Notre Dame, IN (September 6, 2019)–Theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst Dr. Pia de Solenni will deliver her talk, “Women in the Body of Christ” in the Pfeil Center’s McKenna Arena on Holy Cross College’s campus, Thursday, October 10 at 7pm.
Dr. de Solenni’s talk will explore various theological concepts and traditions regarding the role of women in the Catholic Church.
“We are so fortunate to have Dr. de Solenni here to our campus and community,” said senior vice president Michael Griffin, Ph.D. “She is a true leader in our Church, and we are proud to have her be part this important conversation here at the College.”
De Solenni’s research and work discusses issues relating to women’s health, life issues, new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications including America magazine, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online. She is also a consultant member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
She has appeared on MSNBC, FoxNews, CNN, andABCNews. Dr. de Solenni has been quoted in newspapers nationwide, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Associated Press.
“Dr. de Solenni’s message is particularly appropriate on college campuses as it is clear that young people are needed for the future leadership of the Church,” said dean of students Andrew Polaniecki. “She speaks with authentic genuineness and is compelling in her vision and understanding of women and their important role in the Church.”
De Solenni received her doctorate in sacred theology summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. Her dissertation was published in the university series Dissertationes. She is the recipient of the 2001 Award of the Pontifical Academies for her doctoral work, presented by John Paul II.
In addition to the doctorate, de Solenni has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts-Great Books from Thomas Aquinas College, California; a Sacred Theology Baccalaureate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome; and a Sacred Theology Licentiate from Holy Cross, Rome.
Most recently, De Solenni served as chancellor of the Diocese of Orange and theological advisor to the Most Reverend Bishop Kevin Vann.
She lives in San Diego, California.
The lecture, made possible through the generosity of Chantel and Nathan Durkes ’10, is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.