MBISCC Past Events

The inaugural event of the Margaret Brennan IHM Institute for Spirituality, Church and Culture was “Teresa of Avila on Prayer as the Heart of Discipleship” held at Marygrove College on Oct. 15, 2017.

Gillian T. W. Ahlgren, PhD, led the day with presentations and conversation on “Unfolding Teresa of Avila’s Understanding of Prayer” and “Infusing Prayer in Critical Issues of our Time.”

Dr. Ahlgren is professor of theology at Xavier University. She holds a PhD in the History of Christianity and is a leading scholar of the Christian mystical tradition, internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Teresa of Avila. She has written six widely acclaimed books, including Enkindling Love: The Legacy of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross (Fortress); Entering Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle: A Reader’s Companion (Paulist); and Teresa of Avila and the Politics of Sanctity (Cornell University Press). She is the founding director of Xavier’s Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice and was a founding member of the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) Cincinnati Women’s Team, a group of spiritual directors who provide retreats and ongoing support for formerly homeless women in recovery from substance abuse.

Panelists for the day included Patricia Cooney Hathaway, PhD; Kathleen McAlpin, RSM, DMin; Justin Kelly, SJ, PhD; and Sarah Nash, MA.

Join us for the 2019 MBISCC event, “Where is Your Hope? Spirituality and Seekers” on Oct. 12, 2019. Visit the MBISCC event page for more details.