Mary Shivanandan

Mary Shivanandan

Professor of Theology

B.A., M.A., Newnham College, Cambridge
S.T.L., S.T.D., Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Washington, D.C.


After many years of research and lecturing on marriage, family, and natural family planning, both nationally and internationally, Dr. Shivanandan obtained a licentiate and doctorate in theology, specializing in the theological anthropology of John Paul II. Her book, Crossing the Threshold of Love: A New Vision of Marriage in the Light of John Paul II's Anthropology (published by The Catholic University Press) compares and contrasts the vision of the Holy Father with contemporary thought concerning the nature of the human person and the meaning of the human body and of human sexuality. Her current research explores how erroneous views of the body and sexuality affect belief in the Incarnation, worship, and practice. Dr. Shivanandan has also taught theological anthropology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in India and Australia, and at the Franciscan Seminary in Singapore.

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