Director

Dr. Christine Caron Gebhardt (carongebhardt.1@nd.edu)

EDUCATION:

  • B.A. in Multi-Disciplinary Studies and Pre Medical Program, College of the Holy Cross - Worcester, MA
  • M.T.S. in Ethics and Pastoral Care & Counseling, Vanderbilt Divinity School - Nashville, TN
  • PhD in Theological Ethics with focus on Biomedical Ethics, Vanderbilt University Graduate Department of Religion - Nashville, TN
     

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Christine comes from a background of education and church ministry. While pursuing her studies at Vanderbilt, she served as the Director of Education and Formation at Christ the King Church for seven years. In addition she taught courses in the area of philosophy and theology with an interest in feminist and biomedical ethics at local universities as an adjunct. Christine served as an Ethics Fellow for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and St. Thomas Hospital where she provided education and ethical consultation regarding patient rights, death and dying, reproductive issues such as genetics and health care access.

While completing her dissertation on Catholic social teaching and the Human Genome Project, Christine served as a professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University in Washington State. She offered courses on Social Ethics, Catholic Social Teaching, Biomedical Ethics, Death and Dying, and Marriage & the Family. She returned to Nashville, TN to become the principal for Christ the King Catholic School for nine years. “If your vocation is to help form the hearts, minds and hands of God’s servants, then being a principal with little ones enables you to begin that formation when people are most open to God’s presence.” Christine is excited to be part of Notre Dame as the Director of the Gender Relations Center. “At the heart of moral formation is the notion of imago dei. Being part of the GRC offers me a chance to participate in the dialogue about living faith-filled relationships with God, self and others.”

When not working, Christine enjoys spending time with her husband Carl and their two children, Jacob who is seven and Rachael who is two. Their favorite activities are going to the zoo, gardening, exploring, especially new restaurants and places with water.

FAVORITE QUOTES:

What does the Lord require of you; only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God. ~Micah 6:8

The best way to find your self is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~Mahatma Ghandi