Skip to main content
St Mary's University

New Beginnings: A Celebration Of Marian Scholarship

Date: Saturday 25th March 2023

Time: 10am to 6pm

Venue: St Mary's University, N Block Lecture Theatre

Book your place now

On the Feast of the Annunciation, we will formally celebrate the establishment of the Centre for Marian Studies (the CMS) at St Mary’s University, and the new location of the Marian library collection in the crypt of the university chapel.

It will also be the occasion on which the CMS will welcome its first Honorary Fellows: Professor Tina Beattie, Rev. Professor Andrew Louth and Rev. Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch.

They will share their expertise during this one-day conference, alongside Dr Chris Maunder and Dr Sarah Jane Boss, who founded the Centre for Marian Studies in 1995.

We hope as many people as possible will be able to join us for this in-person event but there will also be the opportunity to attend via Zoom.


10am – 6pm in the N Block Lecture Theatre

Dr Chris Maunder – ‘Mary of the visionaries: Wisdom from the mouths of the “uncultured”’

Rev. Professor Andrew Louth – 'Mary and the Church in Early Christian Theology'

Professor Tina Beattie – ‘Good for Food and Pleasing to the Eye: The Eucharistic and Redemptive Significance of Mary’s Breast in Medieval Art and Devotion’

Rev. Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch – ‘Mary amid the changing panorama of Christian views on sex and the family'

Dr Sarah Jane Boss – 'Mary as the Dawn: A Motif in the Thought of Ramon Llull (1232-1316)'


Book by 17th March 2023

The in-person rate includes coffee, tea and a sandwich lunch.


Full rate: £40

Reduced rate for members of the Centre for Marian Studies: £30

Rate for postgraduate students and attendees on reduced income: £10


Optional attendance via Zoom

Online Zoom link: £10


If you have any questions about this event, please send an email to:

Booking form

Upcoming events: stay updated

Want to be notified about upcoming events at St Mary's? Make sure to sign up to our event mailing list.

Sign up to mailing list

Media enquiries

For media enquiries, please contact:

St Mary's University logo

Press team

020 8240 8262