Gender theory in the public square needs the response of informed and evangelized Catholics. My own work in feminism and gender theory has led me to understand how deeply intricate the questions before us are.
I am convinced that we need an awareness of the cultural, ethnic, and social diversity of the universal Church in order to better understand human sexuality and gender identity.
Dr. Morel's excellent academic abilities, not to mention her research skills and her passion for this project, means that supporting her will advance the Church's work of evangelization.
- Dr. Pia de Solenni, SThD
At this moment in history, questions regarding the meaning of gender identity and sexual difference beg for an informed and careful response from the Church. This response will require the work of faithful and fearless theologians who are willing to listen carefully to the hard questions and draw on the resources of the Catholic Tradition to propose serious responses.
Dr. Jennifer E. Morel's proposed research project is exactly what we need in this regard. She's a scholar, a researcher, a writer and a woman of faith with tenacity, passion and a joy that bleeds through her work. The perfect voice for a Church called to proclaim the joy of the Gospel to all men and women.
As her friend and colleague, I can say with full confidence that supporting her work is supporting the new evangelization.
In January 2018, Jennifer Morel spoke to the priests of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City at our Spring Clergy Days on the topic of “Incarnate Love / Approaching Gender Theory, a Theology of Masculinity and Femininity.”
In her presentations, Jennifer described Man as the Bridegroom, Woman as the Bride, and how Sacred Scripture helps us understand their complementary roles, taking into account the particular gifts and talents of each man and woman. Our priests found her presentations informative as she offered insights that would be helpful in their ministry.
I hope Jennifer continues her exploration of these topics and encourage others to support her in her research.
- Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of Oklahoma City
- Dr. Tom Neal, Ph.D., Director of Intellectual Formation and Professor of Spiritual Theology at Notre Dame Seminary
Author of Neal Obstat Theological Opining
Dr. Jennifer Morel is a gift to the conversation between Church and culture today. She is an excellent speaker, a scholar of substance and strong conviction, and a woman of deep faith.
I admire her work on gender for so boldly and fearlessly entering into a complex conversation in which it seems easier today to form ideological camps than to engage in true dialogue.
She is truly unique in proposing a different, constructive and faithful path forward.
- Dr. Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Ph.D.
National speaker, Consultant and educator on theology and communication
In the midst of a culture struggling to understand the identity inherent to the human person, Dr. Morel is a light shining in the darkness. As her student, her research has proven to be invaluable in my own formation and in that of the students I teach each day.
The deepest longing of people today is to understand who they are before God. Dr. Miller's research will be a profound gift to the Church in formulating a response to the current cultural questions surrounding what it means to be male and female created in God's image.
-Jennifer Prather, St. Joseph's Academy, Baton Rouge, Professor of Theology
Dr. Jennifer Morel's classes have greatly prepared my classmates and me to minister to a world and generation that has lost sight of not only what it means to be a child of God, but also with what it means to be human.
Her research into understanding what it means to be a man and woman in light of Sacred Scripture and the Church's teaching will prove to be an invaluable tool in the New Evangelization for generations to come.
Any financial support or prayers offered for her work is an amazing investment in the future of the Church.
- Rev. Samuel Orsot, Diocese of Lake Charles