Sennett Institute for Mercy and Catholic Studies marks 10 years

Tuesday September 10, 2019

gonzalez-andrieuTheologian to address Catholic social teaching and immigration

Catholic theologian Cecilia González-Andrieu, Ph.D., will deliver a powerful presentation on Catholic social teaching and immigration when she visits Mercyhurst University on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Her talk, titled “Wounded Grace and the Vulnerable Among Us,” begins at 7 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall. Presented by the William C. Sennett Institute for Mercy and Catholic Studies, it is free and open to the public.

González-Andrieu said her presentation will explore the tools that the Christian tradition offers that allow us to engage reality fully. It will answer the question, “How do we better understand and work against attitudes that are destructive to the most vulnerable, especially immigrants and refugees, and that deface the image of God in Creation?”

González-Andrieu is an associate professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, from which she earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She returned to her alma mater after completing her doctorate at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, where she was the first to combine the studies of systematic theology with religion and the arts.

She has been recognized with awards for her writing by the Catholic Press Association, and singled out as one of the most promising theologians of the next generation by America Magazine. She is the author of Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty; co-editor of Teaching Global Theologies: Power and Praxis; and a contributor to Go Into the Streets: The Welcoming Church of Pope Francis.

A scholar-activist, professor González-Andrieu publishes and speaks about theological aesthetics, Latinx theology, the theology of Pope Francis, and educational justice, while also writing on immigration, women’s voices, and current political concerns as a contributing writer for America: The Jesuit Review.

At Loyola Marymount she has led the university’s work with undocumented students for more than a decade, as well as initiatives on worker justice and care of the sick.

The Sennett Institute for Mercy and Catholic Studies is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It was established in 2009 to highlight the breadth and depth of the Catholic intellectual tradition, as well as the five critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy of the America: caring for the poor, especially women and children; caring for immigrants; caring for the earth/creation; promoting nonviolence; and combating racism.

The institute has been endowed through the generosity of Atty. William C. Sennett, who served as a Mercyhurst Trustee for more than three decades. The former president of the Erie law firm Knox, McLaughlin, Gornall and Sennett, he also served as a special assistant Attorney General for Pennsylvania.

The Institute hosts an annual lecture series featuring prominent Catholic speakers, including Terrence Tilley, Ilia Delio, and Richard Rodriguez.

For information about the Institute for Mercy and Catholic Studies or this presentation, contact Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder, msnyder@mercyhurst.edu.