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Mary E. Hines

Professor of Theology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Contact Information

617 264-7754

Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 462

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.; by appointment also


Ph.D., M.A., University of St. Michael's College, Toronto; B.A., Emmanuel College


Dr. Hines regularly teaches courses in Catholic theology, women and religion, Global Christianity and church and sacraments.

For ten years, she was an appointee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops to the Anglican Roman Catholic Consultation in the United States, one of the bilateral ecumenical consultations initiated after Vatican II. A member of a number of professional societies, Dr. Hines is particularly active in the Catholic Theological Society of America in which she has held office and frequently presents papers. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Woburn Public Library.

Courses I Teach

  • THRS 1103 Introduction to Catholic Theology
  • THRS 2208 Global Christianity
  • THRS 2217 Women in the World Religions
  • THRS 2219 Women in Christian Traditions
  • THRS 2207 Church: Sacramental Community for Justice
  • THRS 3143 Vatican Council II: Tradition and Transition

Publications + Presentations


  • The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner. Co-editor with Declan Marmion. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • O Que Aconteceu Com Maria. Trans. Maria Stela Gonçalves. São Paulo, Brasil: Edições Loyola, 2005. (Translation of Whatever Happened to Mary.)
  • What Ever Happened to Mary? Notre Dame IN: Ave Maria Press, 2001.
  • The Transformation of Dogma: An Introduction to Karl Rahner on Doctrine. New York: Paulist Press, 1989.

Recent Articles and Chapters in Books:

  • "North American 'Impulses' following the Second Vatican Council" in Vatican II. Concilium vol. 3, London: SCM Press, 2012. (Published in six languages).
  • "Marie Augusta Neal, SND de Namur: Passionate Voice for Justice." In Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New." Ed. Thomas H. Groome and Michael J. Daley. Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, 2010.
  • "Annunciation: Modern Europe and America, 1600-present." In Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, Vol 2.  New York: Walter de Gruyter. 2009.
  • "Voice of the Faithful Survey; an Ecclesiological Reflection." In Voices of the Faithful: Loyal Catholics Speaking Out. Ed. William V. D'Antonio and Anthony J. Pogorelc. New York: Crossroad, 2007.
  • "Preaching the Assumption." Preach. July/August 2006: 16-20.
  • "The Church is Faithful." In The Many Marks of the Church. Ed. William Madges and Michael J. Daley. New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2006. 128-31.
  • "Mary at the Millennium: Recent Developments in Marian Studies." In Carmel and Mary: Theology and History of a Devotion. Edited by John F. Welch, O. Carm. 1-21. Washington, D.C.: The Carmelite Institute, 2002.
  • "Ministry: Leadership in the Community of Jesus Christ." In The Praxis of the Reign of God: An Introduction to the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx, 2nd ed. Edited by Mary Catherine Hilkert and Robert J. Schreiter, 149-166. New York: Fordham University Press, 2002.
  • "She's Back! Themes in Recent Writing on Mary." New Theology Review 14 (2001): 84- 87.
  • "Ecclesiology for a Public Church: the United States Context," Catholic Theological Society of America Proceedings 55 (2000): 23-46.
  • New Perspectives on Mary: Voices of Women," Toronto Journal of Theology 16 (2000): 91-108.
  • "Karl Rahner on Development of Doctrine: How Relevant is Rahner Today?"  Philosophy and Theology 12 (2000): 111-130.
  • "The Changing Image of Mary in United States Culture." In L'Immagine Teologica Di Maria, Oggi Fede e Cultura, edited by Elio Peretto, 307-26. Rome: Edizioni "Marianum," 1996.
  • "Rahnerian Spirituality: Implications for Ministry."  Handbook of Spirituality for Ministers, edited by Robert Wicks, 129-140. New York: Paulist Press, 1995.
  • "Community for Liberation: Church."  Freeing Theology: Contemporary Catholic Theology in Feminist Perspective, edited by Catherine LaCugna, 161-184.  San Francisco: Harper, 1993.
  • "Introduction to Ecclesiology."  The Church in the Nineties: Its Legacy, Its Future, edited by Pierre Hegy, 3-5.  Collegeville:  Liturgical Press, 1993.
  • "Mary."  The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, edited by Michael Downey, 635-645.  Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1993.
  • "Three Perspectives: [She Who is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by E. A. Johnson, 1992; Review Symposium]. Mary E. Hines, Mary Rose D'Angelo, and John Carmody. " Horizons 20 (Fall 1993): 324-39.
  • "What Ever Happened to Mary?"  New Theology Review 5 (November, 1992): 70-75.
  • "Mary and the Prophetic Mission of the Church." Journal of Ecumenical Studies 28:2 (Spring, 1991): 281-298.
  • "Ministry:  The Praxis of the Kingdom of God."  In The Praxis of Christian Experience:  An Introduction to the Thought of Edward Schillebeeckx, edited by Robert Schreiter and Mary Catherine Hilkert, 116-130.  New York:  Harper and Row, 1989.
  • "Women Religious in Transition."  New Theology Review 1 (February, 1988): 93-106.
  • Monsignor John Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology, University of San Diego, spring semester, 2006.
  • Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. Trinity College, Washington, DC.
  • Awarded an Institutional Renewal Grant by the Rhodes Consultation to initiate a Catholic Studies Program at Emmanuel College, Spring, 2000.
  • Selected for participation in the Rhodes Regional Consultation on the Future of the Church-Related College (1998-1999) (A Lilly funded project)
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees Trinity Washington University (1993-1996)

Research Focus

Dr. Hines's research interests include contemporary theologies of the church, Vatican Council II, feminist theologies, theologies of Mary and ecumenism.

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