Mary-Paula Cancienne, RSM, Ph.D.

Mary-Paula Cancienne
Phone: 732-987-2334
Fax: 732-987-2010
Office Location:
A&S 133
Office Hours:
dependent on course schedule
Religious Studies/Theology Department
Vita(PDF): M. Cancienne Vita

Educational Background:

  • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
    Ph.D. - Systematic Theology, May 2009
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
    Master of Arts in Systematic Theology, December 2004
  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
    Master of Arts, June 1994
  • Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA
    Master of Arts, September 1989
    Clinical Psychology
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
    Master of Fine Arts, May 1978
  • Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, March 1976
  • Mercy Center Burlingame, CA – trained director and supervisor in the art of spiritual direction

Select Publications:

  • Sisters of Mercy of the Institute of the Americas
    "A Woman Acclaims, 'Behold'" – Reflection on Luke 1:26-38          
    2014 Advent blog series.
  • "Nurturing Aesthetic Sensibility, Religious Imagination, and the Use of Analogy in the Academic Life of Contemporary College Students."  In Handing on the Faith, Annual Volume for the College Theology Society, Maryknoll, Orbis. Spring 2014.
  • "Community as Sacrament."  In Mercy Now, in English and Spanish. Silver Spring, Maryland, Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. January 30, 2014.  Pages 33-37.  This article is part of the material for year two of a three year series called, Women of Mercy: Women of Hope.
  • "Mercy Identity / Mercy Service."  Institute Chapter Resource Document for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Chicago, Il. June 20-30, 2011.
  • "How Do We Engage Risks When It Involves the Environment," in The MAST Journal, vol. 20, 1, 2010.
  • "The Oil Spill: What We Will Remember," in Viva Mercy, Sept./Oct. 2010, 5-7.
  • "Root Metaphor and Rublev's Icon 'The Holy Trinity,'" in The MAST Journal, 2003, 13, 2-5.
  • "Creativity, the Heartbeat of the Spirit," in The MAST Journal, vol. 12, 1, 2002, 14-17.  
  • "Aesthetics in the Ecotheology of Sallie McFague: A Critique and a Proposal for a Theological Aesthetics of Nature," Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2009.  Dissertation.

Courses Taught:

  • Undergraduate:
    Christian Tradition
    Theological Ethics
    Theology of Creation
    Christian Spirituality
    Mercy Spirituality

  • Graduate:
    Theological Methods
    Theology of Pastoral Ministry
    Christian Spirituality Pastoral Applications

Research Area (current):

  • Mercy Spirituality amidst pluralism and contemporary social and environmental challenges
  • Ongoing Adult Christian Spiritual Formation in dialogue across traditions and secular culture
  • Theological aesthetics in terms of deep aesthetics
  • The writing of icons with a 21st century sensitivity, recognizing the power and challenge both to read and write images that speak to the depth, story and story-ing of the human journey

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