Lent Brings Proclamation of Gospels, Lecture Offers New Insights
SPOKANE, Wash. – Mary C. Boys, SNJM, New York City-based scholar and author, will discuss, “Making Meaning of the Death of Jesus: Insights New and Old,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room at Gonzaga University. The free and public lecture is a capstone event to celebrations honoring 125 years of the Sisters of the Holy Names in Spokane.
Gonzaga Academic Vice President Patricia O’Connell Killen invites the Gonzaga community and the public to be inspired by Boys, who will draw upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and contemporary Biblical scholarship to explore new layers of meaning in the Gospels.
“Gonzaga is very pleased to be able to host Dr. Boys in recognition of her scholarship and of the long relationship of the Holy Name Sisters with the Jesuits in the Pacific Northwest,” said Killen.
Since 1965, Boys, a Seattle native, has been a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a congregation of Roman Catholic women. She is currently dean of academic affairs at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Boys, a scholar of Christian and Jewish studies, authored “Redeeming our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians,” (2013) which explores misinterpretations of the Passion narrative that have rationalized hostility to and violence against Jews held responsible for the crucifixion. In 2004, Boys was an outspoken critic of the controversial portrayals in the Mel Gibson film, “The Passion of Christ,” calling the film “the religious equivalent of road rage.” She calls for solid biblical scholarship, clear principles for reinterpreting troubling texts, and incorporation of Christian spirituality to promote reconciliation.
She has published five other books: “Biblical Interpretation in Religious Education” (1980), “Educating in Faith: Maps and Visions” (1989), “Jewish-Christian Dialogue: One Woman’s Experience” (1997), “Has God Only One Blessing? Judaism as a Source of Christian Self-Understanding” (2000), and “Christians and Jews in Dialogue: Learning in the Presence of the Other” (2006), co-authored with Sara S. Lee. Her four edited books include “Ministry and Education in Conversation” (1981), “Education for Citizenship and Discipleship” (1989), “Seeing Judaism Anew: A Sacred Obligation of Christians” (2005) and the co-edited volume “Christ Jesus and the Jewish People Today” (2011).
The opening public event for the Holy Names 125th Anniversary filled St. Aloysius Church on Oct. 6, 2013 at the Feast of the Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Spokane Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich and Sister Catherine Ferguson, superior general of the Congregation, played central roles in the event.
“It is a privilege to be part of this concluding event, to honor the good work and leadership of the Sisters of Holy Names in our region, and to welcome this exceptional scholar to campus,” said Killen.