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Paulette Skiba

Chair and Professor of Religious Studies
Office: 106 MJH 
Mail Stop: 1718 
Phone: 8182 


Degrees earned:Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Marquette University; B.A., M.A., Religious Studies, Mundelein College

Professional experience:Dr. Paulette Skiba, B.V.M. holds a doctorate in Systematic Theology from Marquette University. She is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), the Society for Christian-Buddhist Studies, the College Theology Society (CTS), and the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Currently Skiba is co-convener of the Women’s Constructive Theology Seminar and serves on the steering committee of the Karl Rahner Society. Her recent writing and research has been on the future of religious life, Mary Frances Clarke and B.V.M. Spirituality, Karl Rahner, and faith and practice in Ghana and Ecuador. She has given workshops and retreats in parishes and retreat centers in the Dubuque area, Ecuador and Ghana. Before studying for her doctorate, she served at the Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador, and Holy Family Grade School in the inner city of Chicago. She has been a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for more than 25 years.

Teaching philosophy: At the heart of my teaching is a concern for the spiritual growth of each student whether they practice a religious tradition or not. To facilitate a process of personal exploration, I try to create a space in the classroom where students are free to grapple honestly with the central questions of meaning, purpose and God. This exploration is done in a dialog with contemporary and classic religious texts and with perspectives from around the globe.

Paulette’s impact on students: I am pleased when students tell me that even though they did not want to take the two required religion courses they were surprised how valuable they were.

Paulette’s favorite:

Quote – “Go on steady and quiet.” Mary Frances Clarke

Places traveled – Ecuador, India, Ghana, Ireland and Rome.

Hobby – Hiking and Gardening

Courses Taught

RELS 100 Foundations of the Spiritual Life

RELS 202 World Religions

RELS 216 Contemporary Catholic Faith

RELS 222 The Multicultural Faces of Jesus

RELS 404 History of Catholic-Christian Thought

Recent Publications & Presentations

"After Years of Crosses, the Crown: Reflections on Mary Frances Clarke and Early BVM Spirituality," Salt, vol. 40, 2 (Winter 2012), 6-7.

"Rahner’s Theology of Saying ‘Yes’ to God as a Resource for Apostolic Religious Life Today," Online Symposium on Religious Life, April 15, 2012.

"Rahner Consultation Report: All the Saints," Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America (vol. 66) 2011, 159-160.

There is a Balm in Gilead: Advent Reflections with African American Spirituals, Shalom Retreat House, December 5th, 2010, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Praying with Women in the Gospel of John. Day of reflection for BVM inquirers and associates, May 30, 2010, 1:00-5:00 PM, Quito, Ecuador and May 23, 2010, 1:00-5:00 PM, Guayaquil, Ecuador.


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