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BC Theologian Named Pres. of Catholic Theological Society of America

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (June 2010) - Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, an associate professor of theology at Boston College, was installed as president of The Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) - the principal association of Catholic theologians in North America - at the organization's sixty-fifth annual convention this month

Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, with CTSA past-president Bryan N. Massingale.

The meeting addressed the theme “Theology’s Prophetic Commitments,” honoring the 25th anniversary of  “The Kairos Document,” an ecumenical statement that was a significant catalyst in ending apartheid in South Africa. Over 400 participants, principally from the United States, but with representation from Africa, Canada, Australia, Europe, South America and the Philippines, attended.

Sr. Hinsdale is a member of the religious order Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, Michigan. She will serve as president of CTSA for 2010-11. With more than 1300 members, CTSA is the largest professional society of theologians and religious scholars in the Catholic Church.

A native of Chicago, Sr. Hinsdale came to Boston College in 2000 and served as director of the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry from 2000-03. Her specializations are ecclesiology, christology, theological anthropology and feminist theologies, and her current research centers on multi-disciplinary approaches to Catholic Studies, the use of participatory action research in theological reflection on the U.S. Catholic experience, and Mary Magdalene as a resource for women's ecclesial leadership.

A number of Boston College faculty also participated in the CTSA  conference, including Theology Professor Stephen Pope, who gave a plenary address on "Restorative Justice as Prophetic Path to Peace?" The respondant to his remarks was Kristin Heyer, who received a doctoral degree in theology from the University in 2003, and who later received the College Theology Society's annual Best Book Award for a work based on her BC dissertation.

Other BC participants at the event included University Professor of Human Rights and International Justice Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J.; Theology Department associate professors Rev. Ken Himes, OFM, and  M. Shawn Copeland, and School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Nancy Pineda-Madrid.