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September 16, 2005 - The Second Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition is titled "The Passion of Women and the Passion of Christ." The lecture will be presented by Sister Barbara E. Reid, O.P., currently Visiting Dominican Scholar at the Aquinas Center of Emory University, Atlanta, and Professor of New Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, on Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. in the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1703 Robinson Road, S.E. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sister Reid is currently writing "The Passion of Women and the Passion of Christ." One portion of the work has been published in the journal Interpretation: "The Cross and Cycles of Violence." A description of the intent of the book is as follows: The story of the cross and resurrection stands at the core of Christian identity. How we tell that story powerfully shapes our understanding of ourselves in relation to God, self, others, and all of creation. Some theologies of the cross can feed cycles violence and victimization, especially toward women. Others have the potential to break these cycles and lead to a reconciled and transformed life. The book explores various theologies of the cross and resurrection and their New Testament foundations, examining them for paths toward liberative readings. The book incorporates perspectives from women in Latin America, Mexico, Bolivia, and Peru.

After receiving her bachelor and master degrees from Aquinas, Sister Reid earned her doctorate from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Four of Reid's books have by published by Liturgical Press: "Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke (1996); "Parables for Preachers" (3 vols. 1999, 2000, 2001); and one with St. Anthony Messenger Press: "A Retreat with Luke" (2000).