Sr. Mary John Mananzan
Sr. Mary John Mananzan,OSB is a Missionary Benedictine
sister. She obtained her doctorate degree in Philosophy
major in Linguistic Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University
in Rome, Italy, and a degree in Missiology at the Wilhelmsuniversitaet
in Muenster, Germany.
Her involvement includes charting new paths in the academe and working
with the masses especially the women. As a feminist-activist she has
given birth to women-centered programs among them are the Institute
of Women’s Studies, Women Ecology and Wholeness Farm, and the
Women Crisis Center.
- She was the National Chairperson of GABRIELA, a broad alliance of
women’s organization for 18 years.(1986-2004)
- She is actively involved in developing a distinct Third World Theology
and was the Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Ecumenical Association
of Third World Theologians (EATWOT) until September, 2001.
- She served for 5 years as the International Coordinator of the Women’s
Commision of EATWOT which developed a Feminist Theology of Liberation
from the perspective of Third World women.
- She was President of St. Scholastica’s College for 6 years
(1996-2002) and has just been elected Prioress of the Missionary Benedictine
Sisters in the Manila Priory.
She was awarded the Dorothy Cadbury Fellowship in 1994 in Birmingham
and Henry Luce Fellowship at the Union Theological Seminary in New York
She was granted a Fellowship as an Asian Public Intellectual of 2002
by the Nippon Foundation and undertook a research on Woman, Religion
and Spirituality in Asia in four Asian countries. Her book entitled
Woman, Religion and Spirituality was published by Anvil and
was launched during the International Book Fair at the World Trade Center
in Manila on August 15, 2004.
See her Curriculum Vitae here.
Sr Naoko Iyori
- MA History, and Diploma from Pastoral Institute of Pontifical University
- Retired lecturer at Dept. of Sociology at various Universities in
- Lecturer at Institutes of On-going Religious Formation and of Lay
Sr Iyori was visiting research associate at the Centre for Religion,
Culture and Gender in the Dept. of Religions and Theology at Manchester
University, UK (1998~1999).
She has worked with the Japanese Council for Justice and Peace since
1980 as well as with Asia Partnership for Human Development, a Catholic
International Development Organization (1989 ~ 1998).
She collaborated with UN Human Rights Committee and with HABITAT for
the cause of Asian women and children(1988 ~1996).
She works for the reconciliation and recovery of justice of the women
in Asia and Pacific Area coerced into army prostitution during WW II.
- Report on People's Development in Asia (1990)
- Issues of Environment and Development of the Squatters in Asia
& Latin America (1992)
- Democratization of Asia and Women (1994)
- Guatemalan Indigenous Women (1997)
- Japanese translation of Sister Earth: Ecology and the Spirit by
Helder Camara, (1998)
- Japanese translation of The Ordination of Women in the Catholic
Church by John Wijngaards (2005)
Professor Kari Elisabeth Børresen
Kari Elisabeth Børresen is Senior Professor (emerita) at the
Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. International pioneer of Gender
Studies in Religion, she started her research already in 1961. She is
a specialist in historical Western theology from Late Antiquity to the
Renaissance and has analysed the interaction of androcentric anthropology
and Godlanguage in the formation of Christian doctrine.
She has introduced the term "matristics", in order to correlate the
Greco-Roman enculturation of ancient Church Fathers (mainly third to
fifth centuries) with the Northern European inculturation of medieval
Church Mothers (mainly twelfth to fifteenth centuries), both considered
to be leading agents in formative Christian theology.
Professor Børresen has been visiting professor at leading North-American
and European universities and has co-ordinated several scholarly networks
and international research groups.
A reforming Catholic, she is currently investigating the conflict between
religious freedom and women's universal human rights, with focus on
gender models in Christianity and Islam.
Professor Børresen has written many books and articles.
- 1992: Doctor theologiae honoris causa, Uppsala University.
- 1995-: Member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
For more information, see:
Professor Maria Clara Luchetti
- BA Social Coomunications, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
- Doctorate of Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy.
- Dr Maria Clara Bingemer is currently Professor in Theology at the
Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; and Dean
of the Center for Theology and Human Sciences of the same University.
Dr Bingemer, along with her husband Dr Einardo Bingemer, act as advisors
to the progressive Brazilian Catholic Bishops' Conference on issues
of justice for women, and the importance of married people exercising
leadership within the Church and society.
She is regarded as an expert on lay spirituality and leadership in
the Church, particularly in regard to the new model of Church emerging
from the Basic Christian Communities, which are springing up everywhere
in Latin America. Dr Bingemer is a leader in the Jesuit-founded lay
movement, Christian Life Communities. She was also Regional Coordinator
of the Latin American Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians
from 1986 to 1992. She is the member of the board of many journals of
theology, among them Revista Eclesiastica Brasileira, the most
well known theological journal in Brazil, and Concilium, international
review of theology. She was also from 2004 to 2008 member of the borad
of JAAR (Journal of the American Academy of Religion)
A selection of her publications
- ¿Un rostro para Dios? - ed.
Madrid: San Pablo, 2008
- Jesus Cristo: servo de Deus e Messias
glorioso - Vol 8 . Ed Paulinas,2008
- Simone Weil. Acción y contemplación,
Bilbao: Desclée de Brouwer, 2007.
- A bala, a flor e o perdão: violência
e reconciliação. 1. ed. Rio de Janeiro: Editora
PUC/ Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2006
- A globalização e os jesuitas,
SP, Loyola, 2007, 2 volumes
- Cuerpo de mujer y experiência de
Dios. Sentir y experimentar a Dios de un modo femenino. Buenos
Aires, San Benito, 2007
- Simone Weil. A força e a fraqueza
do amor, RJ, Rocco, 2007
For more information,
visit her website
Professor Ann Gilroy
- MA (Education)
- MA (Theology)
- PhD ( Cambridge)
Professor Ann Gilroy is now Director of Undergraduate Studies in the
School of Theology at the University of Auckland, and a member of the
Catholic Institute of Theology.
Her research interests centre around Christian spiritualities - of
individuals, specific groups, family, schools, contexts and not necessarily
in a church context. I have a particular interest in women and children’s
theologies and spiritualities, Catholic spiritualities, Aotearoa-New
- "Around Cups of Tea and Coffee: Pakeha Women's Spirituality."
In Spirituality in Aotearoa New Zealand: Catholic Voices,
edited by Helen Bergin & Susan Smith, 157-74. Auckland: Accent
- "Sustaining the Vision from Adelaide to Temuka: A Josephite
Community Is Founded in New Zealand in 1883." In Communities
of Women: Historical Perspectives, edited by Barbara Brookes
& Dorothy Page, 81-98. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 2002.
- O'Grady, Kathleen, Ann L Gilroy, and Janette Gray, eds. Bodies,
Lives, Voices: Gender in Theology. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic
Press, 1998. honors.