Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P.

Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P.

Professor of Theology
Systematic Theology


B.A., 1971, University of Dayton

M.A., 1979 and Ph.D., 1984, Catholic University of America

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Hilkert specializes in contemporary systematic theology with particular interest in theological anthropology, fundamental theology, and feminist theology and spirituality. She is the author of: Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination (Continuum, 1997), Speaking with Authority: Catherine of Siena and the Voices of Women Today (Paulist, 2008), The Praxis of the Reign of God: An Introduction to the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx (co-editor; Fordham University Press, 2002) and numerous articles on theology, preaching, and spirituality. A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2005-2006), Dr. Hilkert was awarded honorary doctorates from Providence College in 2002 and from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis in 2012. 
The first recipient of Washington Theological Union’s Sophia Award for Theological Excellence in service of ministry in 1997, Dr. Hilkert was the Madeleva lecturer in Spirituality at St. Mary's College in 2001.  She received Barry University's Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence (2011), and the Ann O’Hara Graff Award from the Women’s. Constructive Theology Seminar of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2012).  From 2010-2012, Dr. Hilkert served as Visiting Professor of Faith and Culture, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, The Netherlands where she offered courses on the thought of Edward Schillebeeckx. She received the Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 and the Kaneb Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003.
Dr. Hilkert received a grant from the Louisville Institute for the 2012-2013 academic year to support her current research project, a book titled Words of Spirit and Life: Theology, Preaching and Spirituality (based on the 2010 Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale).  Her other major research project is a book in progress on theological anthropology titled Grace Enfleshed: A Sacramental Anthropology.

Recent Publications


2008. Speaking with Authority: Catherine of Siena and the Voices of Women Today. Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press. Original publication 2001.

Ed. with R.J. Schreiter. 2002. The Praxis of the Reign of God: An Introduction to the Thought of Edward Schillebeeckx, 2nd ed., New York: Fordham University Press.

1997.Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination. New York: Continuum.

Book Chapters:

With Benedikta Hintersberger, Hervé Legrand, Mary O’Driscoll, and Paul J. Philibert. 2014. “Das dominikanische Predigtcharism: Eine Untersuchung,” in Dominikanische Predigt, ed. Thomas Eggensperger and Ulrich Engel, pp. 135-154. Leipzig: St. Benno Verlag.

2014. “The Mystery of Being Human” in The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: Speaking Truth in Love, ed. Kristin M. Colberg and Robert A Krieg, pp. 59-78. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press.

2014. “Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination,” in That the Word May be Proclaimed: Selections from the Marten Lectures–Volume I, ed. Richard Stern, pp. 16-41. St. Meinrad, Indiana: Abbey Press.

2014. “Feasting at the Table of the Word: From Dei Verbum to Verbum Domini,” in We PreachChrist Crucified ed. Michael E. Connors, C.S.C. , pp. 8-26. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press.

2013. “Catherine of Siena, and the Voices of Women Today,” in “Ces gens ne sont-ils pas des hommes?” –Evangile et prophétie, ed. Mariano Delgado, pp. 164-177. Studia Friburgensia 116, Series historica 10. Fribourg, Suisse: Academic Press Fribourg.

2010. “The Threatened Humanum as Imago Dei: Anthropology and Ethics,” in Theology in the Twenty-First Century: The Enduring Contribution of Edward Schillebeeckx, ed.Lieven Boeve et. al., pp. 127-141. New York: Continuum.


2014. “Desire, Gender, and God-Talk: Sarah Coakley’s Feminist Contemplative Theology,”Modern Theology 30/4: 575-581.

2010. “Nieuwe Paden in een Oude Tuin: Sacramentele Theologie en antropologie ,” Tijdschriftvoor Theologie, (March 2010) 108-122.


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