2021 PAVCSS Conference: Principal Presenter : Sr Ilia Delio OFM, Professor of Theology, Villanova University in Pennsylvania
Sr. Ilia is a Franciscan sister who currently holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. She holds a doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a doctorate in Historical Theology from Fordham University. She has written extensively in the area of Franciscan theology, with a particular emphasis on the theology of Bonaventure. She lectures nationally and internationally in Franciscan theology/spirituality with a particular focus on integrating Franciscan theology and contemporary questions and specializes in the area of science and religion, with interests in evolution, physics and neuroscience and the importance of these for theology. As Director of the Franciscan Center at the Union, she organizes the Franciscan lecture series and the annual Franciscan symposium. She is a member of the Commission for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition that is sponsored by the English Speaking Conference of Friars Minor. Sr Ilia is the author of seventeen books including Care for Creation (co-authored with Keith Warner and Pamela Woods) which won two Catholic Press Book Awards in 2009, first place for social concerns and second place in spirituality.