Mary Catherine Hilkert

Mary Catherine Hilkert


Primary Field of Study: Systematic Theology


Ph.D. Catholic University of America

Research and Training Interests

Theology Anthropology, Feminist and Intercultural Theologies, the Interrelationship of Theology, Preaching, and Spirituality

Selected Publications

Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination. New York: Bloomsbury [Continuum], 1997.

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

The Praxis of the Reign of God: An Introduction to the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx, 2nd ed., ed. Mary Catherine Hilkert and Robert J. Schreiter. New York: Fordham University Press, 2002.

“The Many Gifts of the Spirit: Lay Preaching and Liturgy,” in *The Bible as the Word of God,* Concilium 2010/2 , ed. Dennis Gira, Diego Irarrázaval, and Marie-Theres Wacker (London: SCM Press, 2010) 53-60.

“Edward Schillebeeckx, O.P. : Encountering God in a Secular and Suffering World,” Theology Today 62 (October 2005) 1-12.


Professor Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., specializes in contemporary systematic theology with particular focus on theological anthropology, fundamental theology, Christology, and feminist theologies and spirituality. Her current research project is a book titled Words of Spirit and Life: Theology, Preaching and Spirituality. A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2005-2006), Dr. Hilkert holds three honorary doctorates and has been the recipient of Washington Theological Union’s Sophia Award for Theological Excellence in Service of Ministry, Barry University's Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence, and the Ann O’Hara Graff Award for her contributions to the integration of academic and pastoral theology with particular attention to the voices of women. A member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Sr. Hilkert has lectured and preached in Catholic and ecumenical contexts in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and South Africa.


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