Fairfield University's first annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture to honor women in the Church

Elizabeth A. JohnsonFairfield University's first annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m., in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The speaker is Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., Ph.D., who will discuss "Women Imaging God."

Dr. Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University in New York City, is a leading Catholic theologian in the United States and across the globe. Her scholarship focuses on the theology of God, Christology, the sacredness of the earth and issues related to justice for women.

Her books include: Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Christology; She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse; Women, Earth, and Creator Spirit; and Friends of God and Prophets: A Feminist Theological Reading of the Communion of Saints - which received the annual Excellence in the Study of Religion Award from the American Academy of Religion.

A past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Dr. Johnson is also an active member of the American Academy of Religion, the College Theology Society, the American Theological Society and serves on the editorial boards of three theological journals. A religious sister in the Congregation of St. Joseph, her public service in the church includes: consultant to the Catholic Bishops' Committee on Women in Church and Society; theologian for the Vatican-sponsored dialogue between science and religion; and participant in the Vatican-sponsored study of Christ and world religions.

Anne Drummey O'CallaghanThis lecture honors the memory of Anne Drummey O'Callaghan, formerly of Norwalk, a catechist and advocate for the retarded. O'Callaghan dedicated herself to religious education, especially as it relates to liturgy. She served as youth minister and director of religious education at both St. Jerome and St. Joseph parishes in Norwalk. Active on numerous catechetical boards and committees of the Diocese of Bridgeport, she was chair of BRED, the professional association of Bridgeport Religious Educators. She was particularly interested in church history and was passionate about the role of women in the church.

The lecture, sponsored by the university's Department of Religious Studies, is free and open to the public; a reception follows. For more information call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on August 1, 2001

Vol. 34, No. 38

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