Fr. Roppolo Lecture will focus on Francis’ vision

Dominican Sister Barbara E. Reid, vice president and academic dean and professor of New Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, will deliver the annual Roppolo Lecture and workshop on “Realizing Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church” Oct. 20-21 at Schulte Hall on the campus of Notre Dame Seminary, 2929 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans.

The free workshop is sponsored by the Father Ignatius M. Roppolo Memorial Endowment Committee. Sister Barbara will speak Oct. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be light refreshments 30 minutes before each session. Free parking is available for the workshop.

Father Roppolo, who died in 2014, was a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans for 60 years. During his priesthood, he ministered at numerous churches, hospitals, schools, charities and religious programs. An endowment established in his name led to the lecture series.

Sister Barbara’s talk will be a biblical reflection “on Pope Francis’ vision for the church as a body that is called to embody mercy, create a culture of encounter, led by foot-washers.”

Sister Barbara is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a Ph.D. in biblical studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.,  a master’s in religious studies and a bachelor’s from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids.

Her most recent books are “Wisdom’s Feast: An Introduction to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures” (Eerdmans Press, 2016); “Abiding Word: Sunday Reflections for Year A, B, C” (three volumes, Liturgical Press, 2011-13); “Taking Up the Cross: New Testament Interpretations Through Latina and Feminist Eyes” (Fortress Press, 2007; Spanish translation, “Reconsiderar la Cruz,” Verbo Divino, 2009); “The Gospel According to Matthew,” New Collegeville Bible Commentary Series (Liturgical Press, 2005); “Parables for Preachers” (three volumes; Liturgical Press, 1999-2001); and “Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke” (Liturgical Press, 1996).

Sister Barbara is general editor of the 58-volume feminist commentary on the Bible, “Wisdom Commentary Series” (Liturgical Press). She is past president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (2014-15). She has led many study tours and retreats in the Holy Land.

The endowment committee consists of three executives: Holy Faith Sister Maura O’Donovan, Sister of Mount Carmel Beth Fitzpatrick and Tom Ryan. Committee members are Father Doug Brougher, Tom Costanza, Msgr. Doug Doussan, Matt Rousso, Karl Weber and School Sister of Notre Dame Sister Elizabeth Willems.

Pre-registration for the workshop is required at; 861-6281; or email

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