Sr. Mary Pellegrino, CSJ
From 2008-2018 Sr. Mary served as Congregational Moderator of her community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pa. From 2015-2018 Mary also served in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States. In both of those roles Sr. Mary worked to support, encourage and promote the ongoing renewal of religious life in the face of unprecedented challenges and changes in the church, American society and the global community. Her 2017 LCWR Presidential Address, titled “The Future Enters Us Long Before It Happens: Opening Space for an Emerging Narrative of Communion,” observes trends, transitions and transformations taking place in religious life across the globe and suggests an interpretation that inspires humility, honesty and hope in the service of deepening communion with God, with one another and with the world.
Prior to serving in congregational leadership, Mary served in parish and campus ministries, as well as vocation and formation ministries for her congregation. Over the years Mary has written and presented extensively on topics related to vocation/formation and religious life.
Richard Lennan, who is Professor of Systematic Theology in the STM and Professor Ordinarius, grew up in Newcastle, on the east coast of Australia, and has been a priest of the diocese of Maitland-Newcastle (Australia) since 1983. Richard has a degree in history from the University of Newcastle, a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the Catholic Institute of Sydney, a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford and a doctorate in theology from the University of Innsbruck in Austria, where his dissertation was on Karl Rahner’s ecclesiology. From 1992 to 2007, he taught Systematic Theology in the Catholic Institute of Sydney; from 2005–07 he was President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association. Richard taught at Weston Jesuit School of Theology (2007–08), before becoming part of the Boston College Theology and Ministry at its foundation in 2008; from 2010–13, he was chair of the STM’s Ecclesiastical Faculty. He currently directs of the STM's S.T.L. program, serves on the editorial board of Theological Studies, and chairs the steering committee of the "Karl Rahner Society." Richard has authored two books and edited five others.
Beyond theology, Richard’s interests are movies, politics, modern history, and trying to get fit (or less unfit) by running. On weekends, he assists with the liturgy in Sacred Heart parish in North Quincy, MA.