On October 13, 2012, CNWE members gathering in Sault Ste. Marie, ON enjoyed an afternoon discovering, through archaeological finds, the role of women in the early Christian church. Dr. Dorothy Irvin, Ph.D, delighted a group of 30, including some from Elliot Lake, ON with her extensive knowledge, humour and scholarly presentation. She shared several of her interesting experiences. Through a slide presentation, she enlightened many with her factual and visual evidence of women’s faith and lived experience as Deacons, Priests and Bishops in the early Christian church.
Dorothy holds a Doctorate in Catholic theology, with specialization in the Bible, ancient near eastern studies, and archaeology. She is also a published author, and a lecturer. Dorothy had been an active field archaeologist for 18 years on the staff of an ongoing excavation in the country of Jordan. All this, and she is a mother and grandmother! We were honored and thrilled to have her here in Sault Ste. Marie.