Crispina and Her Sisters
Women and Authority in Early Christianity
Facilitator: Christine Schenk, CSJ
Crispina and Her Sisters explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women. It carefully situates the tomb art within the cultural context of customary Roman commemorations of the dead and provides an in-depth review of women’s history in the first four centuries of Christianity. From this, a fascinating picture emerges of women’s authority in the early church, a picture either not available or recognized, or sadly distorted in the written history.
Sister Chris Schenk has worked as a nurse midwife to low-income families, a community organizer, a writer, and the founding director of an international church reform organization, FutureChurch. Currently she writes an award-winning column “Simply Spirit” for the National Catholic Reporter and is working on a biography of Sr. Teresa Kane RSM.
This program is co-sponsored with St. Francis Xavier.