.S., M.Phil., M.A., Ph.D. (Yale)

Areas of Interest

Her teaching and research interests include medieval saints and hagiography, mysticism, Christian spirituality with special attention to Franciscan and Ignatian spiritualities, and women and gender in Christian history.


Catherine Mooney holds a B.A. in History from Saint Louis University; an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School; an M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in medieval history from Yale University.  She has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she was also co-coordinator of the Gender Studies program, and at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She has received research awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard Divinity School, and the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University, NY.  She has served on the boards of the Society for Medieval Feminist Studies and Monastic Matrix.  While living in rural Argentina during its military dictatorship and “Dirty War,” she worked as a human rights advocate and taught in a seminary for campesino catechists and base community leaders.  In addition to teaching and lecturing in universities and at scholarly conferences, she offers presentations and workshops in various pastoral venues and is active in several human rights efforts.


Fall 2015
Spiritual Autobiography (TMHC 7022)
Seminar: Saints and Sanctity (TMHC 8028)

Spring 2016
History of Western Christianity II (TMHC7027)
Seminar: Critical Perspective on Ignatian Spirituality (TMHC 8549)

Other Courses
Ignatian Spirituality: Foundations and Traditions
Classics of Christian Spirituality: 1100 to the Present
Women Doctors of the Church: Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila and Thérèse of Lisieux

Recent Publications

Regulating Female Penitents: Clare of Assisi and the 13th-Century Church (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming).

“Teresa of Avila, Monastic Founder and Master of Prayer,” in All Holy Men and Women: A Paulist Litany of Saints, ed. Thomas A. Kane (Paulist Press, 2014).

 “Wondrous Words: Catherine of Siena’s Miraculous Reading and Writing According to the Early Sources,” in Catherine of Siena: The Creation of a Cult, ed. Jeffrey Hamburger & Gabriela Signori (Brepols 2013).

 “The ‘Lesser Sisters” in Jacques de Vitry’s 1216 Letter,” Franciscan Studies 69 (2011): 1-29.

“Ignatian Spirituality, A Spirituality for Mission,” Mission Studies 26 (2009): 192-213.

 “The Changing Fortunes of Angela of Foligno, Daughter, Mother and Wife,” in History in the Comic Mode: Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person, ed. Rachel Fulton & Bruce W. Holsinger (Columbia University Press, 2007), 56-67, 307-310. 

“Interdisciplinarity in Teaching Medieval Mysticism: The Case of Angela of Foligno,” Horizons 34.1 (2007): 54-77.

“Nuns, Tertiaries, and Quasi-Religious: The Religious Identities of Late Medieval Italian Holy Women,” Medieval Feminist Forum 42 (2006): 68-92. 

“Nuns: Christian Nuns,” in The Encyclopedia of Religion, ed. Lindsay Jones (Macmillan, 2005), 10: 6763-65.

 Gendered Voices: Medieval Saints and Their Interpreters (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999). Editor; and Contributor: “Voice, Gender, and the Portrayal of Sanctity,” and Imitatio Christi or Imitatio Mariae? Clare of Assisi and Her Interpreters.”

 Philippine Duchesne: A Woman with the Poor (1990; Wipf & Stock, 2007).  Translated also into Japanese (2000) and Bahasa Indonesia (2012).