From a young age, women absorb unrealistic cultural expectations of beauty. The messages of popular culture create constant pressures and insecurities when a woman feels she does not measure up to worldly standards of beauty. How does our Catholic faith offer women a different perspective on feminine beauty that invites us to craft out of our life a masterpiece for God? Join Catholic educator and author, Dr. Jem Sullivan, as she leads us through classic works of sacred art to discover a faith filled perspective on beauty, its origin in God, and the invitation to live the beauty of faith as artists seeking to make an impact on the Church and the world.
Dr. Jem Sullivan is a wife and mother, educator and author, who holds a doctorate from The Catholic University of America. As a long time educator, Jem has served the Church’s educational mission at the elementary, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. At present, Dr. Sullivan serves as professor of Catechetics in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America.
Jem is the author of four books from Our Sunday Visitor and she writes for a variety of Catholic publications on faith and culture, including art essays in Magnificat and a syndicated Scripture column for Catholic News Service. She is a featured guest commentator on the USCCB’s daily Scripture reflections.
Jem has served as host of two documentaries on the arts in evangelization and is the host of a podcast “Echoing Faith Today,” dedicated to conversations around contemporary catechetical issues. In the past, she served as a volunteer docent at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., leading tours of the museum’s masterpiece collections.