Chair and Professor of Religious Studies
Theology, Marquette University; B.A., M.A., Religious Studies, Mundelein
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.
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
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.
Quote – “Go on
steady and quiet.” Mary Frances Clarke
traveled – Ecuador, India, Ghana, Ireland and Rome.
Hobby – Hiking