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Join Katies and Catholic Sisters for storytelling. Lunch will be provided.
The schedule for our gathering:
9:30-10 a.m. – Arrive and enjoy coffee
10-11 a.m. Sisters Stories program
11-11:30 a.m. Q&A
11:30 a.m. Lunch
Join D.C. area Katies for dinner with St. Kate's students and faculty when they are in Washington, D.C. to present their research for “Posters on the Hill,” a highly prestigious undergraduate research conference.
Alumna Carla Pittalis ’96 will host a celebration dinner in her Oakton, Virginia, home. This is a wonderful opportunity not only to meet the students and faculty and connect with Katies, but to learn more about St. Kate's Undergraduate Research Program and this project in particular.
Our team includes Ashley Alex '18 and Muna Scekomar '18, who collaborated with Professor Todd Deutsch on a project titled "The Impact of the Liberal Arts: Multimedia Student Stories."
Please RSVP at the link below. You will be sent a registration link before the online presentation.
This session is presented by Colleen Mary Carpenter, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Theology Department Chair, and Carondelet Scholar.
About Professor Carpenter
Colleen Mary Carpenter is Associate Professor and Chair of the Theology Department at St. Catherine University. She served as the Sister Mona Riley Endowed Chair of the Humanities from 2014-2017, and is now one of the University's Carondelet Scholars. She received the Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and holds two master's degrees (one in English literature and one in theology). Her undergraduate degree is from Harvard University. She is author of Redeeming the Story: Women, Suffering, and Christ, and the editor of An Unexpected Wilderness: Christian Faith and the Earth. Her theological research is feminist and focused on the intersections between religion and the arts; her current research involves ecology and theology ("ecotheology") and the role of sacrament and beauty in how we treat the Earth.
Mary Magdalene has long fascinated Christians: she has been celebrated as a saint but disparaged as a sinner and whore. She has been held up as a model of the transformation that can happen when one meets the powerful grace of Christ's forgiveness, but too often the focus has been on her sins, or her madness, or her sexuality-- instead of her powerful service as a witness to the resurrection and as the "apostle to the apostles." In 2016, Pope Francis raised Mary Magdalene’s memorial day in the Church calendar to the status of a Feast Day--the equivalent status of the apostles. And this spring a new movie promises to further reveal the significance and not just the supposed scandalousness of her life. Join us for a discussion of this fascinating, complex woman!
Jane Schaberg, Mary Magdalene Understood (Bloomsbury Academic, 2006).
I assign this book in my class on Jesus; it's excellent, relatively short, and very accessible.
Cynthia Bourgeault, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity (Shambhala, 2010).
This one is a bit more on the spirituality end of things (rather than academic). Bourgeault is an Episcopalian priest and retreat leader.
Karen King, The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the first woman apostle
King is a professor at Harvard Divinity School. Here she analyzes the once-lost gospel attributed to Mary Magdalene.
Good article in the Smithsonian magazine, "Who Was Mary Magdalene?"
US Catholic article, "Who Framed Mary Magdalene?"
Have questions about chapter events that aren't answered here? Contact Kelly Povo '09, Chapter manager, 651-690-6063.