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Sr. Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP

Professor University of Notre Dame 


  • Mary Magdalene, Catherine of Siena, and Pope Francis's call for Missionary Disciples


August 5, 2016 - doors open at 11:15 AM    


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532 W. Market St. Akron 44303

Sr. Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses since 1995. She is the author of Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination, Speaking with Authority: Catherine of Siena and the Voices of Women Today, and coeditor of The Praxis of the Reign of God: An Introduction to the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx. In addition, she has published a number of articles on contemporary theology, spirituality, and preaching. Sr. Mary Catherine Hilkert

Ms. Pianalto joined the Bank in 1983 as an economist in the Research Department. She was appointed assistant vice president of public affairs in 1984, vice president and secretary to the board of directors in 1988, first vice president and chief operating officer in 1993, and president in 2003.

A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2005-2006), Sr. Hilkert was the first recipient of Washington Theological Union's Sophia Award for Theological Excellence in service of ministry in 1997, Barry University's Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence in 2011, and the Ann O'Hara Graff Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America in 2012 for her contributions to the integration of academic and pastoral theology with particular attention to the voices of women. She has lectured and preached in Catholic and ecumenical contexts in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and South Africa.

Sr. Hilkert (also known in the Akron area as Sr. Cathy) taught religious studies and co-chaired the department of religious studies at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio from 1971-1977. She is a native of Akron and attended St. Sebastian Grade School and St. Vincent High School before joining the Dominican Sisters of Akron (now Dominican Sisters of Peace) in 1966.

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