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Presenters: Sr. Stephen Patrick Joly O.P., Ph.D. and Sr. Mary Elizabeth Merriam, O.P., Ph.D.
Total Watch Time: 2 hours | 10 videos | 10-11 min. each
Audience: Young Adult, High School 

In this video series, discussions on biology and theology present a Catholic understanding of creation and the validity of the theory of evolution.
“Authoring Existence: An Introduction to Thomistic Evolution” is a high school level resource with a Catholic approach to understanding creation and evolution in the light of faith. It seeks to integrate the truths of Divine Revelation and those of scientific discovery, using the philosophy and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. In this Openlight Media video series, produced in collaboration with, independent theology and biology tracks assist students and their educators in seeing a coherent view of reality.

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Sr. Stephen Patrick Joly, O.P.

Sister Stephen Patrick Joly, O.P. is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. She earned her Ph.D. in Cell and Microbial Biology from The Catholic University of America in 2018. Her dissertation was titled “Identification of SUP5: A Protein that Interfaces with the Deviant ATP-Binding Site of the Yeast Pdr5 Multidrug Transporter.” Sr. Stephen Patrick is a high school science teacher, most recently at St. Michael the Archangel High School, and has taught Honors and General Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, Physical Science, and Meteorology & Astronomy. She is a member of the Society of Catholic Scientists. 

Sr. Mary Elizabeth Merriam, O.P.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Merriam, O.P. is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. She received her teaching certification from Eastern Michigan University, her M.A. in theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. She taught high school physics and chemistry for over a decade, as well as teaching high school theology. Sister has participated in Notre Dame Science and Religion Seminars, is a member of the Thomistic Evolution team, and has a special interest in integrating faith and science. She enjoys spending time with her Sisters, cooking, doing art, and in spiritual reading and prayer.