Dr. Mary Healy

Professor of Sacred Scripture
STD, biblical theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 2000
STL, theology, International Academy of Theology, Gaming, Austria, 1998
MA, philosophy, Catholic University of America, 1991
MA, theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1988
BA, University of Notre Dame (magna cum laude), 1986
Bio / Information: 

Mary Healy is professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and an international speaker on topics related to Scripture, evangelization, healing, and the spiritual life. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. Her other books include Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II's Theology of the Body and Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World. Dr. Healy is chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in Rome. She serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue. In 2014 Pope Francis appointed her as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Academic Articles by Dr. Healy: 

“Forming Priests as Lifelong Students of the Word of God.” In The Priest and Theological Study: Toward a More Generous Definition of Reason. Edited by James Keating. Omaha, Neb.: Institute for Priestly Formation, 2015.

“Biblical Interpretation as a Prophetic Charism in the Church.” Nova et Vetera 13.1 (2015), 219-240.

Verbum Domini and the Renewal of Biblical Preaching.” In Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Theology. Edited by Scott Carl. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014.

“Baptême dans l’Esprit Saint, sacrements et vie ecclésiale contemporaine.” Istina 59.2-3 (2014), 297-311.

“Pourquoi faut-il étudier le baptême dans l’Esprit-Saint ?” Istina 59.2-3 (2014), 125-138.

“A Catholic Perspective on Healing.” One in Christ 47 (2013), 285-310.

“Biblical Orientations for the New Evangelization.” Co-authored with Peter Williamson. Josephinum Journal of Theology 19.1 (2012), 48-69. Also published as appendix to Ralph Martin, The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call. Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 2013.

“Friends of the Bridegroom: The Biblical Foundations of Priestly Celibacy.” In The Charism of Priestly Celibacy: Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Reflections, edited by John Cavadini. Notre Dame, Ind.: Ave Maria Press, 2012.

“Spiritual Interpretation in the Letter to the Hebrews.” Crux 48 (2012), 28-36.

“Aquinas’s Use of the Old Testament in his Commentary on Romans.” In Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas, edited by Michael Dauphinais and Matthew Levering. Washington: Catholic University Press, 2012.

“St. Paul, Ephesians 5 and Same-Sex Marriage.” In St. Paul, the Natural Law and Contemporary Legal Theory. Edited by Robert Fastiggi, Jane Adolphe and Michael Vacca. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012. Also published in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, May 2011.

“Christ’s Priesthood and Christian Priesthood in the Letter to the Hebrews.” Nova et Vetera 9.2 (2011), 395–410.

“The Hermeneutic of Jesus.” Communio 37.3 (2010), 477-95.

“Knowledge of the Mystery: A Study in Pauline Epistemology.” In The Bible and Epistemology: Biblical Soundings on the Knowledge of God, edited by Mary Healy and Robin Parry. Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 2007.

“Inspiration and Incarnation: The Christological Analogy and the Hermeneutics of Faith.” Letter & Spirit 2 (2006), 27-41.

“Behind, in Front of… or Through the Text? The Christological Analogy and the Lost Realm of Biblical Truth.” In ‘Behind’ the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation, edited by Craig Bartholomew, Murray Rae, Stephen Evans, and Mary Healy. Carlisle, UK: Paternoster / Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003.

Books Edited or Co-edited by Dr. Healy: 

Charisms and the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

'Behind' the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation

Out of Egypt: Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation

The Bible and Epistemology

Men and Women Are From Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Servant Books, 2005

Maybe you've heard of Pope John Paul II's theology of the body and wondered, vaguely, what it's all about. Maybe you've never heard of it until now and are asking, theology of the what? Maybe you're already familiar with the basics and are ready to incorporate this teaching on sex, love and marriage into your own life. 

Whatever your level of understanding, you're probably ready for some good news about sex in a culture littered with the bad news of divorce, adultery, sexually transmitted disease, heartache and loneliness. 

This guide is designed to help you appropriate the Pope's astonishing message: True, lasting love—that which humanity enjoyed in the beginning, before the Fall—is possible here and now. In nine straightforward lessons, Men and Women Are from Eden introduces the reader to the pope's warm, deeply biblical understanding of God's original plan for men and women, a plan that brings with it healing of mind in regard to sexuality and the body.

The Gospel of Mark (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture), Baker 2008

There is an increasing hunger among Catholics to study the Bible in depth and in a way that integrates Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life. In October 2008, a meeting of the world Synod of Bishops scheduled by Pope Benedict XVI will focus on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." Coinciding with that meeting is the launch of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (C.C.S.S.), a series that responds to the desire of Catholics to access the living Word of God. The Gospel of Mark is the first of seventeen volumes, which will cover the entire New Testament. Written by trusted Catholic biblical scholars, these commentaries interpret Scripture in the light of Catholic tradition. Accessibly written yet substantive, the C.C.S.S. fills a gap in the available literature by offering commentaries that cover more than brief study guides but are less daunting than scholarly commentaries.

Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World
Hebrews (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)
Scripture, Mercy and Homosexuality