With an advanced degree in English Literature, I taught in a Catholic high school for eight years. Seeking to be a better religion teacher I took a course in New Testament Theology and that course changed my intellectual and spiritual focus and the trajectory of my career. I received a Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University and taught for 30 plus years in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. My areas of specialization were New Testament theology, early Christian history and the place and accomplishments of women in Christian history. Among my professional publications, I would note Women at the Table: Three Medieval Theologians (Liturgical Press, 2004). More recently, I have published a childhood memoire entitled Once Upon a Different Time. I have served in various ministerial capacities—in the choir, as lector and teacher—in my Los Angeles parish since 1987. Sometime in the mid-eighties, my pastor asked that I extend my work as teacher in the RCIA and preach the homily at the Easter Vigil. I did so with great joy and gratitude for almost twenty years.
If we are to be humble after the pattern of Jesus, then, like Him, we must lay aside the garments that social status and worldly privilege dress us in and wash the feet of those who are like us, equal to us, made in the image and likeness of God.VIEW