Call for Abstracts: Conference on Spiritual Theology & St. Teresa of Calcutta

Call for Abstracts: Conference on Spiritual Theology & St. Teresa of Calcutta

In honor of the recent canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta, the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal is hosting a conference in February 2017 on “Mother Teresa and the Mystics: Toward a Renewal of Spiritual Theology.”

This conference will bring together scholars from the across the sub-disciplines of theology and related fields to explore Mother Teresa’s life and writings in conversation with the broader tradition of Catholic mysticism and spiritual theology. A number of acclaimed theologians are slated to deliver plenary addresses:

  • Dr. Ralph Martin (Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Michigan): “John of the Cross and Mother Teresa: The Truth About Dark Nights”
  • Fr. David Meconi, S.J. (St. Louis University, Missouri): “Touching Jesus Today: The Mystical Body & Mother Teresa”
  • Dr. Mark Miravalle (Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio): “Mother to Mother: The Mystical Intimacy of Mother Teresa with the Mother of God”
  • Dr. Michael Waldstein (Ave Maria University, Florida): “John Paul II & Mother Teresa as Father & Mother of a University”

“Mother Teresa and the Mystics,” sponsored by the Henkels Lecture Fund, will be held at Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida on February 10-11, 2017.

Call for Abstracts

The Aquinas Center invites scholars and professionals to submit abstracts for a 20-minute presentation on themes such as: 

  • Mother Teresa & Particular Catholic Mystics
  • Development of the Missionaries of Charity
  • Stages of the Interior Life & Spiritual Darkness
  • Poverty Physical & Spiritual
  • Mother Teresa & Pro-life Witness
  • Spiritual Theology within Catholic Theology
  • Service & Evangelization
  • Mother Teresa & Catholic Education
  • The Family & the Challenge of Modernity
  • Contemplation & Action

Proposals should be in the form of a 250-350 word abstract. Please include your name, institution, and title of your presentation at the top of the abstract.

Submit PDF or Word document to Michael[DOT]Dauphinais[AT]avemaria[DOT]edu by November 1, 2016.

Notification of acceptance will be given by December 1, 2016.

“Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning devoted to Mary the Mother of God, inspired by St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta, and dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.”

The Missionaries of Charity granted Ave Maria University permission to found the Mother Teresa Project, a program of study and service inspired by the life of St. Teresa of Calcutta. This September, a delegation of students, trustees, and friends of AMU, led by President H. James Towey, represented the University in Rome for St. Teresa’s canonization. The Aquinas Center’s conference, “Mother Teresa and the Mystics,” is one more example of the several events organized by Ave Maria University to honor the saint in the year of her canonization.