Sr. Marianne Farina, CSC
AAS, Art History, Rockland County Community College; BFA, Graphic Arts and Communication, Parsons School of Design/New School for Social Research University; MA, Pastoral Theology, Santa Clara University; PhD, Theological Ethics, Boston College.
Marianne Farina, CSC, PhD is a religious sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana. She is an assistant professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. Sister Marianne teaches courses that focus on subjects such as Social Ethics, Virtue, Sexual Ethics, Philosophical Ethics, Islamic Philosophy, Human Rights, Faith Formation, and Muslim-Christian Dialogue. She received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Santa Clara University and a PhD in Theological Ethics from Boston College. Sister Marianne worked for 11 years in Bangladesh as a teacher, pastoral assistant and school supervisor. While in Bangladesh she ministered with Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal families and communities. With more than 25 years of experience in education and pastoral ministry, Sister Marianne has worked in education and social development projects that promote social justice and interfaith dialogue. Over the last three years, she has traveled in Africa and Indonesia as a delegate and teacher covering topics such as "Religion and Democracy," "Methods for Cross-Cultural Understanding," "Interfaith Dialogue," and "Human Rights."
Sr. Marianne inspires students to engage in theological/philosophical study and discourse on the critical topics facing today's global communities. She guides them to find resources for further explorations and to develop the skills necessary to share knowledge with others. Her teaching style includes lectures and seminar discussion.
Sr. Marianne's current research focuses on the Church's social justice teaching, comparative religions, interfaith dialogue and philosophical studies in Islam. In these projects she brings Aquinas' virtue theory into dialogue with other religious and philosophical traditions. Her recent writings have covered topics such as: Virtue Theories of Thomas Aquinas and Hamid al-Ghazali; Challenges of Muslim-Christian Dialogue; Faith in Human Rights; Identity and Exclusion: Totalizing Texts in Interreligious Dialogue. Sister Marianne also offers a number of workshops for local communities that include teacher trainings for religious education; cross-cultural communication; methods of interfaith dialogue. As the coordinator of the Interfaith Coalition for Human Rights she organizes programs for human rights education and advocacy.
Sr. Marianne Farina is also a member of the Diocese of Oakland's Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs . She wrote and designed a program for parishes to learn about the world’s religions and the Church’s dialogue ministry. To learn more about the program, read Sr. Marianne's article in the Catholic Voice .
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