Mary Kantor

Along with her academic background, Mary Kantor brings over twenty-five years of ministry experience in the Catholic Church.

Dr. Kantor came to Phillips Academy after completing her doctoral degree at Harvard Divinity School. Her field of study was Religion and Society, an interdisciplinary program involving religion and several other fields. Her areas of focus included contemporary Catholicism, public ritual, liturgical studies, religion and the arts, ethics, and religion and spirituality’s engagement with broader society and the world. While pursuing her doctorate, she also taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at Harvard and Boston College, receiving two Certificates of Distinction in Teaching. Prior to this, she completed both a Master of Religion and a Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School.

Along with her academic background, Dr. Kantor brings over twenty-five years of ministry experience in the Catholic Church, as well as in ecumenical and interfaith settings. Her work around the country has been in churches, schools, and universities, and she has been a consultant to archdiocesan and national offices and organizations. Her most recent work has been in the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis and the Archdiocese of Boston. She has a bachelor degree in music and theology and has worked as a music director, organist and pianist in many churches. Her professional ministry has been in liturgy and worship; liturgical music; religious education; interfaith and ecumenical work; community service; spirituality, faith formation, and sacramental preparation for young people and adults. In addition to serving as the Catholic chaplain, she is an adjunct faculty member in the Boston area, pursues further academic writing, and continues her work as a professional musician, writer/author, regular contributor to national and world religion news services, consultant and lecturer.

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