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Sister Roberta McKelvie OSF

Roberta McKelvie

Title: Author of Fran 206 - Clare of Assisi: Her Life and Writings
Department: ICFL


Roberta A. McKelvie, O.S.F., is a member of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, a Third Order Regular congregation whose Motherhouse is in Reading, Pennsylvania. She taught in secondary and collegiate education for many years. Roberta spent five years at St. Bonaventure University as Managing Editor of Publications at the Franciscan Institute, and as editor of The Cord, a Franciscan spiritual journal. Another part of her ministry at St. Bonaventure was Coordinator for the Poor Clare Enrichment Programs. Roberta was also a staff member for Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs and led groups for “The Assisi Experience” annually.

Roberta has had wide-ranging experience in her professional life. She was an adjunct assistant professor in the Theology Department at Fordham University, and also taught at Alvernia College in Reading, Pennsylvania. Roberta has a Ph.D. in historical theology from Fordham University, a M.A. in Franciscan Studies from the Franciscan Institute, and a M.A. in English from Villanova University. Roberta wrote Retrieving a Living Tradition: Angelina of Montegiove: Franciscan, Tertiary, Beguine, published by Franciscan Institute Publications in 1997; and co-authored with Helen Budzik, OSF, Guidelines For the Study of Clare of Assisi, published by the Franciscan Federation of the Third Order Regular in 1993. She has also published several articles in The Cord and participates in academic and pastoral symposia. Currently Roberta serves as Councilor on her congregational leadership team.

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