Four women have been recognized by the Vatican as Doctors of the Church and thus form a part of the magisterium (authentic teaching) of the Roman Catholic Church. Here, theologian Mary T. Malone adeptly explores the stories of these visionaries, introducing us to the wisdom of the formidable Hildegard of Bingen; the all-encompassing compassion of Catherine of Siena; the groundbreaking writings of Teresa of Ávila; and finally, the heartfelt “Little Way” of the much-loved Thérèse of Lisieux.
This timely and engrossing work brings to life the trials and triumphs of these inspiring women, whose bravery and intellectual prowess opened the door for new discussions on the role of women in the Church.
Mary T. Malone taught for almost forty years at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto and in St Jerome’s University, the Catholic college of the University of Waterloo. She is the author of several books, including the three-volume history, Women & Christianity (Orbis). She lives in Ireland.