Mary J. Novak, J.D., M.A.P.S
Catholic Mobilizing Network, Chair, Board of Directors

Mary J. Novak serves in Washington, D.C. as the Associate Director for Ignatian Formation at Georgetown University’s Law Center and School of Continuing Studies where she also serves as Catholic Chaplain and Adjunct Professor of Law.  Mary studied and trained in theology, spirituality, and spiritual direction at Santa Clara University and the Washington Theological Union from which she earned a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies. Prior to coming to Georgetown University, Mary served as a spiritual director at the St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland.

A graduate of Santa Clara University Law School, Mary practiced for over a decade in the areas of California water, energy, environmental, and natural resources law, first at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and then at Ellison & Schneider. While at Orrick, she served on a team pursuing a capital appeal for a man on the largest death row in the United States. She was a member of the Clinical Law Faculty at Santa Clara University Law School and later served as the Director for Faculty Development in what is now the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University.

Another area of Mary’s study and practice is peacebuilding, having studied at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She focused her final project at the Washington Theological Union on Catholic Peacebuilding in the context of Kenya’s post-conflict reconciliation. She returned to the U.S. to serve the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in their conflict with the Vatican.

Mary is an Associate Member of the Congregation of St. Joseph.  The Catholic Mobilizing Network is a founding member of the Congregation of St. Joseph Network.



April 26, 2020

Third Sunday of Easter

Jesus’ initiative to heal and restore is absolutely central to his ministry in the Gospels. Jesus invites us to be recipients and agents of this same healing in the world.

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