Graduate Student in Systematic Theology
Marie is a PhD candidate in systematic theology. She holds a BA in Christian History and Theology from Hope College and an MA in Constructive Theology from Saint Louis University. In her dissertation, she draws from the writings of the medieval Christian mystics Gertrude of Helfta and Johannes Tauler to provide a constructive account of the centrality of the Eucharist in Christian deification.
In addition to Christian mysticism and the intersection of church, sacraments, and salvation, Marie is interested in all things ecumenical. She is a Wisconsin native raised in the Lutheran tradition, but she spent her college years immersed in the Dutch Reformed culture of Holland, MI. After that, she worked for a year with the Franciscans in central New York before heading to St. Louis to do her master’s degree among the Jesuits. Now, as a Roman Catholic, she enjoys plenty of hearty conversations with the Methodists at Perkins School of Theology, and she continues to investigate the ecumenical implications of her academic work.
When she is not in her carrel at Bridwell Library, Marie is most likely getting lost in a good book, biking around White Rock Lake, or backpacking in the wilderness. She is a lover of Jesus, coffee, chacos, and the Green Bay Packers.
Dr. Bruce D. Marshall
Reuniting the Fragmented Self: Gertrude of Helfta and Johannes Tauler on Deification and the Eucharist
“Grounded in Love and Free from Fear: What Augustine’s Approach to the Donatist Controversy Teaches Us about Doing Ecumenism Today.” Florovsky-Newman Week, Eighth Day Institute, Wichita, KS, June 4, 2021.
“‘If the Word is Spoken, All Things Are Possible:’ Martin Luther and the Creative and Re-Creative Power of God’s Word.” North American Luther Forum, St. Louis, MO, April 6, 2019.
“I am Baptized, I am Deified: Baptism as Theosis in Martin Luther’s Theology.” Florovsky-Newman Week, Eighth Day Institute, Wichita, KS, July 12, 2018.
“Worship for the Anxious: Existential Anxiety, Christian Liturgy, and Tillich’s Courage to Be.” Saint Louis University Graduate Student Association Research Symposium, St. Louis, MO, April 27, 2018.
“Forensic Favor, Effective Gift: The Finnish Luther in the Baptismal Theology of the Lutheran Church.” Saint Louis University Graduate Student Association Research Symposium, St. Louis, MO, March 31, 2017.
Service to the Profession:
Colloquy Chair, SMU Graduate Program in Religious Studies Student Organization, 2019-2021.