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CTU Academic Dean Honored with Seton Medal

College of Mount St. Joseph awards Sr. Barbara Reid, O.P.

October 22, 2010

The College of Mount St. Joseph honored Barbara E. Reid, O.P., Ph.D., with the 2010 St. Elizabeth Seton Medal on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Sister Barbara presented a lecture titled “Reading the Scriptures with the Mind, Eyes and Heart of a Woman” following the ceremony.  

A Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Mich., Sister Barbara is the vice president and academic dean at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Ill., the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology in the United States. In addition to being a world-renowned scholar of biblical studies, Sister Barbara is a noted commentator on contemporary American Catholicism and the portrayal of women in the Gospels.

With more than half a dozen books to her credit, Sister Barbara’s works include “Taking Up the Cross: New Testament Interpretations Through Latina and Feminist Eyes,” “The Gospel According to Matthew,” and “Parables for Preachers.” She is currently writing “Sophia’s Table: An Introduction to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures.” In addition to penning books, Sister Barbara is the general editor for a new 60-volume feminist commentary on the Bible, and she publishes a weekly column on “the Word” for America magazine.

As part of the Israel Study Program at Catholic Theological Union,  Sister Barbara led participants on 3-, 4- and 11-week study programs through Israel, Turkey, Egypt, and Greece. Sister Barbara has also facilitated biblical lectures and workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, and Uruguay. She holds a doctorate in biblical studies, New Testament specialization, from The Catholic University of America, and a master’s degree in religious studies and bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Aquinas College.

The St. Elizabeth Seton Medal is named in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, foundress of the Sisters of Charity, the congregation that established the College in 1920 and today continues to sponsor it. The Seton Medal recognizes distinguished women in theology.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.