Teresa of Avila on Prayer as the Heart of Discipleship
with Dr. Gillian T. W. Ahlgren, PhD
The inaugural event of the Margaret Brennan Institute was “Teresa of Avila on Prayer as the Heart of Discipleship” held at Marygrove College on Oct. 15, 2017.
Session 1 | “Unfolding Teresa of Avila’s Understanding of Prayer” with Dr. Gillian T. W. Ahlgren, PhD
with responses by Patricia Cooney Hathaway, PhD, and Justin Kelly, SJ, PhD
Session 2 | “Infusing Prayer in Critical Issues of our Time” with Dr. Gillian T. W. Ahlgren, PhD
with responses by Kathleen McAlpin, RSM, DMin, and Sarah Nash, MA
Conversation facilitated by Dr. Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM, STD
Dr. Sheehan guides a conversation between Ahlgren, the panelists, and conference attendees.
Dr. Gillian T. W. Ahlgren, PhD, is professor of theology at Xavier University. She holds a PhD in the History of Christianity and is a leading scholar of the Christian mystical tradition, internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Teresa of Avila. She has written six widely acclaimed books, including Enkindling Love: The Legacy of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross (Fortress); Entering Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle: A Reader’s Companion (Paulist); and Teresa of Avila and the Politics of Sanctity (Cornell University Press). She is the founding director of Xavier’s Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice and was a founding member of the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) Cincinnati Women’s Team, a group of spiritual directors who provide retreats and ongoing support for formerly homeless women in recovery from substance abuse.