The History and Theology of
Marian Doctrine and Devotion


Rev. Dr Simon Wayte MGL
Semester 1, 2020
Tuesday 10.00am — 1.00pm
This unit will provide a systematic investigation of the scriptural and patristic origins of Marian doctrine and devotion in the Christian tradition. It will also trace the further development of this doctrine and devotion in the course of the Church’s history, in all the various ways which it manifests itself: art, literature, popular piety and doctrinal and liturgical expression. Special attention will be given to contemporary Church teaching and current issues in theology. A particular focus of the unit will be a careful examination of the meaning of the major Marian doctrines as they are presented in Catholic theology.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March



face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


second level
  • one 1,500-word seminar paper 40%
  • one 2,500-word essay 60%
third level
  • one 1,500-word seminar paper 40%
  • one 3,500-word essay 60%


  • Boss, Sarah J., ed. Mary: The Complete Resource. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Brown, Raymond E., Karl P. Donfried, Joseph A. Fitzmyer, and Joseph Reumann, eds. Mary in the New Testament: A Collaborative Assessment by Protestant and Roman Catholic Scholars. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1978.
  • Gambero, Luigi. Mary and the Fathers of the Church: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Patristic Thought. Translated by Thomas Buffer. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1999.
  • ———. Mary in the Middle Ages: The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Thought of Medieval Latin Theologians. Translated by Thomas Buffer. San Francisco: Ignatius, 2005.
  • Graef, Hilda and Thomas A. Thompson. Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion. Rev. ed. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Marie Press, 2009.
  • Haffner, Paul. The Mystery of Mary. Leominster: Gracewing, 2004.
  • John Paul II. Redemptoris Mater. Encyclical Letter. 1987.
  • Macquarrie, John. Mary for all Christians. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans, 1991.
  • Nichols, Aidan. There is No Rose: The Mariology of the Catholic Church. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015.
  • Paul VI. Marialis Cultus. Apostolic Exhortation. 1974.