Sr Mary Magdalene is a Dominican sister with the English Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena, (Stone, U.K.), based in Cambridge. She received a Master’s degree in theology from Ave Maria University in Florida, USA, in 2016, and an STL (Licentiate in Sacred Theology) in Thomistic Studies from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. in 2018, before entering with the Dominican sisters. She is currently a doctoral candidate with the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome.
Sr Magdalene is the author* of “On the Separated Soul according to St. Thomas Aquinas,” in Nova et Vetera English edition 17 (2019); “On the Fittingness of the Title ‘Mediatrix of All Graces’ as Applied to the Blessed Virgin Mary,” published in Ecce Mater Tua, a journal of the International Marian Association, (2018); “Grace as Participation according to St. Thomas Aquinas,” New Blackfriars 98 (2017); and “Elisha and the Shunammite: Woman of Hope and Mediatrix; A Narrative Analysis of 2 Kings 4:8-37,” Josephinum Journal of Theology 23 (2016).
Other publications include a 4-part series entitled, “The Word Made Flesh: A Thomistic Look at the Mystery of the Incarnation,” published in The Faith Companion bi-monthly magazine (Nov 2020 – June 2021), an English translation of Cornelio Fabro - Profilo Biografico, Cronologico, Tematico, by Sr. Rosa Goglia, forthcoming by IVE Press, and “Reflections on the Glorification of Jesus in the Gospel of John” (August, 2015) for the online journal, Homiletic & Pastoral Review. She was also author of The Catholic Corner, a weekly column with teachings on the Catholic faith and morals, published 2013-2015 in the Turtle Mountain Times, Belcourt ND, USA.
Sr Magdalene has given talks on the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas to various groups, and has recently joined Cephas as a theology workshop leader. During the time of lockdown, she also began teaching courses on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas online (Trinitarian theology, Christology, and the theological virtues), and has developed a website called Thomisticstudies.org, as well as a YouTube channel, Facebook, and Instagram pages. She believes that theological studies should be readily accessible to all and can help one develop a deeper union with God and strengthen one’s faith, especially when learning from the teachings of the Angelic Doctor.
* These articles and most other publications were published under Sr Magdalene’s lay name, Melissa Eitenmiller.