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Sr. Mary Collins, O.S.B., Doctorate in Theology, honoris causa

Sr. Mary Collins, O.S.B., earned her Ph.D. in Sacramental and Liturgical Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she would later become a full professor and has served as Professor Emerita in the School of Theology and Religious Studies since 1999. Professor Collins has also taught on the faculties of Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas, and The University of Kansas at Lawrence. From 1999 to 2005, she served as prioress of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison.

A lecturer, writer, and editor, Mary Collins has been a pioneer figure in the liturgical renewal in the United States since Vatican II. She has attended to critical questions in liturgical theology, language, practice, and spirituality. She has authored or edited some fourteen books and written numerous articles and essays in collected works and in journals both scholarly and pastoral. She also served on the advisory commission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy and directed its Psalter project.

Mary Collins has modeled the interdisciplinary nature of liturgical studies through her engagement of feminist and critical theory, cultural anthropology, ritual studies, history, and spirituality. She is one of North America’s premier liturgical theologians.