Center for Spirituality

Center for Spirituality


Founded in 1984 with generous support from the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the Center for Spirituality offers programs that promote the engagement between faith and reason and the connection between mind, body, and spirit. Spirituality at the Center is discussed as an academic discipline and as a way of life and includes individual and social dimensions of spirituality.  We draw on intellectual resources in the Catholic and Christian heritage as well as how individuals practice faith in their daily lives to develop critical conversations around contemporary religious issues, especially as they relate to women’s experience. 

Opportunities include: annual fall and spring lecture series on designated themes; the Madeleva Lecture given annually by a prestigious female scholar of religion; and for students, the Real Life Project in vocation, inviting women in small groups to discuss the ways in which faith intersects with their future careers.

Spring Events

Thursday, February 6, 7 p.m., Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall
Communion, Memory, and Sacramentals in Song of Solomon
Dr. M. Shawn Copeland
Professor Emerita of Theology
Boston College

In several of her novels, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison blends elements of African Traditional Religion (ATR), Christianity, and African American history and folklore to present examples of love, mercy, and hope in the midst of trauma, cruelty, and despair. This lecture draws out and considers Catholic themes in Song of Solomon.

Free and open to the public. 

Due to the global coronavirus pandemic and ensuing changes on campus, the remainder of the spring 2020 events have been canceled. 

CANCELED: Tuesday, March 31
The Spirituality of Virginia Woolf
Dr. Stephanie Paulsell
Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies
Harvard Divinity School
Interim Pusey Minister, Memorial Church of Harvard University


35th Madeleva Lecture

The 35th Madeleva Lecture has been postponed until April 2021. 

Dining at the Table of Holy Wisdom: Global Hungers and Feminist Biblical Interpretation
Dr. Barbara E. Reid, OP
Professor of New Testament Studies
Catholic Theological Union

In the book of Proverbs, Woman Wisdom invites all who want to learn her wise ways: “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.  Lay aside immaturity and live and walk in the way of insight.” Like Wisdom’s feast, feminist interpretation of the Scriptures offers rich fare for addressing today’s global hungers, particularly those of women and other disadvantaged persons who long for the full flourishing of all creation.  This presentation will explore texts in the Gospel of Luke in which women participate in, produce, prepare, and serve satisfying feasts (both literal and metaphorical) including: Mary, the mother of Jesus, Elizabeth, Anna, Simon’s mother-in-law, Mary and Martha, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and the other Galilean women.

Free and open to the public.



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