"Tell us, Mary, what you saw on the way" Stories of Origin and the Question before the Church Today

Lectures by Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University

After centuries of being erroneously depicted as a repentant prostitute, Mary Magdalene is acknowledged today as a leading disciple of Jesus, faithful to the bitter end at the cross, the first person to encounter the risen Christ and to be commissioned by him to preach the good news (John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:9-10). This lecture places the recovery of her true gospel story in the wider context of women’s key actions during Jesus’ ministry and the years of the founding of the church. Far from ancient history, these memories offer glimpses of new ways of being church in the 21st century.

The lecture will be delivered first on

Tuesday, April 14 | 12 – 2 p.m.
12th-floor Lounge | E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center
113 W. 60th St. | Lincoln Center Campus

and repeated on

Tuesday, April 21 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Tognino Hall | Duane Library | Rose Hill Campus


Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, PhD
An internationally known scholar, teacher, and lecturer, Professor Johnson is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and awards for her contributions to the academy and the church. Her groundbreaking books on God, Mary, and the communion of saints have been published in multiple languages and editions.

This lecture is supported by a gift from Rita L. Houlihan in memory of Rita Anne Houlihan, r.c. Rita Anne’s gift of an apostolic spirit imbued her ministries of preaching and teaching across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Her joy opened the mysteries of faith to many and still inspires us today.

“ Tell us, Mary,
what you saw
on the way” (Easter liturgy):
Stories of Origin and the Question before the Church Today
Free and open to the public | Reception to follow
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