Dr. Mary Healy

Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture
Education: 
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 associate professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She is general editor, with Dr. Peter Williamson, of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, a series of commentaries that interpret Scripture from the heart of the Church, and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and The Letter to the Hebrews (2015). She is also author of Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II's Theology of the Body and co-editor of three books on biblical interpretation: 'Behind' the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation; Out of Egypt: Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation; and The Bible and Epistemology. She serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as a member of the International Pentecost-Catholic Dialogue. In 2014 she was appointed by Pope Francis to a five-year term on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Dr. Healy has previously taught at the Institute for Pastoral Theology at Ave Maria University and the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, and served for several years as coordinator of Mother of God Community, a lay Catholic community in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She currently serves as chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in Rome. She speaks at retreats and conferences nationally and internationally on topics related to Scripture, the theology of the body, and the spiritual life.

To purchase CDs or digital downloads of Dr. Healy’s presentations, visit MyCatholicFaith.org.

Theology of the Body: God’s Plan for Sex is Good News! - CD Theology of the Body: God’s Plan for Sex is Good News! - MP3 download

Acts and the New Evangelization: A Blueprint for the Church Today - CD Acts and the New Evangelization: A Blueprint for the Church Today - MP3 download

Bearers of the Good News: Women in Scripture Inspiring Women Today - CD Bearers of the Good News: Women in Scripture Inspiring Women Today - MP3 download

Publications: 
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.