Mary Angela Shaughnessy, S.C.N., Is Appointed the First Center for Catholic Education Distinguished Fellow


srmary-shaughnessy-croppedMary Angela Shaughnessy, S.C.N., was named the first distinguished fellow of the LMU Center for Catholic Education in April. A Sister of Charity of Nazareth, she is a nationally recognized expert on the law as it affects Catholic schools and Church ministry. She serves as a consultant to numerous dioceses and is a highly sought after national speaker and the author of more than thirty texts.

“I am pleased to welcome Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy as the first fellow of the Center for Catholic Education,” said Shane P. Martin, dean and professor of the School of Education. “Her experience and expertise in Catholic school law will strengthen the center’s commitment to supporting and sustaining Catholic education in Los Angeles and nationally,”

As a center distinguished fellow, she visited LMU in June to collaborate with faculty and students in the SOE’s Catholic education programs. She will be serving on SOE doctoral candidate committees and will deliver a keynote address on Catholic school law this fall.

Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy has taught at all levels of Catholic education, from elementary through graduate school, and is currently general legal counsel at St. Catharine College in Kentucky and dean of their newly established Graduate School. She has held many administrative posts in higher education and early in her career served eight years as principal of a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and supervision from Boston College, a juris doctorate and master’s degree in English from the University of Louisville, and a master’s degree in educational administration and bachelor’s degree from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.