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Sister Lorraine Caza, a Competent Theologian

The first woman in the world to hold the position of Dean of a faculty of theology of pontifical right.

Sister Lorraine Caza, Sister of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame and Doctor of Theology, has been Leader (Superior General) of her Congregation from 1996 to 2006. Prior to this, her career was that of professor at the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology of Ottawa, where she became the first woman in the world to hold the position of Dean of a faculty of theology of pontifical right.

Her doctoral thesis, on the cry of Christ on the cross, earned her the international Malipiero award and has been published under the title “Mon Dieu, pourquoi m’as-tu abandonné?” (My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?) Montreal-Paris, Bellarmin-Cerf, collection Recherches, nouvelle série, 1989, 546 p.

For more than 25 years, her reputation as a competent theologian and her ready availability have frequently led her to address, not only in Canada but in different parts of the world, a very varied audience: priests, bishops, religious men and women of both contemplative and active life, parish communities, pastoral agents, prisoners and prison personnel, and the general public through the media, etc. She has also published numerous articles and brochures and served as a resource person, notably at the Synod of Bishops on consecrated life in Rome in 1994, and at the Synodal assembly of the archdiocese of Montreal in 1998.

Sister Caza’s spirituality has as its principal source the mystery of Mary’s Visitation that inspired the entire life and work of Marguerite Bourgeoys, Foundress of her Congregation.


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