Madeleine Fredell, OP, is a theologian and secretary general of the Swedish Justice and Peace Commission. She has been working with feminist issues since the 1980s.
Madeleine lectures and writes on a freelance basis and is presently prioress of the Swedish Vicariate of Saint Dominic’s Roman Congregation. Professionally, she started as a foreign correspondent and then became teacher in Latin and French with a special interest in medieval liturgical texts. She is equally passionate about 20th century history and politics, always with a focus on women’s issues. She has had several international commitments for both Justice and Peace and her Congregation.
A religious vocation in the life of the Church is to be prophetic, or rather to live the eschaton already in the here and now. It is to point to the biblical ‘eschatological family’, to always be critical of power and the abuse of power, to live a kind of true democracy, to live inter-culturally and even inter-religiously. It is the continuous striving of descending from the throne of power and ascending the throne of wisdom.