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Kathleen Mroz

Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies


Contact Information

671-732-1603


Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 462

Office hours: Mondays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 3:00-4:00 p.m.; Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 p.m.; Thursdays, 11:00-12:00 p.m., 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Education

Ph.D., Boston College; MTS, Harvard Divinity School; B.A., Fordham University


Bio

Professor Mroz's areas of interest are theological anthropology, soteriology, Christology, the theology of Edward Schillebeeckx, and the relationship between Christianity and non-Christian religions. In particular, much of her work focuses dialogue between Muslim women and Catholic women, and the role of women, past and present, in world religions. She enjoys teaching classes that explore how religion might relate to contemporary issues like race, gender, and sexuality, as well as advances in science and technology. Professor Mroz likes to show students how dialogue and interaction with different tradition(s) might help them to better understand and appreciate their own faith, whatever that might be. She lives with her husband in Brighton, MA, and enjoys running and triathlons.


I love that Emmanuel is rooted in Catholicism and open to the world. It is a great place for faculty and students of all faith traditions, and even those who do not identify with a particular faith tradition, to grow both academically and spiritually. I also love that there is a small student to faculty ratio allowing students to get to know their professors, and vice versa. And what better place to be than Boston?

Courses I Teach

  • THRS1103: Exploring Catholic Theology
  • THRS2135: World Religions
  • THRS2201: War, Peace, & Religion
  • THRS2217: Women in the World Religions

Publications & Presentations

Publications: 

  • "When the "Sacrament of Salvation" Needs Saving: Schillebeeckx as a Resource for Theologians Responding to the Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis," Tijdschrift voor Theologie 59 (2019), forthcoming.
  • "Mary the Bridge Builder, Re-thinking Patriarchal Portrayals of Mary in Islam and Christianity," Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies 43:2 (Spring 2019): 1-19.
  • "Is it Necessary to Break the Rules? A Comparative Look at Amina Wadud and the Roman Catholic Womenpriests Movement." Making Gender in the Intersection of the Human and the Divine, Ed. Muhammad Shafiq and Thomas Donlin-Smith, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019.
  • "Dangerous Theology: Schillebeeckx, Pope Francis, and Hope for Catholic Women." Salvation in the World: The Crossroads of Public Theology, Ed. Stephan Van Erp, Christopher Cimorelli, and Christiane Alpers, Bloomsbury, 2017
  • "A Universal Capacity to Hope: The Negative Contrast Experience as a Starting Point for Catholic-Muslim Dialogue," Journal of Comparative Theology 6:1 (June 2016): 56-74.
  • "A Comparative Exploration of Catholics in the United States and Sunni Muslims in Turkey," Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies 40:1 (2016): 1-25.
  • "Secularism is Not the Solution: Why Muslim Women and Catholic Women Need to be in Dialogue," Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies 38:4 (2015): 44-64.

Conference Presentations:

  • "Another World: Dismantling Clericalism and Pursuing Healing." Catholic Theological Society of America Conference. Panelist. Pittsburgh, PA, June 2019.
  • "A Just Love in Cyberspace: Rethinking Christian Sexual Ethics in the Context of Online Dating and Computer Mediated Relationships." American Academy of Religion National Convention. Denver, CO, Nov. 2018.
  • "Is it Necessary to Break the Rules? A Comparative Look at Amina Wadud and the Roman Catholic Womenpriests Movement." Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Women and Gender in Religions. Nazareth College, 2017.
  • "Struggles of Faith and Good Citizenship: A Comparative Exploration of the Experience of Catholics in the United States and Muslims in Turkey." American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies Conference. Villanova University, 2016.
  • "A Universal Capacity to Hope: The Negative Contrast Experience as Starting Point for Catholic-Muslim Dialogue." New England Maritimes American Academy of Religion Conference. Boston College, 2015.
  • "A Universal Capacity to Hope: The Negative Contrast Experience as Starting Point for Catholic-Muslim Dialogue." Engaging Particularities Conference. Boston College, 2015.
  • "Secularism is not the Solution: Why Muslim Women and Catholic Women Need to be in Dialogue." American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies Conference. Villanova University, 2015.
  • "The Oppression of Body Hatred: The Subordination of Women Through Western Culture's Unhealthy Beauty Standards." Boston Theological Institute Engaging Rhetorics of Violence Against Wo/menConference. Boston College, 2015.
  • "Dangerous Crossroads: Schillebeeckx, Pope Francis, and the Future of Feminist Theology." Edward Schillebeeckx Centenary Conference. Co-presentor with Megan Loumagne. Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2014.
  • "Dangerous Theology: Edward Schillebeeckx, Pope Francis, and Hope for Catholic Women." Lumen et Vita Conference. Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, 2014.
  • "Is There a Place for God in the Parody? A Feminist Theological Critique of Judith Butler's Gender Performance Theory." New England Maritimes American Academy of Religion Conference. Boston College, 2014.
  • "Knowing Thy Self: The Importance of Religious Social Location for Comparative Theology." Engaging Particularities Conference. Boston College, 2014.

  • Tijdschrift voor Theologie Essay Prize, KU Leuven (2019)
  • Donald J. White Teaching Award, Boston College (2019)
  • Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy Graduate Fellowship, Boston College (2016-2018)
  • Presidential Fellowship, Boston College (2013-2018)
  • Dean's Fellowship, Harvard Divinity School (2011-2013)



Research Focus

Professor Mroz's research focuses on understanding the meaning of salvation in the contemporary world and pays close attention to 1) marginalized or misunderstood bodies in the Catholic tradition, particularly women and those who struggle with mental health issues 2) the relationship between Christianity and non-Christian religions that sees interreligious learning and cooperation as necessary, not just for the sake of mere tolerance or keeping the peace, but because they truly have wisdom to offer 3) the impact of science and technology, particularly the Internet and social media, and how they affect the human relationship to other people and to God 4) the connection between physical and spiritual well-being.

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