Madeleva Lecture Series

The 30th Madeleva Lecture Series Event

April 16, 2015
7:30 p.m. Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall
Admission is free 


President Mooney and Kristen
Millar '15 present letters and gifts to
Pope Francis. Photo courtesy of
L’Osservatore Romano.
Voices of Young Catholic Women

The 2015 Madeleva event will feature a panel discussion of the Voices of Young Catholic Women project.  In September 2014, students active in Campus Ministry at Saint Mary's issued a national invitation to other millennial women (ages 18-30) to join them in writing letters to Pope Francis expressing their love for the Catholic tradition and sharing ideas that could contribute to the Church's outreach to young women at this time of New Evangelization.  On November 24, 2014, letters and works of art from 225 women were personally presented to Pope Francis by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Saint Mary's President Carol Ann Mooney, Kristen Millar '15, and Grace Urankar '14.

On April 16, 2015, a panel of speakers will address these topics:

Sociological Data on Millennial Women and the Catholic Church
Patricia Wittberg, SC
Professor of Sociology, Indiana University

Summary of Letters Received
Judy Fean, Vice President for Mission, Saint Mary's College
Students of Saint Mary's College

Reflections on the Journey to Rome and the Audience with Pope Francis
Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Carol Ann Mooney, President, Saint Mary's College
Kristen Millar '15

Reflections and Next Steps from Leaders in the Church
Bethany Meola, Assistant Director, Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth 
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

Helen Osman, Secretary of Communications, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

Concluding Ecclesiological Reflections
Kristin M. Colberg, Assistant Professor of Theology, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University 

About the Madeleva Lecture Series

The Madeleva Lecture is named for Sister Madeleva Wolff, CSC, who served as President of the College from 1934-1961.  Her many accomplishments include the establishment in 1943 of the School of Sacred Theology, the first institution in the United States to provide graduate education in theology to women.  Although the school closed in 1971, the lecture series named in her honor has for three decades given voice to women scholars in the discipline of theology.  The Voices of Young Catholic Women Project marks the 30th anniversary of the Madeleva series. 

For a list of past Madeleva lecturers (1985-present), click here.  To order a copy of a past lecture, visit the website for Paulist Press.

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