Edith Stein Guild Conference
The Edith Stein Guild presented a conference on December 3, 2016 to commemorate 125 years since the birth of St. Edith Stein also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. The four-hour conference, titled
St. Edith Stein: A Woman for our Time,
was held in the Catholic Center at New York University in Greenwich Village, New York City. A panel of speakers introduced a variety of topics from different perspectives on the life of Edith Stein. The research papers and their authors are presented on the following pages and focus on history, philosophy, theology, the Jewish perspective, and Marian spirituality. Biographies of the authors are listed below.
The Edith Stein Guild Presents a Conference:
“St. Edith Stein: A Woman for our Time”
Denise De Vito
Denise De Vito has her BA in Anthropology and the Classics and an MS in Science from Hunter College, NYC. She holds an MS Ed in Education Administration from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs and has completed post graduate studies at New York University. She was an educator with the New York City Department of Education and an adjunct instructor for the department’s Professional Studies Program where she has taught history through museum education studies to educators. She has been an adjunct professor of history at St. John’s University in New York and currently teaches a range of courses on the history and culture of women saints, women from the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and the ancient world for the St. Francis of Assisi Education Program in New York. As part of the course programs she also lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the depiction of these women and other topics in a variety of artistic mediums.
Sarah is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction. She is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Hofstra University (BA) and Pace University (MBA). She grew up on Long Island, under the influence of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville who first stirred her lifelong interest in the saints. She has published a number of celebrity biographies from Oprah to Jennifer Lopez but she considers the saints to be the biggest celebrities of all. Her most recent book is The Big Book of Women Saints, published by Harper Collins and available on Amazon in print and ebook formats. She is especially interested in saints like Edith Stein a saint who speaks to the so-called “modern” world.
Mary J. Gennuso holds doctorates in philosophy of religion and theology and in comparative literature and philosophy. She has been an assistant professor of philosophy in the CUNY colleges and has taught classes in philosophy and religion in adult education courses, in parishes, and has published in both fields. Recently, as a member of the faculty for the St. Francis of Assisi Education Program, she has taught courses on Women Doctors of the Church, Carmelite Saints and Mystics, St. Faustina and Divine Mercy, The Marian Apparitions, Icons, and has recently presented on Christian Art in Wartime.
Clara Sarrocco is a graduate of Fordham University and the secretary of the C.S. Lewis Society. Her doctoral dissertation was on “Phenomenological Influences in the Writings of C.S. Lewis.” She has taught courses on Lewis at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, NY and at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston, NY. Her articles and reviews have appeared in publications such as Touchstone, The Chesterton Review, New Oxford Review, The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, and CSI: The Bulletin of the New York C.S. Lewis Society. She is also the executive director of the Council on National Literatures and Griffin House Publications. She is also president of the Long Island Chapter of The University Faculty for Life.
Susan Thau is an educator with the New York City Department of Education, having taught ESL for over 20 years at the secondary school level. She has a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University and an MA in Slavic Linguistics from Yale University. She was raised a secular Jew with the minimum Reform Jewish religious education, but has always felt attracted to the Jewish and non-Jewish cultures of pre-war Russia and Eastern Europe. Her interest in St. Edith Stein stems from an enduring interest in other religions, cultures, and world views. Curiosity about the “other” is the most salient underlying stimulus for her curiosity about St. Edith. She is most interested in how she will be regarded by historians, not only in her role as a contributor to Catholic theology, but as a feminist, an educator, and an academic.