This course elaborates the contribution of women to the Medieval Chuch. Special emphasis will be given to the life and influence of women whose lives have affected the mystical and missionary vitality of the Church and the development of the Franciscan family. In addition to identifying primary and secondary sources for the study of women of specific periods, participants will develop an understanding of prominent and recurring issues affecting the lives of women in the Church. Exploring the historical women will serve as a starting point to examining issues affecting women in the Church today. Class methods will prepare students to develop further research.