The Four Women Doctors: Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena, Therese of Lisieux, and Hildegard De Bingen

March 29, 2020 - April 1, 2020



March 29, 7:00 p.m.-April 1, 12:30 p.m., 2020


Until 1970, the Vatican had never recognized a woman as a Doctor of the Church. There are now four: Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Hildegard of Bingen. Despite living in different countries, centuries, and cultural contexts, these four women are boundless sources of wisdom and faith. During this class, we will explore the stories of these visionaries: the groundbreaking writings of Teresa of Àvila; the compassion of Catherine of Siena; the heartfeld “Little Way” of Thérèse of Lisieux; and finally, the expansive wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen.

This class is open to all regardless of their participation in the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program. If you are interested in learning more about the certificate program, please e-mail us for details  or visit the Spiritual Formation website.


Sister Kathleen Flood, OP, has been a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa for 35 years. She holds a D.Min. in Christian spirituality. Sr. Kathleen served as director of campus ministry at Edgewood College, Madison, Wis.; as pastoral staff at Loyola University, Chicago; and as chaplain at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. She is the co-founder of Stillpoint Inc., offering programs in spiritual direction and contemplative prayer, and ministered as the administrator there for 19 years before retiring in 2014. She has taught extensively with several Academy of Spiritual Formation classes through The Upper Room Ministries. Currently, Sr. Kathleen is doing research on Saint Catherine of Siena, OP, a 14th-century Dominican.


Please do your best to read the required books before your arrival. If you wish to be in the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program, you should prepare a one-page reflection paper for each required book; these will be collected the first evening of class. If you do not plan to seek the certificate but are taking the class for personal enrichment, the reflection papers are not required, but we strongly encourage you to read the texts to get as much as possible from the class time.


Mary T. Malone. Four Women Doctors of the Church: Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Àvila, Thérèse of Lisieux. Orbis Books, 2017.

Additional texts will be added soon.



$380/person. This fee includes most meals; lodging is the student’s responsibility.



Lodging is available on campus at the Seminary. To make reservations, e-mail [email protected] or call 412-362-5610. Rooms are private with linens and towels provided. Each room, located in Calian Hall, has air-conditioning, wifi, TV, desk, and table.


A general schedule for the class is available.


Directions to the Seminary. The campus map indicates free parking on campus behind the main buildings.


2.0 continuing education units are available upon request. To ask for a certificate, e-mail the Continuing Education Office.


If you have additional questions, e-mail [email protected] or call 412-924-1345.

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