New Horizons Conference Considers Future of Women’s Study of Christian Spirituality

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
(574) 284-4579

September 20, 2012 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—The Center for Spirituality (CFS) at Saint Mary’s College proudly announces this year’s New Horizons Spirituality Conference titled “The Next Century of Women’s Study of Christian Spirituality.” The two-day conference, Thursday and Friday, October 25-26, is intended for an ecumenical, academic audience and registration costs $70. The conference includes two events that are free and open to the public.

This New Horizons Spirituality Conference, presented in collaboration with Fuller Theological Seminary in California, will highlight how women have moved from the margins to the center of the study of Christian spirituality. It is the final event in a CFS series marking the centenary of women’s scholarship in spirituality. The discipline’s prominent voices will appraise women’s past contributions and imagine their future directions. The conference festivities will include formal recognition of the work of Sister Sandra Schneiders, IHM, professor emerita, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley.

Click for a list of New Horizons Spirituality Conference speakers and registration information.

Events that are open to the public are:

“100 Years of Women’s Scholarship in the Study of Spirituality”

What: Keynote address

Speaker: Bernard McGinn, professor emeritus, University of Chicago

When: Thursday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall

“Women and the Ongoing Study of Spirituality: The Next 100 Years”

What: Award presentation and commentary

About: Sister Kathleen Dolphin, PBVM, director of CFS, will recognize Schneiders for her important contributions to the area of women’s spirituality. Commentary will follow by a former student of Schneiders, Lisa Dahill, associate professor of worship and Christian spirituality, Ministry Division, Trinity Lutheran Seminary. A panel discussion featuring all of the conference speakers will conclude the evening.

When: Friday, October 26, 7 p.m.

Where: Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall

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About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2013 published by U.S. News. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.