F. Sadlier Dinger, grandson of William H. Sadlier, the former Sadlier Chairman of the Board, and father of the current Chairman of the Board, deeply loved the Church and demonstrated this with his unwavering personal and professional support of Catholic schools. The F. Sadlier Dinger Award has been not only a way to acknowledge the contributions of its recipients but an occasion to celebrate the collective wisdom of the catechetical community. For 41 years, the award was part of the Sadlier celebration at each year’s annual meeting of the NCCD and then NCCL. This year, with the emergence of new life as Word and Witness, the award takes place under different circumstances and yet with the same spirit of joy and gratitude. As such, it is fitting to present this year’s award to Sister Maureen Sullivan within the context of prayer.
Dr. Maureen Sullivan is a Dominican Sister of Hope from New York and Professor Emerita of Theology at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. She currently serves as a National Religion Consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc. She received her master of arts in Theology from Manhattan College in the Bronx and her PhD in Theology from Fordham University, also in the Bronx. While Sr. Maureen offers presentations on a number of theological topics, the Second Vatican Council, along with its impact on our Church, is at the center of her theological research. She has written two books on this topic: 101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II (2002) and The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in Theology (2007), both published by Paulist Press.
Sr. Maureen combines the wisdom of a scholar with the pastoral outreach of a minister in her workshops, keynotes, and presentations. Her many years of working with college students have helped her develop an approach to teaching solid theology in a simple and accessible way. Yet she is equally at home in the pastoral arena and brings an experienced touch to topics such as sacraments, evangelization, and spirituality. Sr. Maureen will help Catholics deepen their understanding of the faith and its practices, advance their knowledge of the sacraments and their effects in our lives, and become more aware of the positive impact of Vatican II on the Catholic Church today.
In Word and Witness would like to congratulate Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP, PHD on receiving the 2021 F. Sadlier Dinger Award! We are grateful to Sadlier Religion for continually recognizing and fostering those committed to the ministries of evangelization and catechesis.