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Sister Anne Carr, BVM (Anne David)

died: February 11, 2008

Sister Anne Carr, BVM, 73, died Feb. 11, 2008 in Chicago, Ill.   Sister Anne was professor emerita of theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School and College, where she taught modern theology, with special interests in Catholic thought and feminist theology, for 30 years. She was the first permanent woman appointment to the faculty, and the first member of a religious order. She earlier served on the faculties of Mundelein College, Chicago, and Indiana University, Bloomington. 

An internationally recognized theologian, Sister Anne authored three books: The Theological Method of Karl Rahner; A Search for Wisdom and Spirit: Thomas Merton’s Theology of Self; and Transforming Grace: Christian Tradition and Women’s Experience. The latter was a groundbreaking work in feminist theology, and has been translated into four languages.

She co-edited six additional books, wrote essays for other collections, and published numerous articles in scholarly journals such as Horizons, for which she was associate editor; The Journal of Religion, which she served as co-editor; several numbers of Concilium centered on women’s issues, and was a consulting editor for Theology and Philosophy and Listening.

Sister Anne was a visiting professor at Trinity College, Dublin; Boston College and the Harvard Divinity School.  She lectured widely on Rahner and Merton and, since the early 1970s, on aspects of feminist theology and women in the church.

She received an MA in Theology from Marquette University, and an MA and PhD in Christian Theology from the University of Chicago. She received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, Calif.; and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Loyola University, and an Honorary Doctor of Theology degree from Catholic Theological Union, both in Chicago. She was recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Ann O’Hara Graf Award from the Women’s Consultation in Theology of the CTSA.

Sister Anne was born Nov. 11, 1934 in Chicago to Frank and Dorothy Graber Carr. She graduated from Mundelein College and taught before entering the Sisters of Charity, BVM on Aug. 2, 1958. She professed first vows on Feb. 2, 1961 and final vows on July 16, 1966. 

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sisters, Jeanne Horan, Des Plaines, Ill. and Mary Patricia Zeiler, LaGrange Park, Ill.; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dubuque, Iowa), with whom she shared life for 49 years.










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