Distinguished history lecture focuses on Women’s Religious Orders

On Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m., author and theologian Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D., will address the important contributions of women’s religious orders in the United States. This installment of the annual Lourdes University Distinguished History Lecture will occur at the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. McGuinness is a Professor at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. Previously at LaSalle, she served as Chair of the Religion Department and served a term as Vice President for Mission. She obtained her doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1985 and taught for 20 years at Cabrini College in Radnor, Penn.

Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D.
Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D.

As an author, Dr. McGuinness penned Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America (NYU); and Neighbors and Missionaries: A History of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine (Fordham). Called to Serve received a first place award for General Excellence in History from the Catholic Press Association. Dr. McGuinness also edited “A Catholic Studies Reader” with James T. Fisher (Fordham U Press).

“Having served as Co-Editor of American Catholic Studies for 12 years and as President and Past Vice President for the American Catholic Historical Association, Dr. McGuinness will enlighten those in attendance on an important topic in U.S. History,” saysDwayne Beggs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History and Director of the First Year Experience at Lourdes University.

The year 2016 marks the centennial anniversary of the Sisters of St. Francis who founded Lourdes in 1958.

Dr. McGuinness will meet and have dinner with Lourdes history majors prior to the lecture.