Faculty Directory

Catherine M. Mooney

Associate Professor of Church History

Selected Courses

Fall 2022

Popes & the Papacy: From Peter to the Present

Seminar: Saints & Sanctity

Spring 2023

History of Western Christianity II, 850-1650

Seminar: Doctors of the Church: Hildegard, Catherine, Teresa and Therese

Selected Publications


Filipina Duchesne: Una Mujer con los pobres y marginados. Trans. María de los Ángeles Garriga González, with Clara Malo and Catherine M. Mooney (Kit, 2018).  Revised & expanded edition of Philippine Duchesne: A Woman with the Poor.

Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Winner of the Hagiography Society Best Book Prize.

Mayan Ixil women of Chajul, Voces e imágenes: Mujeres maya ixiles de Chajul [Voices and images: Mayan Ixil women of Chajul], ed. Brinton M. Lykes (Chajul, El Quiché, Guatemala: ADMI, 2000). Editor of the Spanish translation; and Translator of the Spanish into English. 

Gendered Voices: Medieval Saints and Their Interpreters (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999). Editor; and author of two chapters: “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), Bahasa Indonesia (2012), and Korean (2015).

Selected Essays

"Clare of Assisi and the Song of Songs." In “Non enim fuerat Evangelii surdus auditor …" (1 Celano 22): Essays in Honor of Michael W. Blastic, O.F.M., ed. Michael F. Cusato and Steven J. McMichael (Brill, 2020).

"Sanctity and Slavery: A Journey with Philippine Duchesne." In A Life Given in Love: Reflections on Philippine Duchesne, ed. Juliet Mousseau (Society of the Sacred Heart, 2018).

“Medieval Writers: Women, Men, and the Holy Spirit.” In The Holy Spirit: Setting the World on Fire, ed. Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid (Paulist, 2017). 

“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).

“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.

“Francis of Assisi as Mother, Father and Androgynous Figure in Some Early Sources.” In The Boswell Thesis: Essays on Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, ed. Mathew Kuefler (University of Chicago Press, 2006).