Carmel Posa

Dr Carmel Posa sgs
BSc, PG Nitr (Flinders,SA), PDipEd (ACU) BTheol (Flinders,SA),
MA(Theol) ( Collegeville, Minnesota) PhD (Melbourne College of Divinity)

Adjunct Lecturer

Email: Carmel.Posa@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0138

Biography
Sister Carmel Posa is a member of the Good Samaritan Sisters. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Post-Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics from Flinders University of South Australia in 1979 and 1980 respectively and worked in Hospitals in Victoria and South Australia (1980-84). In 1985 she obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching. She has taught at Marymount College, SA (1989-93) and Lourdes Hill College, QLD (1997). Carmel completed her Bachelor of Theology from Flinders University in 1994 and then studied in the USA at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, where she completed a Master of Arts in Theology in 1996 majoring in Monastic Studies. completed her doctoral studies through the Melbourne College of Divinity (the present Melbourne University of Divinity) in 2009. The title of her thesis was: Neither more than a Christian nor more than a woman - "Nec plus quam christianae appeteremus esse: The theology and spirituality of the body in the writings of Heloise of the Paraclete.” Carmel has been a member of the Theology faculty at Notre Dame University, Australia since 1998 and was the Co-ordinator of the Core Curriculum on the Broome campus between 2002-2010. She is presently the Executive Director of the New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies.
Teaching Areas
History and Spirituality
Research Expertise and Supervision
Monastic History

 

Research and engagement

Book Chapters
  • "L'impegno di Eloisa con la Bibbia: un viaggio che continua" in Donne e Bibbia nel Medioevo: Secoli XII-XV – Tra Ricezione e Interpretazione, eds. Kari Elizabeth Børresen e Adriana Valerio, Trapani: Il Pozzo di Giacobbe, 2011, 133-152. (forthcoming in English: Brill, Leiden)
  • "Desire: The Language of Love in the Feminine in the Letters of Heloise", in Words of Love: Love of Words, ed. Albrecht Classen, Arizona: ACMS, 2008, 129-148.
Journal Articles and Proceedings
Book Reviews
  • "At Play in Creation: Merton's Awakening to the Feminine Divine", by Christopher Pramuk. Tjurunga:An Australasian Benedictine Review, No. 88, 2015, 26.*
  • Outreach and Renewal: A First-Millennium Legacy for the Third-Millennium Church, James McSherry: A Review, Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, No 83, November, 2012, 23-24.*
  • "One Baptism: Ecumenical Dimensions of the Doctrine of Baptism" by Susan K. Wood, Review in, Pacifica, 24, (3), 2011, 341-343.
Journal Articles
  • "The Name Sufficiently indicates the Scope:Good Samaritan Mission and the Benedictine Vows", forthcoming in, Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, April, 2014, 85-94.*
  • "Mobile and Monastic: Stable yet Ministerial: A Reflection on Benedict's Integrated Vision of Religious Life", Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, No 82, May, 2012, 85-94.*
  • "Problemata Heloissae: Heloise's Zeal for the Scriptures", Journal of Religious History, 35, Sept 2011, 337-351.*
  • "Discretio: Heloise of the Paraclete's embodied Reading of the Rule of Benedict" American Benedictine Review, 62(2), 2011, 161-187.*
  • "Divine Love in the Writings of Heloise of the Paraclete", Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, No. 73, November 2008, 77-90.*
  • "Specialiter: The Language of the Body and Bodies in the Letters of Heloise", Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History, Vol. 11 No. 1, Summer 2005, 3-25.*
  • "Desire: The Language of Love in the Feminine in the Letters of Heloise", Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, No. 69, November 2005, 57-67.*
  • "Mary and Zossima: Icons of Mutuality in the Spiritual Journey", Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, No. 57, November 1999, 5-21.*
  • "Keeping Vigil on the Edge: Three Models of Leadership in Monastic Women of the Middle Ages", Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, No. 62, May 2002.*
  • "A Monastic Response", New Norcia Studies, September 1999.
* Refereed Journals

E-Publications
  • "Hildegard of Bingen: A Woman for Women and Men of our Times" The Good Oil, November 2012
  • "The Timelessness of Benedictine Spirituality", The Good Oil, April 2012.
Conference Papers
  • "Heloise's Engagement with the Bible: A Continuing Journey", Colloquium Internazionale: Bonne e Bibbia nel Medioevo (secoli XII-XV), Naples, Italy, December, 2009.
  • "hujus autem discretionis beatus non immemor Benedictus: Descretio and an embodied Reading of the Rule of St Benedict in the Writings of Heloise of the Paraclete", at Reading Religious Change in Medievel and Early Modern Europe: The fifteenth Annual Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group Symposium, May 23rd, 2008.
  • "Discretio: Heloise of the Paraclete's embodied Reading of the Rule of Benedict", International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 2008.
  • "Reconciliation: The focus of a Catholic University", Christ and Culture, Indigenous Theology and Spirituality Conference, Noosaville, QLD, 9th-12th July, 2007.
  • "Heloise of the Paraclete: A Story of Divine Love", New Norcia Studies Day: Monastery and the World, 23rd June 2007.
  • "Tu mea presens Leticia, et est michi meror tui absencia: Absence and the Identity of Heloise", ANZAMEMS, Adelaide, February 2007
  • "Desire: The Language of Love in the Feminine in the Letters of Heloise", Words of Love: Love of Words, University of Arizona, April, 2005.
  • "Specialiter: The Language of the Body and Bodies in the Letters of Heloise", New Worlds: Old Worlds – ANZAMEMS, Auckland NZ, February, 2005.
  • "Mary and Zossima: Icons of Mutuality in the Spiritual Journey", Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church, Sydney, January 1999
  • "A Monastic Response", New Norcia Studies Day: Heritage and Development, 20th June, 1998.
Professional Affiliations
Executive Dean of The New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies
Community Engagement
Retreats, Talks and Workshops
  • "Women through the Christian Ages" Catherine McAuley Award Programme 17-18 July, 2015 A two day seminar
  • "Lectio Divina" Seminary Retreat Days A reflection day at New Norcia to the archdiocesan seminarians. 5 September, 2014
  • "Women through the Christian Ages" Mercy Care Scholarship Programme 18 – 20 July, 2013
  • "Grace and the Sacraments in the Year of Grace" Geraldton Diocese In-service 23 February 2013
  • "Community" Workshops, St John of God Health Care System, Scarborough Branch offices. 16 August and 4 October and 4 November. 2013
  • "Easter: The Hope of our Salvation", Bridget's Well, South Perth 16th May, 2012.
  • "Holy Saturday – A Day of Hope" New Norcia Triduum Talk, April 7th 2012.
  • "Conversations with Benedictine Women", New Norcia Retreat Week-End, February 11th – 13th, 2011.
  • "Community", St John of God Health Care System, Executive Retreat, May 19th-20th, 2011.
  • "Thoughts Matter", New Norcia Retreat Week-End, October 14th-16th, 2011.
  • "Thoughts Matter", New Norcia Retreat Week-End, August 20th-22nd, 2010.
  • "Model of Leadership in Monastic Women of the Middle Ages" Mater Christi College In-service day, September, 2001.
  • "Model of Leadership in Monastic Women of the Middle Ages" Good Samaritan Principal's Conference, Sydney, June 18th, 2001.
  • "Model of Leadership in Monastic Women of the Middle Ages" Benedictine Union of Australia and New Zealand, Annual Meeting, Sydney, June 16th, 2001.
  • "Julian Address", Julian Festival 2000, St Julian – Ballajura Anglican Church, W.A. 14th May, 2000.
  • "A Little Adventure with our Desert Mothers" –New Norcia Retreat Week-End, 27th-29th August, 1999.
  • "What it means to be human", Renaissance '99, Perth, 12th June, 1999.
  • "A Little Adventure with women mystics", New Norcia Retreat Weekend, 5-7th March, 1999
  • "Spirituality in Women's Identity", The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, September Seminar: Women, Choice, and the Twenty-first Century, 18th September 1998.
Other
Co-editor of Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review