Susan Bigelow Reynolds

Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies
Susan Bigelow Reynolds
Phone: 404.727.6322
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    • PhD, Boston College, 2018
    • MTS, Boston College, 2013
    • MEd, University of Notre Dame, 2011
    • BA, University of Notre Dame, 2009

    Dr. Susan Bigelow Reynolds’ work examines lived theology and liturgical practice in contexts of marginality, suffering, and difference. Her current book project, Becoming Borderlands: Ritual Practice and Solidarity in Shared Parishes, analyzes the role of liturgical ritual in the cultivation of community in racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse Catholic parishes. The project is based on six years of ethnographic fieldwork work at a parish in Boston. She also writes and speaks extensively on the topic of theology and prenatal loss. Reynolds' other areas of research include practical theology, political/mystical theology, U.S. Latino/a and Latin American theologies, migration, and ecclesiology and ethnography. Her work has appeared in publications such as New Theology Review and Exchange, and in book chapters published by Oxford University Press and Orbis.

    Prior to theological studies, Reynolds taught middle school in Brownsville, Texas. She has more than a decade of experience in campus, parish, and liturgical music ministry.

    Selected Publications

      Chapters and Articles

      "Latino/a Christian Theologies." In The Oxford Handbook of Latino/a Christianities in the United States, Oxford University Press, (2019, forthcoming).

      "Crossing the Borders in Our Midst: Forging Liturgical Solidarity in Diverse Parishes," America (forthcoming).

      "The integration of Hispanic parishioners in U.S. Catholic parishes with Hispanic ministry: Results from a national survey." Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community (2018, forthcoming).

      "Cultivating Young Hispanic Catholic Leaders," in Our Catholic Children: Ministry with Hispanic Youth and Young Adults/Nuestros jovenes catolicos: Pastoral Juvenil Hispana en los Estados Unidos, Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2018.

      "The Challenge of Youth Ministry After the Sexual Abuse Crisis." C21 Resources, Fall 2018.

      "Catholic Liturgy and Prenatal Loss: Ritual, Ambiguity, and the Miscarrying Body." Liturgy + Power, Orbis, 2017.

      "From the Site of the Empty Tomb: Approaching the Hidden Grief of Pregnancy Loss." New Theology Review 28, no. 2 (2016).

      "'For there is still a vision:' Metz's Apocalyptic Eschatology and the Practice of Lament." Lumen et Vita 5 (2015).

      "'I AM has sent me to you:' How Thomas Aquinas' understanding of the divine names illuminates the way in which he reconciles impassibility and compassion in God," Lumen et Vita 3 (2013).

      Selected Awards

      Doctoral Fellowship, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, 2013-2017

      AmeriCorps Education Awards Program Educational Grant, 2011

      Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellowship, University of Notre Dame, 2009-2011

      Lou Holtz Leadership Full Scholarship Award, University of Notre Dame, 2008

      International Research Grant for research in Uganda, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2008

      Kellogg Institute for International Studies International Scholars Program, University of Notre Dame, 2006-2008

      National Catholic Reporter, "US gun 'idolatry' demands more prophetic church stand, some Catholics say" (June 11, 2019)

      The Atlantic, "‘Everybody Wants a Revolution, but Nobody Wants to Do the Dishes’ Critics of the 2,000-year-old Catholic Church should understand how institutional change actually takes place." (May 23, 2019)

      National Catholic Reporter, "Pope names Gregory, designer of US bishops' abuse procedures, as Washington archbishop" (April 4, 2019)

      90.5 WESA's The Confluence, "What's At Stake For Pennsylvanians As Bishops Gather In Rome To Discuss Global Sexual Assault Crisis" (February 21, 2019)

      PBS NewsHour, "Amid more revelations of Catholic Church abuse and cover-up, survivors galvanize" (December 26, 2018)

      National Catholic Reporter, "Theologians Face Challenges When Entering the Public Square" (September 29, 2018)

      Church Life Today on Redeemer Radio, discussing transformations in the U.S. Catholic Church (September 1, 2018)

      NPR’s All Things Considered: "One Congregation’s Question of Faith Following the Pennsylvania Clergy Report" (August 20, 2018)

      WBUR’s On Point: "Can the Catholic Church Survive Another Sex Abuse Scandal?" (August 21, 2018)

      The Atlantic"Catholics Are Desperate for Tangible Reforms on Clergy Sex Abuse" (August 22, 2018)

      America Magazine"What happened when a dad challenged his priest during Mass about the sex abuse crisis" (August 22, 2018)

      CNN: "For Catholic parents, choosing to raise kids in a church marred by sex abuse is ‘a painful thing" (August 27, 2018)

      WFAE Charlotte Talks (NPR): "Grappling with the Latest Allegations of Abuse in the Catholic Church"(August 30, 2018)

      Selected Courses

      Catholicism and Migration in América

      Methods of Social and Congregational Analysis