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Dr. Judith A. Merkle, SNDdeN


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Dr. Judith A. Merkle is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur from Cincinnati. She holds a MA degree from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend and a MA and PhD in Theology from the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Merkle teaches in both ethics and theology and has a special interest in the relationship between church and culture. Dr. Merkle is a full professor in the Department of Religious Studies.


Beyond Our Lights and Shadows: Charism and Institution in the Church (London: Bloomsbury, 2016).

  • Being Faithful: Christian Commitment in Modern Society (London: Bloomsbury, 2010)
  • From the Heart of the Church: The Catholic Social Tradition. Liturgical Press, 2004.
  • A Different Touch: A Study of the Vows in Religious Life. Liturgical Press, 1998. (Italian edition, 1999) (Spanish edition, 2001.
  • Committed by Choice: Religious Life Today. Liturgical Press, 1992. (Spanish edition, 1999) (Italian edition, 2000).
  • �The World and Moral Theology� in Moral Theology for the 21st Century:
  • Festschrift in Honor of Kevin T. Kelly
  • "Searching for the Faith to do Justice in Modern Times,� in Catholic Social
  • Justice: Theological and Practical Explorations. Eds. Philomena Cullen,
  • Bernard Hoose and Gerard Mannion. (Continuum, 2007)
  • �Church, Culture and Social Carriers,� Papers from Expert Seminar on Catholic
  • Social Teaching. Website, Centre for Catholic Social Thought. Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
  • �Practicing Peace in New Places,� New Theology Review, November, 2006.
  • "From Catholic Social Teaching to Catholic Social Tradition" in Theology and the Social Sciences. Edited by Michael Barnes.
  • Proceedings of the College Theology Society. (New York: Orbis Books, 2001)
  • "Social Ethics in the New Millennium," in Ethical Dilemmas in the New Millennium
  • (1) Proceedings of the Theology Institute, Villanova University.
  • Vol. 32. Edited by Francis A. Eigo, O.S.A. Villanova Pennsylvania. Villanova University Press, 2000.
  • Sin in The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought, ed. Judith A. Dwyer. Liturgical Press, 1994, 883-888.