September 10, 2012
For Immediate Release
Sr. Christine Schenk
216-228-0869 X 4 (W) 216-513-3647 (C)
Biblical Scholar (also a nun!) to Speak on Women in Early Christianity The Life and Times of Phoebe, Priscilla and Perpetua.
What: Two Catholic nuns, one a canon lawyer, the other a popular biblical scholar, will be in Cleveland on Sunday September 30 for a unique FutureChurch event focusing on women in early Christianity even as the organization honors a Catholic woman leader from today.
When: Sunday afternoon, September 30 from noon to 4:00 pm
Who: Dr. Kate Kuenstler, PHJC, the 2012 recipient of the Father Louis J. Trivison Award. Sr. Kate has assisted parishioners from dozens of U.S. parishes, including Cleveland with canonical appeals to keep their churches open. This catalyzed a monumental change in Vatican policy, moving away from automatically accepting bishops' decisions to close and sell vibrant churches because of the priest shortage or property values. [More about Sr. Kate below]
Dr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, Presents on Connecting with our Sisters: The Life and Times of Phoebe, Priscilla and Perpetua. She will address how these women in the churches of the first generations lived and expressed their faith, how they envisioned a future church, and how we today can follow their example in humility and hope. Sr. Carolyn is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association and co-author of many books including A Woman's Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity. [More about Sr. Carolyn below]
Where: Windows on the River
Cost: Tickets are $60 (Includes lunch). Available at www.futurechurch.org or call 216-228-0869 ext.5
Other details: This is FutureChurch's Annual Fundraising Benefit and Silent Auction with Presentation of the Father Louis J. Trivison Award.
More about Sr. Kate: Over the past five years, Sr. Kate succeeded in winning cases at the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy and the Apostolic Signatura, the highest court in the Catholic Church. This led to a change in Vatican policy that now seeks to preserve churches as worship sites, making it less likely for bishops to close them solely because of the priests shortage or property values.
Sr. Kate assisted numerous Cleveland parishes whose appeals were recently upheld in a landmark decision. In March 2012, she wrote an expert canonical commentary on the Cleveland decrees. Hundreds of parishioners all over the world regularly download Sr. Kate's canonical information from the FutureChurch website.
Sister Kate is a member of the international congregation; Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. She received her doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. In the past, Sister Kate has served the church as a former diocesan tribunal lawyer, teacher, parish catechetical director, and diocesan director of religious education. Sr. Kate lives in Rhode Island where she has opened a private practice in canon law. Her focus is working for the rights of laity and their role in the Catholic Church.
More About Sr. Carolyn Sr. Carolyn is a Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ). She taught at the graduate level for twenty-six years at the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago, then for six years at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, where she is Charles Fischer Catholic Professor of New Testament emerita. She holds a doctorate in New Testament and Christian Origins from Harvard University, and is a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Sr. Carolyn is also an author of many books including A Woman's Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity, co-authored with Margaret Y. MacDonald and Janet H. Tulloch, and Ordained Women in the Early Church, co-authored with Kevin Madigan. She is now archivist for the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States