Mount St. Joseph University will host the Elizabeth Seton Medal award ceremony, honoring award recipient Dr. Judith A. Merkle on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.
The St. Elizabeth Seton Medal is named in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, foundress of the Sisters of Charity, the congregation that established Mount St. Joseph University in 1920 and today continues to sponsor it. Recipients are selected for their contributions to an area of theology, including scripture, systematics, spirituality, ministry, and historical theology.
Dr. Merkle, SNDden, is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur from Cincinnati and holds a special interest in the relationship between church and culture. She is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Niagara University in New York.
Merkle has received several academic awards for her numerous publications, book reviews, and scholarly papers on Catholic teachings and the Church. She is presently a board member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), and has had previous membership in the International Association of Catholic Social Thought, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the College Theology Society.
“This award has been given for 19 years to a woman who has made exceptional contributions to the theological field, and Judith’s involvement and dedication to the field greatly represents what the Seton Medal stands for,” says Marge Kloos, SC, associate professor for religious and pastoral studies at the Mount.
Merkle holds a MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, and a MA and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, Canada.