WATERtalks: Feminist Conversations in Religion Series
“Making History, Making Change:
Conversation with Theresa Kane”
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1 PM EDT
Thirty-five years ago, on October 7, 1979 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, Theresa Kane, Sister of Mercy, uttered a statement to Pope John Paul II on behalf of U.S. women religious. Her prophetic words, broadcast around the world, advocated for equality for women in the Catholic Church and made her one of the most recognized supporters of women’s ordination.
Theresa Kane will reflect on the historical importance of this event and the many repercussions that followed, including current problems that American nuns and other lay people experience with the Roman Catholic Church. We will envision together what lies ahead for those who embrace a commitment to equality.
Theresa Kane is associate professor of behavioral sciences at Mercy College New York. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1955 and began teaching at Mercy College shortly thereafter. She was involved in the development of the Conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSW), the group that later became the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Theresa was the LCWR president from 1979-80. She has also been president of her religious congregation, the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy. She is a sought-after speaker and deeply admired Catholic leader.
Watch Kane’s reflection on her heroic 1979 greeting for MAKERS.
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