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Hines will lead the world’s largest professional organization of Catholic theologians.
Emmanuel College Professor Mary E. Hines, Ph.D. was recently appointed president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). With more than 1,300 members, the CTSA is the largest professional society of Catholic theologians in the world. After serving as president-elect over the past year, Hines was appointed president during the CTSA's annual convention, held from June 8 to June 11 in Albuquerque, NM.
"During my presidential year, I hope to provide leadership for the society in its mission to promote theological scholarship that is attentive to contemporary issues facing church and society," Dr. Hines said. "My election recognizes the deep commitment of Emmanuel College to the Catholic intellectual tradition that underlies our focus on critical inquiry and dialogue through the liberal arts and sciences."
For this year's convention, Hines worked with CTSA's logistics team to oversee all aspects of the meeting. She chose the convention's topic of theological investigations into ecology and selected the plenary speakers. At next year's gathering, Hines will deliver the presidential address.
Also representing Emmanuel at the CTSA convention were Jaime Vidaurrazaga, Ph.D., and Laurie Johnston, Ph.D., both of the College's Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Dr. Vidaurrazaga said, "It was a tremendously rewarding experience to see our colleague Mary in this prominent role, to see the high regard in which she is held by every member of the Society, and to see Emmanuel College represented on an international stage."
A professor in Emmanuel College's Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Dr. Hines teaches courses in Catholic theology, women and religion, global Christianity and church and sacraments. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto and a B.A. from Emmanuel College. In addition to her longstanding involvement with the CTSA, Dr. Hines was an appointee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops to the Anglican Roman Catholic Consultation in the United States, one of the bilateral ecumenical consultations initiated after Vatican II.
About the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA)
The principal association of Catholic theologians in North America, the CTSA promotes "theological research in the Roman Catholic tradition that is attentive to contemporary problems faced by the Church and the world." Founded in 1946, the Society has more than 1,300 active members, all of whom hold a doctorate in theology or a related discipline. For more information about the CTSA, click here.