Honors Theses


William Trollinger


Religious Studies

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This research explores the Catholic Church's teaching on the priesthood of the laity and, specifically, how the lay priesthood of women, as wives and mothers, works in tandem with and complements the ordained priesthood. The concept of lay priesthood is rooted in our baptism - where we are invited into and given the power to participate in Jesus Christ's priesthood through our own prayers and sacrifices, our ministering to others, etc. In this study, the lives of five lay women from the 19th and 20th centuries, who are either canonized saints in the Church or who are on their way to canonization, are examined. This research seeks to demonstrate the connection between the tasks of the ministerial priesthood and the abilities of women in their lay priesthood – in their motherly mediation, prayer and offering sacrifices, and in their giving life physically and spiritually to the Church.

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