Augustine Institute Orange County

announces its inaugural graduate course on

Theology 752:
Women in the Body of Christ

January 19th – April 26th, 2016

taught by

Dr. Pia de Solenni

Associate Dean – Orange County

Course Description

As daughters of God the Father in the divine Son and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, all women are called to holiness. This universal vocation to the life of charity is expressed in countless ways, as may be seen in the lives of holy women in both the Old and the New Covenants. This course will examine a variety of sources–cultural, historical, theological, and Biblical–in order better to understand the role of women in the Church (the Body of Christ) and in culture and society at large. A guiding assumption of the course is that women are called to instill the nobility of the Gospel into a broad range of human activities, in accord with the complementarity they share with men. A particular concern of the course will be to examine motherhood (biological, adoptive, and spiritual) as a unique feminine role, which will entail a parallel reflection upon fatherhood and masculinity.

Course Instructor

Dr. Pia de Solenni
Associate Dean – Orange County


Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m.
January 19 – April 26.


Tower of Hope
3rd Floor Conference Room

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This course will not be filmed, so enrollment is limited to on-campus (Orange County) attendance.

Primary Course Instructor

Dr. Pia de Solenni, S.T.L., S.T.D.

Dr. Pia de Solenni is a theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst. She serves as the Associate Dean of the Augustine Institute – Orange County, located at Christ Cathedral. She is an expert in issues relating to women’s health, life issues, the new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online. Dr. de Solenni received her doctorate in sacred theology summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. Her dissertation was published in the university series Dissertationes. On November 8, 2001, she received the 2001 Award of the Pontifical Academies for her doctoral work. The award was presented by John Paul II.  See Full Profile

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