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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 20, 2003

(Mahwah) – Was Jesus married? Is there a historical basis for the question or is it heresy? Dr. Anthony Padovano, theologian and distinguished professor of literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey will present Was Jesus Married? Reflections on Jesus of Nazareth, Mary Magdalene, Marriage and Celibacy,” Tuesday, December 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the York Room of The Mansion. The public is invited to attend.

Padovano, who has lectured in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand will examine issues brought to light once again, this time in the best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, on the life of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

The author of 27 books including three award-winning plays and 150 articles, Padovano’s publications have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Padovano earned a degree in theology from Georgian University in Rome and holds a Ph.D. in literature from New York’s Fordham University as well as a master’s from St. Thomas International University in Rome.

Appointed Catholic pastor of an inclusive community where Catholics and Protestants worship together, Padovano has appeared in interviews and in profiles on major American and European networks and in print media. He is the former president of CORPUS, the National Association for a Married Priesthood.

The presentation is sponsored by Ramapo College’s History Club, the Women’s Center and those on campus who’ve read the bestseller The Da Vinci Code. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Debra Stark, 201.684.7221 or Mary Goldschmidt, 201.684.7462.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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