Catholic Women Preach

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Catholic Women Preach offers the theologically informed perspectives of Catholic women on the Sunday readings readings and on some feast days. Visit to view preaching videos, to read preaching texts, and to learn more about the preachers.

August 15, 2018: Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary
Kochurani Abraham preaches for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, offering a reflection on the "liberative significance" of the feast day for women today. Kochurani Abraham is a feminist theologian, gender researcher and trainer from Kerala, India. She has a Masters in Child Development from Kerala University, Licentiate in Systematic Theology from Pontifical University of Comillas, Madrid and PhD in Feminist Theology from University of Madras, India. She was the former coordinator of Ecclesia of Women in Asia, an association of Asian level feminist theologians and has been the board member representing Asia for International Network of Societies in Catholic Theology (INSeCT). At present she is the Regional Coordinator of the Indian Christian Women’s Movement for Kerala and the Vice-President of the Indian Theological Association. Visit for more information and to view the preaching text and video.
August 14, 2018
August 12, 2018: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mary Lou Bozza preaches for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on the recognizing the daily bread that God sets before us and calls us to share with one another. Mary Lou is currently the Director of Development at Haley House, a feisty Boston non-profit founded in the Catholic Worker Tradition which includes a soup kitchen, affordable housing, an urban farm, and a social enterprise cafe employing people returning from incarceration. She is also a founding member of FACES (Faith in Action with El Salvador), a U.S. non-profit established to support community organizations in El Salvador. Mary Lou's writing has been published by Liguori Press, various Catholic newspapers, and in a collection of essays about feminism and faith. Visit to learn more about Mary Lou, see her preaching video, and read her preaching text.
August 10, 2018
August 5, 2018: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preaching for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Tessa Pulaski offers a reflection that brings a serigraph by Corita Kent, which features a quote from Dan Berrigan, SJ, into conversation with the readings of the day. Tessa graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2015, where she studied Science, Technology and International Affairs. She has served as an intern at the Global Catholic Climate Movement, the Jesuit Center for Ecology and Development in Lilongwe, Malawi, and at Refugees International's Climate Displacement Program and the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement in Washington, D.C. This past year, Tessa worked on Catholic Relief Services’ Advocacy Team, focusing primarily on food security issues. Visit for more information about Tessa, to see her preaching video, and read her text.
August 6, 2018
July 29, 2019: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Chantal Afou Bengaly preaches for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on generosity: "It is too easy to lament the condition of the world and, like the disciples, feel overwhelmed. Jesus says, ‘just bring me what you have and let’s get started.’" Afou Chantal Bengaly is a social justice activist, motivational speaker, trainer, moderator and youth mentor. She was the first woman from her home village of Kourouma to study attend university. Chantal served as a catechist for children ages 6 to 15 during her studies. She currently works as program manager with Wetlands International Mali. She contributed to the forthcoming text God's Quad: Small Faith Communities on Campus and Beyond edited by Kevin Ahern and Christopher Derige Malano and published by Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY. Visit for more about Chantal and to see her preaching video and read her text.
July 31, 2018
July 22, 2018: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Samantha Lin preaches for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on community and unity. Samantha Lin earned her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University in 2014. In 2012, Samantha studied in Amman, Jordan and simultaneously taught English to refugee kids through Jesuit Refugee Services Jordan. After graduating, Samantha served with Jesuit Volunteer Corp in Chicago where she worked in refugee resettlement. She has also worked with Seeds of Peace, an international peacebuilding camp for teenagers from the Middle East, South Asia and the US. In 2015 Samantha was granted the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies to study in Rome and remained there after the year-long fellowship, recently earning her diploma in Judaic Studies from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Visit to learn more about Samantha, read her text, and view her preaching video.
July 20, 2018
Feast of St. Mary of Magdala (St. Mary Magdalene)
Colleen Griffith preaches for the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala, offering a prayerful meditation addressed to Mary herself: Dr. Colleen M. Griffith is Professor of the Practice of Theology at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry where she serves as Faculty Director of Spirituality Studies for the M.A. program. the dual degrees, and the Post-Master’s Program in Spiritual Formation. She holds her doctorate in Theology from Harvard Divinity School, where she worked under the direction of historical theologian Margaret Miles. Dr. Griffith’s research and writing interests include historical and contemporary spirituality, Christian theologies of the body, method in practical theology, and exploration of the relationship between doctrine and spiritual practice. Visit to learn more about Dr. Griffith, read her text, and see the preaching video.
July 17, 2018
July 15, 2018: Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time
Preaching from Nairobi, Kenya, Heidi Cerneka offers a reflection on missionary discipleship for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. Heidi Cerneka has lived in Latin America for over 20 years, and is currently living in Nairobi, Kenya, working with incarcerated women and refugees. She holds Master’s degree in Pastoral theology. Additionally, after 20 years of advocacy for women and justice, she decided to return to school and to obtain a law degree. She is now a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois. She has served as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner (MKLM) for almost 20 years, and is on the MKLM board of directors. Maryknoll Lay Missioners is a lay Catholic organization inspired by Jesus and the Gospel to live and work for justice in communities around the world. Visit to learn more about Heidi, and to see her preaching video and read her text.
July 12, 2018
July 8, 2018: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sallie Latkovich, CSJ preaches for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary time, offering a reflection on our baptismal call to be prophets in the world. Sallie is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, and holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Scripture and Spirituality. Sallie is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association, and a member of Spiritual Directors International; she is active in a number of Peace and Justice Organizations including NETWORK. Recently elected to the Leadership Team of her religious congregation, Sallie will leave her position at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, in July 2018. Visit to learn more about Sallie, and to see her preaching video and read her text.
July 5, 2018
July 1, 2018: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sr. Gabriella Bottani preaches for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary time, offering a reflection on Jesus' invitation to "arise" and stand up for justice. Sr. Gabriella has been the International Coordinator of Talitha Kum, the Worldwide Network of Religious Life against trafficking in persons, constituted by the UISG (International Union of General Superiors) since 2015. Talitha Kum -- headquartered in Rome, Italy -- is a network of 22 local networks, based in 76 countries in 5 continents. Visit to learn more about Sr. Gabriella, the Talitha Kum network, see her preaching video with captions, and read her text.
June 28, 2018
June 24, 2018: Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist
Elizabeth Mueller Stewart preaches for the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, offering a reflection on speaking our truth, especially from a woman's perspective. Elizabeth Mueller Stewart, a St. Louis native, graduated from Cor Jesu Academy in 2006. In 2009, after living in El Salvador with the Casa de la Solidaridad program (Santa Clara University), she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice & Peace Studies at Marquette University. Following undergrad, she joined Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest for a year in Washington. In 2014, she graduated with a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Beth is currently the Director of Service Learning at a Catholic high school in the Bay Area. Visit to learn more about Elizabeth, see her preaching video, and read her text.
June 21, 2018
June 17, 2018: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Alyssa Pasternak Post preaches for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary time, offering a reflection encouraging us to be "courageous" in this already-but-not-yet time of God's reign. Alyssa Pasternak Post earned her bachelors degree in Theology from Wheeling Jesuit University and her Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton. Post-college Alyssa served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at WomenRising in Jersey City, New Jersey, followed by a few years as a theology teacher at St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City and later at Archbishop Alter High School in Dayton, Ohio. She also facilitated theology courses on the subjects of morality, prayer and Catholic social teaching for The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation at the University of Dayton. Visit to learn more about Alyssa, and to see her preaching video and text.
June 13, 2018
June 10, 2018: Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Alison M. Benders preaches for the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection that challenges us to engage in the work of the Turbulent Spirit: "The Holy Spirit's work cannot be reduced to comfort and consolation. Rather, the work of the Spirit is turbulent. The Turbulent Spirit upends our distorted priorities through the protests of the poor." Alison M. Benders, J.D., Ph.D., serves as Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Alison earned her B.A. in Philosophy at Yale University, her J.D. at the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston College. Visit to learn more about Alison, and to see her preaching video and text.
June 5, 2018
June 3, 2018: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Jeannine Hill Fletcher offers a reflection on how we might truly venerate the Blood of Christ in today's troubled and violent world. Jeannine Hill Fletcher is Professor of Theology at Fordham University, Bronx NY, and board member of the grassroots social justice organization, the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. Her most recent book is entitled, The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism and Religious Diversity in America (Orbis, 2017). Visit to learn more about Jeannine, watch her preaching video and read the text.
May 29, 2018
May 27, 2018: Trinity Sunday
Linda Hogan preaches for Trinity Sunday offering a reflection on the Church's commission to 'into all the world and make disciples of all nations' in today's diverse world. Linda Hogan - Professor of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin - is an ethicist with experience in research and teaching in pluralist and multi-religious contexts. Her primary research interests lie in the fields of inter-cultural and inter-religious ethics, social and political ethics, human rights and gender. Visit to see Linda'spreaching video, read the text, and learn more about her.
May 24, 2018
May 20th, 2018: Pentecost
Deb Organ Preaches for Pentecost Sunday, offering a reflection on how -- with the help of the Holy Spirit -- we can move beyond division and fear. Deb is currently the Pastoral Associate and Mental Health Clinician at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Minneapolis, MN and teaches Theology and coordinates Masters level ministry formation at St. Catherine University in St. Paul MN. She also is part of the teaching team, offering a systematics theology course, for the Spanish Pastoral Ministry Certificate Program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul MN. Visit to see Deb's preaching video, read the text, and learn more about her.
May 18, 2018
May 13, 2018: Solemnity of the Ascension
Elizabeth Ngami preaches for the Ascension, offering a reflection on Jesus' instruction to "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature." Elizabeth Ngami is Programmes Officer for Kenya Christian Professional Forum, where she works with church bodies representing Catholics, Evangelicals, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Anglicans. She is committed to humanitarian service delivery for social impact and social justice of all members of the society. She is a member of St. Paul's Catholic University Chapel, where she is also a lector. Visit to see Elizabeth's preaching video, read the text, and learn more about her.
May 11, 2018
May 6, 2018: Sixth Sunday in Easter
Sophia Park, SNJM preaches for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, offering a reflection the paradox of "remaining in love." Jung Eun Sophia Park, SNJM, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. She earned a PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Along with teaching undergraduate students, she serves as a spiritual director with those who experience immigration and dislocation, as well as those who are exploring new ways of crossing cultural spirituality. As a scholar, spiritual director, a person of hybrid cultures, and a Holy Names sister, her publications embrace a wide spectrum. visit to view Sophia's preaching video and read the transcript.
May 4, 2018
April 29, 2018: Fifth Sunday of Easter
Karen Murphy preaches for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, offering a reflection on the act of "divine pruning." Karen Murphy has a BA in Theology from the University of Scranton (a Jesuit university), and an MA in Theological Research, Christian Spirituality from Andover Newton Theological School. Her thesis was on the Eucharistic Theology of St. Catherine of Siena, whose feast day is celebrated today on the 5th Sunday of Easter. St. Catherine teaches that we can only ever love God as much as we love one another. In this spirit, Karen envisions a church in which all who hunger for grace through the sacraments are received, welcomed, and cherished – ensuring in effect that God is received, welcomed, and cherished. visit to see Karen's preaching video and to read the text.
April 27, 2018
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