ND's fourth annual Edith Stein Conference to be held Feb. 13-14

Author: Arts and Letters


The 2009 Edith Stein Conference will be held Feb. 13 and 14 (Friday and Saturday) in the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall.

The conference, “Love: What Hurts and What Works? Engaging Self, Society and God,” will include talks and presentations by some 20 speakers on human relationships and what damages them, addressing such topics as sexual assault, pornography, domestic violence, and how authentic love can positively transform lives.

The annual conference, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Edith Stein Project (ESP), draws men and women from colleges, universities and Catholic dioceses nationwide to discuss issues of gender and sexuality, especially as they pertain to women, by exploring what it means to be authentic women and men.

Speakers at this year’s conference will include Bishop John M. D’Arcy of the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese; Janet Smith, professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit; Dr. Phillip Mango, president of the St. Michael’s Instiute for the Psychological Sciences in New York; and Sister Prudence Allen, professor of philosophy at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver.

ESP’s inspiration and patron saint, was born Oct. 12, 1891, to a Jewish family in Breslau, Germany. Edith Stein studied philology and philosophy at the Universities of Breslau and Goettingen and earned a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Freiburg, where she was a friend and collaborator with Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology. She converted to Catholicism when she was 30 years old and 12 years later entered the Carmelite convent in Cologne. Fleeing persecution, she moved to a Carmelite convent in Echt, Holland, in 1938 but was arrested by the Nazis in 1942 during a nationwide retaliation following the Dutch Catholic bishops’ denunciation of the deportation of Jews and the expulsion of Jewish children from the Catholic school system. She died at Auschwitz on Aug. 9, 1942. Known in the Carmelite order as Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Edith Stein was canonized, or proclaimed a saint, by Pope John Paul II in 1998.

Contact: Caitlin Podlaski at cpodlask@nd.edu

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at newsinfo.nd.edu on February 09, 2009.