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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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Amy-Jill Levine

July 21, 2017

Mary Magdalene and the Women Disciples in the Gospel of Luke

Presenter: Barbara Reid, O.P.  is vice president and academic dean and professor of New Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago.

Sr. Reid offers an exploration of Luke's portrayals of women and the challenges that his ambiguous message about Mary Magdalene and women proclaimers of the Word pose for today's Church.

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Amy-Jill Levine

July 22, 2016

Telling Stories about Women

Presenter: Amy-Jill Levine is  University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Jesus' parables about women can be read as universal teachings about theology or salvation, but they also correct stereotypes of Jewish women, prompt questions about gender, and offer insights into ancient and modern relationships.

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M. Catherine Hilkert, O.P.

July 22, 2015

On the Strength of Her Testimony

Presenter: M. Catherine Hilkert, O.P., professor of theology, University of Notre Dame

This lecture explores the vocation of women to preach the Gospel with particular attention to the testimony of women in the Gospel of John and the preaching of Catherine of Siena.

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Mary Ann Hinsdale, I.H.M.

July 22, 2014

Mary of Magdala: Apostle and Prophet

Presenter: Mary Ann Hinsdale, I.H.M., associate professor, Boston College Department of Theology.

Sr. Hindale investigates what we can say historically about Mary Magdalene, some possible explanations for her disappearance from our ecclesial memory, and the implications that recovering a “Magdalene tradition” might have for our ecclesial conversations on the role of women in the Church.

Read Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale’s 2011 presidential address to the Catholic Theological Society of America on “St. Mary of Magdala: Ecclesiological Provocations.”



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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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