Christ the King Retreat Center
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Dr. Catherine Cory is an associate professor of New Testament at the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She received her M.A. from the St. John’s University in Collegeville and her Ph.D. in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity from the University of Notre Dame. Her areas of specialization are the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation. She has taught biblical studies at the graduate and undergraduate levels for many years, but her favorite venues are in parishes and adult education settings. In addition to more academic publications, Cathy has written for Bible Today, the “At Home with the Word” series and the “Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word” series.
The Gospel of John is unique among the New Testament gospels in both content and style. Its beautifully poetic prologue invites the reader to dig deeply into the significance of its characters and their symbolic meaning for the gospel and for our own lives. After a brief introduction to the literary features of John’s gospel, we will focus on its female characters to examine how the Johannine author’s portrayal of their lives, their discipleship, and their ministry might inform the ministry and spiritual growth of healthcare chaplains. Truly effective ministry comes from the heart. How might the women of John’s gospel orient our hearts toward a deeper understanding of our vocation of healing and effect the ways we encounter those in need of our care?
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