Marquette’s annual Theotokos Lecture to be held Nov. 30

Nov. 23, 2021

Dr. Angela FranksMILWAUKEE — Dr. Angela Franks, professor of theology at St. John's Seminary in Boston, will deliver the 14th annual Theotokos Lecture, “Mary as the Exemplar of the Body’s Poverty.” Hosted by Marquette University’s Department of Theology, the lecture will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 3:30 p.m. in the Eisenberg Reading Room of Sensenbrenner Hall, 1103 W Wisconsin Ave.

Does Mariology have anything to contribute to our understanding of the body? Franks will argue that Mary's poverty—that she "let all God's glory through"—is exemplary for what the body contributes in the structure of the person.

No registration is required to attend.

In addition to her faculty role at St. John’s Seminary, Franks is also senior fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a life and dignity writing fellow for Church Life Journal (University of Notre Dame). Her areas of specialty include the theology of the body, the New Evangelization, the Trinity, Christology, and the thought of John Paul II and Hans Urs von Balthasar. She is currently focused on bringing key ideas in contemporary continental philosophy into conversation with the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The annual Theotokos Lecture is organized by Marquette's Department of Theology. The lecture is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and takes its name from an ancient honorific title given to her.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or