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11th - 14th May 2021

The Mariological Society of America invites proposals for its May 11–14 2021 Conference to be held at the Marytown National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Libertyville, Illinois, USA.

THEME:  Mary and the Word of God

In his 2010 apostolic exhortation, Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged scholars “to study the relationship between Mariology and the theology of the Word,” which he saw as
“most beneficial both for the spiritual life and for theological and biblical studies.” He went on to say that our understanding of Mary “stands at the heart of Christian truth. The incarnation of the Word cannot be conceived apart from the freedom of this young woman who by her assent decisively cooperated with the entrance of the eternal into time” (no. 27).

Among the topics that might be treated are the following:


 Mary’s familiarity with the Word of God
 Mary as the teacher of God’s Word
 Mary as a prophet of God’s Word: one through whom God speaks
 Mary as the model and archetype of the Church’s faith in God’s Word
 Mary and the preaching of the Word
 Mary as the model of all Christians who interiorly conceive and give birth to the Word of God
 Mary as the Mother of the Word Incarnate: the need for a Mother of the Word made flesh
 The centrality of Mary in the written Word of God, the Bible
 The spiritual sense of Scripture as needed for understanding Mary in the Bible
 Marian dimensions of the Old Testament
 Mary: the contemplative who ponders the Word in her heart (Lk 2:19, 51).
 Mary’s role in the transmission of God’s Word in Tradition
 The Marian profile of the Church as receptive to the Word of God
Please send abstracts by November 15, 2020 to Fr. Frederick Miller (frederick.miller@shu.edu) and Dr. Robert Fastiggi (fastiggi.robert@shms.edu). The abstract should be about 350-500 words. It should include sources and an explanation of how the proposal relates to the theme of the conference.

8th-10th July 2021
Bridges and Boundaries: The Role of the Virgin Mary in Faith and Culture
The Centre for Marian Studies are joining with The Institute of Theology at St Mary’s University, for this conference which will be held at St Mary's University, Twickenham, London. 
Confirmed speakers include Rev. Johann Roten, S.M. (The International Marian 
Research Institute, University of Dayton, US);Rabbi Jonathan Allen (Independent
Scholar); Dr Sarah Jane Boss (The Centre for Marian Studies); Marius-Adrian Calin
(University of Heidelberg, Germany); Dr Elisabetta Canetta (St Mary’s University);
Dr Maria Enriqueta Garcia (TheMarianum, Italy); Dr Rita George-Tvrtković (Benedictine
University, Chicago, US); Dr Patrizia Granziera (Facultad de Artes, Universidad
Autónoma del Estadode Morelos, Cuernavaca-Mexico); Dr Mary Frances McKenna (Independent Scholar); Sr. Theresa Marie Chau Nguyen, OP (University of Saint Thomas, Houston, US); Dr Jacob Phillips (St Mary’s University); Professor Brian Reynolds (Fu Jen University, Taiwan); Dr Eileen Rubery (London School of Mosaics); Mr Mike Russell (Independent Scholar); Professor Salvador Ryan (St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland); Professor Zeki Saritoprak (John Carroll University, US); Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi (The Institute of Ismaili Studies); Ingrid Stellmacher (founder and CEO of conflict resolution and peace building organisation, Le Menach Foundation); and Rev. Dr Andrew Unsworth (Archdiocese of Liverpool)

Click here to book your place at the conference.

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