Dr. McKinnon holds a B.A. in Music Therapy and M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Emmanuel College, Boston, MA and M.A. in Theology with an Advanced Certificate in Liturgy from Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY. She has also completed a D.Min. in Religious Education and a PhD in Theological Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, IN.
Dr. McKinnon is Director of Religious Education at Immaculate Conception in Newburyport, MA and also teaches online courses for Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, LA and the University of Dayton--Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation, Dayton, OH.
She has over 30 years experience in parish ministry in particular catechetics, liturgy and youth ministry. She has worked in parishes in the dioceses of Birmingham, AL, Raleigh, NC, Richmond, VA, Archdiocese of Baltimore, MD and Archdiocese of Boston. She also served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of World Studies--Religious/Catholic Studies with Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA from 2006-2011.
Dr. McKinnon edited a college text: Human Expressions of Spirituality by Cognella a division of University Readers (2011). It is a collection of essays by scholars in the fields of history, theology and spirituality from the primal peoples to the world's great religious traditions including secular spirituality. Her academic interests include spirituality, women's studies and Catholic morality.
Dr. McKinnon is an Associate with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She also loves the mountains and the shore along with hiking and biking in God's creation.
Abstract: PRAYING WITH THE SCRIPTURES: A CATECHIST'S LECTIONARY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH, Graduate Theological Foundation Fellows Yearbook , Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, IN, 1999.
Margaret M. McKinnon, ed. Human Expressions of Spirituality. Cognella Academic Publishing, San Diego, CA. August 2010.
Organizations / Courses
Taught the following courses:
o Morality and Science (a course in Health Care Ethics)—Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013
o Introduction to Scripture—Fall 2011, Spring 2012
o Prophetic Women of Faith—Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2015
o Exploring Catholic Spiritual Traditions—Spring 2012
o Christian Spirituality—Summer 2015
o Catholic Moral Principles—Spring 2012
o Sacred Liturgy—Spring 2013, Spring 2014
o Theology and Health Care Ethics---Spring 2014, Fall 2015
o Ecclesiology—Summer 2014
o Theological Anthropology—Summer 2014
Member, National Conference of Catechetical Leaders, 1997-present.
Member, Spiritual Directors International, 2008-present.
Member, National Association of Lay Ministry 1997-present, Subcommittee member of the Publications Subcommittee 2011-present.