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Marie A. Conn, Ph.D.

Marie A. Conn, Ph.D.

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Professor of Religious Studies
Religious Studies and Philosophy Department
St. Joseph Hall, 2nd flr., West Wing, SJ206
215.248.7044
Educational Background: 
  • M.A., Classical Languages, Villanova University, 1975
  • M.S., Religious Education, Marywood College, 1986
  • M.A., Liturgy, University of Notre Dame, 1990
  • Ph.D., Theology, University of Notre Dame, 1993 
Courses Taught: 
  • Biomedical Moral Issues
  • Faces of Heroines
  • The Meaning of Death and Dying
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Heart of the City (with Martin Malloy)
  • God and the Struggle for Civil Rights
  • Global Perspectives on Slavery and Emancipation
  • Graduate: God and Human Suffering, Prayer; Seminar in Holistic Perspectives; Ecology and Mystery; Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Scholarly Interests: 
  • Women in History; Feminine Symbolism
  • Medieval Liturgical Developments
  • Social Justice; Healthcare Reform
  • Issues Connected to Ordination 
Selected Publications: 
  • Noble Daughters: Unheralded Women in Western Christianity, 13th to 18th Centuries,Greenwood Press, Westport, CT 
  • C. S. Lewis and Human Suffering: Light among the Shadows, Paulist Press/Hidden Springs, Mahwah, NJ 
  • New York Abstains “Courteously:” Essays on Civil Discourse and Civic Responsibility, Co-Editor and Contributor (with Thérèse McGuire, SSJ, Ph.D.), University Press of America, Lanham, MD 
  • Imaging the Other: Essays on Diversity, Co-Editor and Contributor (with Thérèse McGuire, SSJ, Ph.D.), University Press of America, Lanham, MD 
  • Not Etched in Stone: Essays on Ritual Memory, Soul, and Society, Co-Editor and Contributor (with Thérèse McGuire, SSJ, Ph.D.), University Press of America, Lanham, MD 
  • Balancing the Scales: The Manipulation and Transformation of Symbolic Concepts of Women, Co-Editor and Contributor (with Thérèse McGuire, SSJ, Ph.D.), University Press of America, Lanham, MD 
  • “The Church and the City,” in David R. Contosta, Ed., This Far By Faith: Tradition and Change in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, Penn State Press, pp. 155-177 
  • “Economic Justice in the Old Testament: Perspectives from the Hebrew Scriptures,” Verbum Incarnatum Volume 4:122-134. 
  • “The Demand for Justice Implicit in the Eucharistic Celebration, Verbum Incarnatum Volume 4: 92-110. 
  • “Plurality in Unity: The Ecclesiology of Leonardo Boff, Theology Today Volume 66, Number 1 (April 2009): 7-20 
  • "Eucharist: Bread and Justice," Questions Liturgiques 
  • "Health Care Reform:A Human Rights Issue," in J. Koterski, ed., Life and Learning VI (Georgetown University, 1997)
  • "Cracking Open Symbols", ARTS, 1997 (with Therese McGuire, SSJ, Ph.D.)
  • "The Rites of King-Making in 10th-Century England" in M. Gosman, ed., The Propagation of Power in the Medieval West (Groningen: The Netherlands, 1997) 
Other Academic Information: 
  • Named Fellow of Thanatology through ASEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling)
  • National certification in Thanatology through ASEC

Numerous book reviews and presentations 

  • Series of Op-Ed pieces, Philadelphia Inquirer 
  • Entries in R. P. McBrien, ed., Encyclopedia of Catholicism, HarperCollins, San Francisco, CA 
  • Certificate in Comprehensive Bereavement Skills, Institute of Life and Living, Fort Collins, CO 
  • Training in Chaplaincy, Community Medical Center, Scranton PA 
  • Experience in El Salvador, Tanzania, Turkey, Rwanda
  • Named Fellow of Thanatology through ASEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling)
  • National certification in Thanatology through ASEC