Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P.

Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel is a member of the St. Cecilia Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Nashville, Tennessee.  She received her Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. She has been active in her religious community's teaching apostolate for over fifteen years and has assisted with the theological formation of the newest members of her religious congregation.  In addition to contributing articles to a number of journals and magazines, including the Vatican newspaper (L'Osservatore Romano), The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, The Linacre Quarterly, and the Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, Sister has served as editor-in-chief of her Congregation's book, Praying as a Family (also available in Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic versions). With EWTN, she directed a television series of the same title.  She serves as the Director of the University of Dallas Studies in Catholic Faith & Culture Program.



S.T.D., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome
S.T.L., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome
S.T.B., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome
M.A., Theology, University of Dallas
B.A., English, University of Dallas 

Recent Courses

THE 2311 Western Theological Tradition
THE 5317 Recent and Contemporary Theology
THE 5333 Sources and Methods

Research Interests

Christological Councils of the 4th-8th Centuries, St. Maximus the Confessor

Selected Publications

"Medicine as a sacred vocation," Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, 31.1 (January 2018):  126-131.

"Suffering and the Narrative of Redemption,"  National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 17.3 (Autumn, 2017):  437-459

"The spiritual care of the woman physician: Insights from Edith Stein and the Catholic tradition,"  Linacre Quarterly 84.4 (November 2017):  380-392.

EWTN Television Series, Director:  Praying as a Family (Season 1, April 3 to July 17, 2017; Season II, September 3 to November 5, 2017). 

The Gift of Praying as a Family:  Giving God a Home in Your Home, Editor in Chief, Laudare, Benedicere, Predicare Publications, (forthcoming, April 2018) for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland. 

"Fostering Vocations in Your Family," (Created for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia 2015) LBP Publications, September 2015.

"A Reflection on the Epic in the Hebrew Scriptures:  From the Conquest of Idols to the Worship of the True God,"L'Osservatore Romano (English Edition, July 2015).

"The Words of the 'Our Father': A Precis of the Liturgy," L'Osservatore Romano (English Edition, August 2013).

The Rich Gift of Love (online theology course on Love, Life, Marriage & Family), November 2012; Newman Connection Roku Channel.

"The Anthropological and Phenomenological Approach to Catechesis in the New Catechism - The "I" Who Believes:  A Catechesis Addressed to the Human Person," L'Osservatore Romano (English Edition, July 2011).

"Made of Glass:  Miguel de Cervantes and the Cultivation of the Feminine Soul," Second Spring:  International Journal of Faith and Culture (Nine, 2007).

"All Things Coverge in Christ:  Teaching Children Using the Typology of the Fathers," The Sower International Catechetical Review (2007).


Conferences, Initiatives, and Presentations:

"Praying as a Family," Keynote Address, Atlanta Eucharistic Congress, June 17, 2017.

"Loving the Other Half,"  Keynote, Genuine Feminine Conference, Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, FL) January 14, 2017.

"The Gift of Being a Woman," Keynote, Women's Conference at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, (Dallas, TX, October 21, 2017.

"Orar en Familia" EWTN television interview on Nuestro Fe en Vivo, October 3, 2017.

Praying as a Family Speakers Team (January 2016 to Present): Trained and directed the coordination of a national speakers team comprised of nearly fifty Nashville Dominican Sisters who presented to parishes, schools, and other groups.

Helping Families to Pray Together, National Catholic Educators Association Convention & Expo, San Diego 2016.

Teaching Human Sexuality in a Time of Confusion: Guidelines and Wisdom from the Church, Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, General Assembly, Belleville, IL, 2013

The Beauty of the Feminine: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Ohio.  Presented "Masculinity & Femininity: Difference and Gift." 2013

The Church Teaches Forum: Vatican II - 50 Years and Forward - the New Evangelization and Vocations: Presented keynote: "Witnessing to the World That Nothing is More Important Than the Love of Christ."  Louisville, KY 2012.

"John Paul II's Theology of the Body." Catholic Medical Association, Nashville Chapter Convocation: St. Cecilia Academy, Nashville, TN 2010