Madeleva Lecture Series

33rd Madeleva Lecture 

Mercy Amba Oduyoye

Mercy Amba Oduyoye

Women in Africa: Spirituality, Health, and Healing

April 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall

Mercy Amba Oduyoye is the Director of the Institute for Women in Religion and Culture at Trinity Theological Seminary in Ghana. She is known as the mother of African women's theologies and is the author/editor of more than 10 books. Mercy received her education from the University of Cambridge and has had visiting lectureships at Union Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School. She is the founder of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, and she served as Deputy General Secretary of the World Council of Churches.


2017 Madeleva Lecturer, Ilia Delio, OSF


About the Madeleva Lecture Series

Download the Madeleva ManifestoThe 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 over three decades given voice to women scholars in the discipline of theology.  In 2000, the sixteen past Madeleva lecturers created the Madeleva Manifesto, a document of hope and courage to women in the church. The document is just as timely today as when it was originally written.

Past Madeleva Lecturers 

Monika K. Hellwig, 1985
Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, 1986
Mary Collins, OSB, 1987
Maria Harris, 1988
Elizabeth Dreyer, 1989
Joan Chittister, OSB, 1990
Dolores Leckey, 1991
Lisa Sowle Cahill, 1992
Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, 1993
Gail Porter Mandell, 1994
Diana L. Hayes, 1995
Jeanette Rodriguez, 1996
Mary C. Boys, SNJM, 1997
Kathleen Norris, 1998
Denise Lardner Carmody, 1999
Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, 2000
Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, 2001
Margaret Farley, RSM, 2002
Sidney Callahan, 2003
Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, 2004
Past Madeleva Lecturers on the 40th Anniversary of Vatican II, 2005
Susan A. Ross, 2006
M. Shawn Copeland, 2007
Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN, 2008
Anne E. Patrick, SNJM, 2009
Wendy M. Wright, 2010
Kwok Pui-Lan, 2011
Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, 2012
Catherine E. Clifford, 2013
Christine Firer Hinze, 2014
Voices of Young Catholic Women, A Panel Discussion, 2015
Marianne Farina, CSC, 2016
Ilia Delio, OSF, 2017

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