Marquette University News Release

Mary’s role in Eastern and Western theology examined

November 5, 2008

Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, will present “Woman of Many Names: Mary in Eastern and Western Theology” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium, 1506 W. Wisconsin Ave. The event is free and open to the public.


As the Theotokos Lecturer, Daley will review and compare the main characteristics of Eastern and Western approaches to Mary’s role in the mystery of salvation and the effects these characteristics may have on how Christians conceive and celebrate her in the Church’s tradition.  


Daley is a historical theologian specializing in the study of the early Church, particularly the development of Christian doctrine from the fourth to the eighth centuries. He has prepared a critical edition of the works of the sixth-century Greek theologian Leontius of Byzantium, which is to appear in the series Corpus Christianorum, and has written a number of articles for scholarly journals on ancient Christology, Trinitarian theology, and eschatology. His most recent books are The Hope of the Early Church (1991), On The Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies (1997), and Gregory of Nazianzus (2006). Presently he is working on a commentary on the Book of Psalms drawn from Patristic exegetical sources, and a work on early approaches to understanding the person of Christ, entitled: God Visible: Patristic Christology Reconsidered. A past president of the North American Patristics Society, he is an editor of the scholarly journal Traditio and also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Early Christian Studies.


This is the inaugural Theotokos Lecture, organized by Marquette’s Department of Theology. The annual lecture is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and takes its name from an ancient honorific title given to her.


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