Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality
B.A.; M.Th.; S.T.L; Ph.D.
Room 206; ext. 253
Sister of the Congregatio Jesu [IBVM/Loretto]
Her doctoral studies were undertaken at the University of Edinburgh, where she was elected a Research Fellow on completion of her Ph.D. She lectured in Systematic Theology and Spirituality for the University of Edinburgh, the Roman Catholic National Seminary in Scotland and the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Alongside her work as a theologian she undertakes a ministry of spiritual direction and retreat work. She came from Scotland to Canada in 2001. She was an International Visiting Fellow at the Woodstock Center, Georgetown University, Washington DC in 2006 and held the Veale Chair at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Dublin, Ireland in 2009.
Advanced Degree and Basic Degree Professor
Cross-appointed: Theology and Pastoral departments.
Chair of Theology Department, TST 2009-2011
Research Interests Include
- The Trinitarian horizon in the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar
- The theological consonance and dissonance in the work of Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar
- The theological complementarities in the work of Bernard Lonergan and Hans Urs von Balthasar with a particular emphasis on the Trinity.
- The Influence of Ignatius Loyola on the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar
- Exploring, Vocation, Mission, Personhood Gratuity and Holiness in the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar
- The Indebtedness of John Paul II and Benedict XVI to the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar
- The Theology of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and Pope Benedict XVI
- The contribution of John Paul II to a renewed theological anthropology
- Exploring the theology of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola
- Identifying the Ignatian influence on twentieth and twenty first century Jesuit theologians particularly though not exclusively in the realm of ecclesiology
- The inextricable link between contemplation and theology in the quest for profound truth.
- The 'place' of fragmentation and organic vision in current theological research methodology
- The New Evangelisation
- Kenosis [Advanced Degree]
- Theology of the Spiritual Exercises [Advanced Degree]
- Ignatian Contribution to Contemporary Ecclesiology [Advanced and Basic Degree]
- The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar [Basic and Advanced Degree]
- Theology and Holiness in the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar [Advanced Degree]
- Two Swiss Radicals: The theology of Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar (jointly with Professor Joseph Mangina) [Advanced Degree]
- On the Edge of Mystery: Towards A Spiritual Hermeneutic of the Urban Margins, Bern, Peter Lang, 2000.
- Creative Perseverance: Sustaining Life-Giving Ministry in Today's Church, Ottawa, Novalis, 2003.
- "Passion, Prophecy and Perseverance - The leitmotif of Carmel", Toronto Journal of Theology, 21/2, Spring 2005, 169-181.
- "Truth and Silence: Learning from Abuse", The Way, October 2003, 44-55.
- Foreword to the 2007 edition of St. Ignatius Loyola: Letters to Women, ed.Hugo Rahner SJ, [New York: Crossroad,2007] xxv-xxvii
- "The Cardoner Imperative", The Way 47 (2008) 243-259.
- "Vanpunkten vid Cardoner" Polanco Nr. 3-4/2009
- "A Glimpse of Glory" Religious Life Review Jan/Feb 2009, 19-27
- "A Church of Passion and Hope, An Ignatian Perspective" Milltown Studies, 64, Winter 2009, 9-29
"Love Alone is Credible", chapter included in Renewing Apostolic Religious Life, ed. Fr. R Gribble (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2011), 111-127.
“Mary Ward and the Ignatian Charism” The Way, 51/3, 2012, 43-58
“Credible Communion – The Witness of Contemporary Religious Life” Pastoral and Homiletic Review, (accepted for late 2012 publication)
“Rules for Right Thinking with the Church” in Good Shepherds: Living Christ’s Own Pastoral Authority, ed. James Keating, (Omaha: Institute of Priestly Formation, Institute for Priestly Formation Publications, 2012), 59-78
“The Irreducible Particularity of Christ in the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar” in International Theological Symposium on The Eucharist as Communion, (Maynooth: National University of Ireland, 2012)
“Balthasar and The Contemplation of Truth” in ed. Lambert Zuidervaart, Truth Matters (Montreal: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2013)
“Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theology of Vocation” in The Disciple’s Call: Theologies of Vocation from Scripture to the Present Day (London: Bloomsbury, T & T Clark, 2013)
Work in Progress
- A book entitled: Towards a Trinitarian Imperative: In conversation with the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar
- A monograph entitled: Ignatian Insights for a Renewed Ecclesiology (This work uniquely identifies Ignatius Loyola's ecclesial disposition and then examines a number of exemplars of this disposition primarily though not exclusively Jesuit theologians)
- Cogitation and Contemplation – The place of silence in The New Evangelisation.