Four Catholic Women Who Changed Christianity: Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Hildegard of Bingen

Podcast-style audio & video course - 12 Topics & 4 CDs
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
Fairfield University
(7 customer reviews)
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Four Catholic Women Who Changed Christianity: Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Hildegard of Bingen

Podcast-style audio & video course - 12 Topics & 4 CDs
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
Fairfield University
(7 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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Until 1970, the Vatican had never recognized a woman as a Doctor of the Church. Today there are four: Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Hildegard of Bingen. Now you can get an in-depth look at their lives with award-winning religious studies scholar Elizabeth A. Dreyer.

Despite living in different countries, centuries, and cultural contexts, the four women Doctors of the Church are all boundless sources of wisdom and faith. Now, through Prof. Dreyer’s engaging 12-lecture course, available in audio and video, you can understand each woman’s powerful theology, letting her spirituality guide you.

Professor Dreyer is an expert in medieval women mystics and the role of women in Christianity. She is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Making Sense of God: A Woman’s Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger, 2008), which won first place in the Catholic Press Association’s Gender Issues category.

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Until 1970, the Vatican had never recognized a woman as a Doctor of the Church. Today there are four: Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Hildegard of Bingen. Now you can get an in-depth look at their lives with award-winning religious studies scholar Elizabeth A. Dreyer.

Despite living in different countries, centuries, and cultural contexts, the four women Doctors of the Church are all boundless sources of wisdom and faith. Now, through Prof. Dreyer’s engaging 12-lecture course, available in audio and video, you can understand each woman’s powerful theology, letting her spirituality guide you.

Professor Dreyer is an expert in medieval women mystics and the role of women in Christianity. She is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Making Sense of God: A Woman’s Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger, 2008), which won first place in the Catholic Press Association’s Gender Issues category.

As you explore the historical context that gave rise to these women’s ideas, you will learn how to retrieve aspects of their theological thought in a critical and relevant way today. Including women’s perspectives in the Church helps us broaden what we understand in theology and reminds us that all Christians are invited to be theologians.

Join Prof. Dreyer to discover new depths of the Christian theological tradition with Hildegard, Catherine, Teresa, and Thérèse.

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Prof. Elizabeth A. Dreyer, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. She has previously taught at The Catholic University of America; the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C.; and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an expert in medieval women mystics, the history of Christian spirituality, and the role of women in Christianity. Prof. Dreyer received her Ph.D. from Marquette University, her M.A. from Xavier University, and her B.A. from Dominican University. She also completed additional graduate work at Harvard Divinity School, Boston University, the Pontifical University for Mediaeval Studies, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and the University of Toronto.
Prof. Dreyer is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Accidental Theologians: Four Women Who Shaped Christianity (Franciscan Media, 2014), Passionate Spirituality: Hildegard of Bingen and Hadewijch of Brabant (Paulist Press, 2005), A Retreat with Catherine of Siena (St. Anthony Messenger, 1999), and Making Sense of God: A Woman’s Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger, 2008), which won first place in the Catholic Press Association’s Gender Issues category. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal from Mount Saint Joseph’s College and Fairfield University’s Choice Award for exemplary application of the ideals of the Ignatian tradition.
Praise for Elizabeth Dreyer
“Elizabeth Dreyer is a proven guide to Catholic spirituality. Her scholarship has given her a strong familiarity with the richness of Catholic tradition and she is able to communicate it with warmth and clarity.” – Fr. Donald Senior, O.P., Ph.D., President Emeritus, Catholic Theological Union
“Dreyer . . . provides a wonderful introduction, toggling back and forth between historical context and the difference their theology can make for twenty-first century Christians.” – Barbara Newman, Professor, Northwestern University

  • Women Doctors of the Church: Long Overdue Recognition
  • Theology and Spirituality: Mortal Enemies or Welcome Allies?
  • Hildegard of Bingen: Benedictine Abbess, Physician, Composer, and Theologian
  • Hildegard of Bingen: Theology of the Holy Spirit
  • Catherine’s Siena: Public Ministry to Church and World
  • Catherine of Siena: Theology of Incarnation
  • Teresa of Ávila: Theologian, Reformer, and Spiritual Guide
  • Teresa of Ávila: Theology of the Human Person
  • Thérèse of Lisieux: 19th Century French Catholicism
  • Thérèse of Lisieux: Theology of the Cross
  • Women’s Theology: Insight and Guidance for Our Time
  • Grassroots Theology: The Universal Call of Baptism

7 reviews for Four Catholic Women Who Changed Christianity: Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Hildegard of Bingen

  1. Jean C., NY

    Fall Survey: October 2016

    This is about the four women doctors of the church. Their place in history and their personal spirituality were presented in depth. Much information – a course that requires more than one listening.

  2. Sister Joan D., CA

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    I learned a great deal about many women mystics and it was very down to earth in presentations.

  3. Charles C. Ireland

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    It was a course that was simple to understand yet profound in its content. Broad in scope but interesting to make one go and find out more about these wonderful women theologians!

  4. Joe Z., NE

    Summer Survey: July 2017

    Have enjoyed the courses. Been pleased with everything I’ve watched

  5. Agnes B., DE

    Summer Survey: July 2017

    This presented information not readily available as a whole elsewhere. Women Doctors of the Church. We watched this as a group and perhaps the way we did that (one session a month) made the presentation less positive.

  6. Rev. Donald J. T., IN

    2018 Spring Survey

    An valuable course on the importance and history of women in the Catholic tradition.

  7. Anonymous

    Summer 2018 Survey

    It is encouraging to me to see and learn more about Catholic women who have left their legacy for us in 2018!

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