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USMC, Faculty of Theology & Continuing Education Convocation

Congratulations 2014 Graduates

Honorary Degrees to be Conferred at USMC, Faculty Of Theology & Continuing Education Convocation on November 8, 2014 to:

Dr. Marcia L. Colish

Dr. Marcia L. Colish

Dr. Marcia L. Colish
Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa)
Visiting Fellow, Visiting Professor & Lecturer
Yale University
Professor Emerita, Oberlin College
B.A., Smith College, 1958, M.A., Yale University, 1959, Ph.D., Yale University, 1965

After teaching there from 1963 to 2001, Marcia L. Colish retired from Oberlin College as Frederick B. Artz Professor of History emerita. Since then she has been a Visiting Fellow, Visiting Professor, and Lecturer in History at Yale University. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and at the Weston School of Theology (1982), Etienne Gilson Lecturer at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto (2000), and a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar (2006-07). She holds a Ph.D. from Yale (1965) and an honorary D.H.L. from Grinnell College (1999). The Yale Graduate School awarded her its Wilbur Cross Medal in 1993. Professor Colish is a Fellow and Past President of the Medieval Academy of America.

Prof. Colish's chief scholarly interest is the intellectual history of the Middle Ages, particularly the fortunes of the classical and Christian traditions, as well as their pre-medieval roots and carryover in early modern thought. Aside from Peter Lombard, 2 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 1994), recipient of the Haskins medal of the Medieval Academy of America (1998), the project for which she received the Guggenheim Fellowship, her major publications include The Mirror of Language: A Study in the Medieval Theory of Knowledge (Yale UP, 1968; 2nd rev. ed., University of Nebraska Press, 1983); The Stoic Tradition from Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages, 2 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 1985; rev. paperback ed., 1990); Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 400-1400 (Yale UP, 1997; paperback ed., 1999; new printing, 2003; Italian trans., 2001; Chinese trans., 2009); Remapping Scholasticism (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2000); and Ambrose's Patriarchs: Ethics for the Common Man (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005; paperback ed., 2005); Faith, Fiction, and Force in Medieval Baptismal Debates (Washington, DC (Catholic University of America Press 2014); Seneca Philosophus, co-edited with Jula Wildberger (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014). Previously published papers have been collected in Studies in Scholasticism (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006) and The Fathers and Beyond: Church Fathers between Ancient and Medieval Thought (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).

Dr. Ellen M. Leonard, C.S.J.

Dr. Ellen M. Leonard, C.S.J

Dr. Ellen M. Leonard, C.S.J.
Doctor of Sacred Letters, (Honoris Causa)
Professor Emerita, Faculty of Theology
University of St. Michael’s College

In November of 1979, Ellen Margaret Leonard of the Congregation of Saint Joseph was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, one of the first awarded to a woman theologian in Canada. It was a time of transformation both for Sister Ellen and for the Canadian Church. In response to the call for renewal from the Second Vatican Council, she had set aside fourteen years of service in primary and religious education to serve the church as a theologian in higher education.
A native of Toronto, with degrees from the University of Toronto and Manhattan College in New York, Sister Ellen was appointed to the Faculty of Theology of St Michael’s College in 1977, and devoted her research and teaching to furthering the Council’s goals. Her three books explored the contributions of forbears of the Council in the early twentieth-century reform movement referred to as Roman Catholic Modernism: George Tyrrell and the Catholic Tradition, Paulist Press, 1982; Unresting Transformation: The Theology and Spirituality of Maude Petre, University Press of America, 1991; Creative Tension: The Spiritual Legacy of Friedrich von Hugel, University of Scranton Press, 1997. Her multiple articles addressing topics of theology and spirituality have appeared in international and Canadian scholarly journals as well as in popular publications.

The courses she offered over twenty-two years at St. Michael’s College and the Toronto School of Theology initiated students (women and men, Catholic and Protestant) into theological thinking, especially about Christology and sacraments, while helping them integrate the perspectives of ecumenism, feminism and ecology. Appointed by the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops, she served on the Roman Catholic-United Church National Dialogue from 1975-1984. In later years her ecumenical service included an appointment to the Churches Council for Theological Education. She was a Founding Member of the Catholic Network for Women’s Equality.

Her accomplishments were recognized with the Woman of Distinction award bestowed by the YWCA in 2005, heralding her work in the area of religion and education as “ a life of devotion to women’s equality,” and in 2004 with the Ann O’Hara Graff Award given by the Women’s Seminar in Constructive Theology of the Catholic Theological Society of America. In 2012, Sister
Ellen celebrated sixty years as a Sister of Saint Joseph.