The College Theology Society

 Serving Church and Academy Since 1954

Plenary Speakers 2019

Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer

"Peace and Justice:  The Non-Negotiables of Christian Theology:  A Latin American Perspective."

Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer (PhD, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome) is a noted Brazilian theologian. A full professor at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC), she focuses her research on systematic theology and in particular on Latin American and liberation theology.

Bingemer is widely published in many languages. Her English works include A Face for God: Reflections on Trinitarian Theology for Our Times (Convivium, 2014), Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics and Wisdom(edited with Peter Casarella, Orbis, 2014), and Mary, Mother of God, Mother of the Poor (with Ivone Gebara, Wipf and Stock, 2004). Forthcoming in English are Simone Weil: A Mystic with Passion and Compassion and The Mystery and the World, both from Wipf and Stock, and Latin American Theology: Roots and Branches, from Orbis.

The former dean of the Center of Theology and Human Sciences at PUC, Bingemer held the first Duffy Lectures Chair at Boston College in spring 2015. She serves on the editorial boards of many theological journals, including Concilium.

Shalini Mulackal, PBVM

  "Inter-ritual, Ecumenical and Inter-faith Living of Catholicism: An Indian Feminist Perspective"

Shalini Mulackal is a Presentation Sister, teaching systematic theology at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, a Jesuit faculty of Theology at Delhi since 1999. She is also a visiting professor to a number of other Seminaries and theological institutes in India. After completing her Masters in Theology from Vidyajyoti, she did her Doctoral studies in the University of Madras and did her research on Religio-cultural practices of Dalit women especially Catholic women of Tiruvallur Dist., Tamil Nadu. Currently she is an active member of the Indian Theological Association (ITA) and has served the Association as Vice-President and also as its first woman President. She is also a member of the Indian Women Theologians Forum (IWTF), Ecclesia of Women of Asia (EWA) and served as coordinator of both. She is the chair person of Centre for Dalit Studies (CDS) Delhi. She is actively involved in the Conference of Religious of India (CRI) and has served as the President of CRI, Delhi Unit and also the Indian Christian Women’s Movement (ICWM). She has published a number of articles with special emphasis on women empowerment in Church and Society. Her publication includes a contribution to the Dalit Bible commentary series where she has written the commentary for the books of Ruth, Esther and Judith from a Dalit perspective and has been published by CDS as volume 6 and another commentary on Minor Prophets as volume 20 of the same series. She has also edited three books of the Indian Theological Association. Besides, she regularly presents papers at national and international seminars mostly from a feminist perspective. She takes keen interest in many social issues affecting the poor in general and women in particular.

Stan Ilo

"Reform from the Margins: Pope Francis and the Renewal of Catholic Theology"


Stan Chu Ilo is a research professor of World Catholicism and African Studies at both the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology and the Center for African, Black and Diaspora Studies,  DePaul University, Chicago, USA. He coordinates the African Catholicism Project, a research initiative of over 50 African Catholic scholars which has led to the publication of the forthcoming Handbook of Catholicism in Africa. He is the President of the international Catholic charity, Canadian Samaritans for Africa, Toronto, Canada, and serves on the international advisory board of Catholics and Culture at Holy Cross College, Boston, USA and the Alliance for Vulnerable Mission, London. He is the 2017 winner of the AfroGlobal Excellence Award. His essays have appeared in CNN African Voices, Huffpost Black Voices, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Star, Chicago Sun, Toronto Sun, Premium Times, The Hill among other national and international channels. He has appeared in the following cable outlets: Nigerian Television (NTA), African Independence Television (AIT), Fox News, Aljazeera, Canada Television (CTV),  National Public Radio, Catholic Television, and Salt and Light Television. He is the author or editor of more than eight books including: The Church and Development in Africa; The Church as Salt and Light (ed); A Poor and Merciful Church: The Illuminative Ecclesiology of Pope Francis; Wealth, Health and Hope in African Christian Religion: The Search for Abundant Life (ed) and  two forthcoming volumes, Love, Joy and Sex: African Commentaries on Amoris Laetitia and Gospel of Family in a Wounded World (ed); and Pentecostalism, Catholicism, and the Spirit in the World (ed). 

Thomas Landy

"Learning from a Church Rich in Particularity: Catholics and Cultures Across The Globe"

A sociologist with a specialization in the sociology of religion, Thomas Landy is the director of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross. He founded and leads research for Catholics & Cultures, a web-based initiative to explore the religious lives and practices of lay Catholics in their particular cultural contexts around the world, and publishes the online Journal of Global Catholicism. In 1992 he founded Collegium, a colloquy on faith and intellectual life. A consortium of 65 Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, Collegium sponsors highly regarded summer faculty development colloquia.

He is editor of As Leaven for the World: Catholic Reflections on Faith, Vocation, and the Intellectual Life (Sheed and Ward, 2001), and, with Karen Eifler, Becoming Beholders: Cultivating a Sacramental Imagination in the Classroom (Liturgical Press, 2014). He has lectured on more than 20 campuses in the United States, as well as in Canada, India, Hungary, Kenya, the Philippines, and Poland.  Landy is recipient of the John Henry Newman Medal, which honors exemplars of Jesuit Catholic education, at Loyola College in Maryland's 2009 commencement exercises. In 2017, he received the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Distinguished Service Award for service of exceptional quality to Catholic higher education.

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