Sister Ilia Delio OSF
Title: Author of FRAN 207 - Franciscan Prayer
School: Arts & Letters
Ilia Delio is a member of the Franciscan Servants of the Holy Child Jesus. She holds a doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)- Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a doctorate in Historical Theology from Fordham University where she wrote her dissertation on Bonaventure’s Christ mysticism. She has written extensively in the area of Franciscan theology and spirituality, with a particular emphasis on the theology of Bonaventure. She is the author of Crucified Love, Simply Bonaventure and Franciscan Prayer, and has published over thirty-five articles in various journals. She lectures nationally in Franciscan theology/spirituality and gives both workshops and retreats in this area. 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 also actively engaged in the religion and science dialogue. She is a recipient of the Templeton Course Award in Science and Religion (2000) and has participated in Science and Religion workshops at Washington Theological Union as well as Oxford University, England and Palacky University in the Czech Republic. She has written and lectured in the area of science and religion on topics such as “God’s Action in a World of Chaos,” “Brain Science and Religious Experience,” and “Incarnation and Artificial Intelligence.” She currently serves on the board of directors of Metanexus, the Advisory board of AAAS-DoSER (Dialogue on Sciences Ethics and Religion) as well as on the editorial board of New Theology Review. She has taught at the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University and the Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury, England. She is currently associate professor and chair of Ecclesiastical History and director of the Franciscan Center at the Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Medieval Academy of America, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the American Teilhard Association, and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.