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Mary Ann Hinsdale speaks at Saint Xavier University

Lecture concludes 160th anniversary Catholic Colloquium series

Chicago (March 9, 2007) � Mary Ann Hinsdale, I.H.M., will speak as part of Saint Xavier University�s 160th anniversary Catholic Colloquium lecture series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Butler Reception Room, Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Titled �Catholic Universities: Prophets or Profits?� Hinsdale�s lecture will cover the costs and benefits of integrating Catholic social teaching into the life of a Catholic university.  It is the last of a five-part series examining what it means to �be in good standing� with the Catholic Church and the challenges facing Catholic universities since the Second Vatican Council, said Michael O�Keeffe, associate professor of religious studies at Saint Xavier, who helped organize the series.

�In this series, we have invited renowned Catholic scholars to provide theological perspectives that could inform our thinking about social, political and religious issues that did not even exist at the time of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s,� said Sister Susan Sanders, R.S.M., vice president for University Mission and Heritage at Saint Xavier University, who also helped organize the event.

Hinsdale is an associate professor of theology and co-director of the interdisciplinary minor in Catholic studies program at Boston College. She received her B.A. in theology and German from Marygrove College; an M.A. in religious education from the Catholic University of America; a licentiate in sacred theology from Regis College (Jesuit Faculty in the Toronto School of Theology); and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of St. Michael�s College.

A Chicago native, Hinsdale�s area of expertise is systematic theology, with specializations in ecclesiology, theological anthropology and Christology. Her most recent publications include Women Shaping Theology (2006); Church Ethics and its Organizational Contexts (2006, co-edited with Jean Bartunek and James Keenan); �It Comes From the People:� Community Development and Local Theology (1995, with Helen Lewis and Maxine Waller); and many articles and chapters in books. She is a member of the Sisters, Servants of Immaculate Heart of Mary, based in Monroe, Mich.

The lecture series, which is funded in part by Saint Xavier�s Office for University Mission and Heritage and a generous contribution from the Lilly Fellows Program, is one of many events to celebrate Saint Xavier University�s 160th anniversary. The series also celebrates the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Mercy by Mother Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland, in 1831.

For more information about the lecture series, please contact Kathy Mareska at (773) 298-3981 or mareska@sxu.edu.

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago�s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier�s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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