ABOUT ILIA DELIO
Ilia Delio, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Washington, DC and American theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, with interests in evolution, physics and neuroscience and the import of these for theology.
Ilia currently holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University, and is the author of seventeen books including Care for Creation (coauthored 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. Her book The Emergent Christ won a third place Catholic Press Book Award in 2011 for the area of Science and Religion. Her recent books include The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love (Orbis, 2013), which received the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award and a third place Catholic Press Association Award for Faith and Science.Read More
Ilia graduated with a B.S. in Biology from DeSales University and pursued a masters degree in Biology at Seton Hall University, followed by a doctorate in Pharmacology from Rutgers University–New Jersey Medical School. Her area of specialization was neurotoxicology, with an emphasis on neuromuscular disease and she wrote her dissertation on axonal dysfunction in an experimental model of Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) disease. She relinquished a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Alzheimer’s research to enter a Carmelite monastery. She later left the monastery and joined a Franciscan community. After entering the Franciscans, she returned to research and did a postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers University, Neurotoxicology Laboratories where she became a Research Fellow. Her work at Rutgers included experimental drug treatment for diabetic neuropathy and assessment of sensory nerve damage due to methyl mercury intoxication.
While in formation with her Franciscan community, she was asked to study theology and was sent to Fordham University. She obtained a masters degree in Theology and a doctorate in historical theology, studying under Professor Ewert Cousins.
Following graduation from Fordham she taught in Science and Religion at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. For the next twelve years, she was Professor and Chair of Spirituality Studies at Washington Theological Union, where she taught courses in the History of Christianity, Franciscan theology, and Science and Religion. She then became a Senior Research Fellow at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University concentrating in Science and Religion. When Woodstock closed in June, 2013, she was hired by Georgetown University as Director of Catholic Studies and Visiting Professor.
NOTE: Ilia Delio will NOT be considering any new speaking events until at least Spring 2020, as she is focusing her efforts on researching and writing.
We will post her speaker request form here once she is ready to consider future events.
MOST RECENT BOOKS
How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs – Andrew B. Davis, Philip Clayton editors (2018)
Much can be gained from trailing the spiritual narratives of those who have traveled ahead of us, for the God they have found, we may never have considered. How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere captures for a general audience the spiritual shift away from popular notions of a God “up there” and “out there” and toward immanent and inclusive understandings of a God in our very midst. It’s built around the fascinating personal journeys of a close-knit group of prominent contributors including Ilia Delio, Cynthia Bourgeault, Deepak Chopra, Richard Rohr, Rupert Sheldrake, Matthew Fox, Keith Ward and others.
As these diverse spiritual memoirs testify, for many today, the spiritual journey has lead to the discovery of a divine reality that, it turns out, we already inhabit, one that encompasses us all. Sometimes called “panentheism,” this relational and participatory vision is allowing for a “return to God after God” and thus a continuation of the spiritual journey. This God is not found in some people and some places, but in everyone and everywhere. Watch a short video about this book HERE.
A Hunger for Wholeness: Soul, Space, and Transcendence – Ilia Delio (2018)
Jesuit scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a keen observer of nature, posited two types of energy in the universe: tangential energy/energy of attraction and radial energy/energy of transcendence in other words, love and consciousness, which correspond to the inner and outer dimensions of nature, respectively. Moreover, as theologian Ilia Delio points out, nature is never at rest; indeed, Nature [is] on a continuous trajectory of transcendence. The Big Bang universe is a story of space but it is also a story of consciousness and love. The author builds not only on the thought of Teilhard and others but also on the findings of quantum physics to deliver a thought-provoking, deeply insightful reflection on the relationship of God, humanity, and nature in an ever-evolving cosmos.
Personal Transformation and a New Creation: The Spiritual Revolution of Beatrice Bruteau – Ilia Delio, Editor (2016)
Top scholars examine the theories of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin through the lens of Beatrice Bruteau’s pioneering work on evolution and consciousness. Contributors include Cynthia Bourgeault, Ursula King, Barbara Fiand, Kerrie Hide, Gabrielle Stoner, Kathleen Duffy, John Shea, Carla De Sola, and Joshua Tysinger.
OTHER BOOKS BY ILIA DELIO
- Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness (Catholicity in an Evolving Universe Series) – Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 2015
- From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating an Unfinished Universe – Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2014
- Simply Bonaventure: An Introduction to His Life, Thought, and Writings – New City Press; 2nd Edition, 2013
- The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love – Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2013
- Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis – Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2011
- The Emergent Christ – Maryknoll, N.Y.:Orbis Books, 2011 (2nd printing). Catholic Press Association Book Award 2012, 3rd Place: Faith and Science
- Ten Evenings with God – MO: LigouriPress, 2008
- Christ in Evolution – Maryknoll, N.Y.:Orbis Books, 2008 (3rd printing). Translated into Italian and Polish
- Clare of Assisi: A Heart Full of Love – Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007
- The Humility of God: A Franciscan Perspective – Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2005
- Franciscan Prayer – Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2004
- A Franciscan View of Creation: Learning to Live in a Sacramental World – Heritage Series. Number 2. Edited by Joseph P. Chinnici. New York: The Franciscan Institute, 2003
- Crucified Love: Bonaventure’s Mysticism of the Crucified Christ – Quincy, IL: Franciscan Press, 1998
ILIA’S BOOKS WITH OTHER AUTHORS
- Humanity on the Threshold: Religious Essays on Transhumanism Washington (PDF version), D.C.: Catholic University Press, 2014 – Edited by John Haughey and Ilia Delio
- Oneing: The Perennial Tradition (2013) – Contributors Richard Rohr, Ilia Delio and others
- Franciscans and Liturgical Life: Let Us Praise, Adore and Give Thanks (2006) – With Ilia Delio and others
- Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth (2008) – With Ilia Delio and others – Book Award: 1st Place for Social Concerns, 2nd Place for Spirituality
- Franciscans and the Scriptures: Living in the Word of God:Washington Theological Union Symposium Papers, 2005 – With Ilia Delio and others
- Go Rebuild My House: Franciscans and the Church Today, 2004 – With Ilia Delio and others
- Franciscans and Creation: What Is Our Responsibility (Washington Theological Union Symposium Papers, 2003 – With Ilia Delio and others
- Franciscan Identity and Postmodern Culture: Washington Theological Union Symposium Papers, 2002 – With Ilia Delio and others
- Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, 2003 – With Ilia Delio and others
- Seeing Christianity as a Religion of Evolution & the Implications for Religious Life: An interview with theologian Ilia Delio, OSF
ILIA’S ARTICLES WITH THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER:
- A variety of NCR articles by Ilia Delio can be found HERE.
ILIA’S ARTICLES FOR THE GLOBAL SISTERS REPORT:
- Ilia is a regular contributor for the GSR. A full listing of her articles can be found HERE.
ILIA’S DVD TEACHING SERIES FOR PURCHASE
- EVOLUTION AND CHRISTOGENESIS – A series of six DVD lectures produced in collaboration with The Well Spirituality Center. This series includes the following titles plus corresponding PowerPoint slides:
- Evolution and Christogenesis: A New Paradigm
- The Living Universe: A Synthesis of Science and Spirituality
- Christ: The Soul of the Evolving Universe
- Cosmogenesis as Christogenesis: Birthing the Christ
- Technology and Noogenesis: Convergence of Consciousness
- The Living Church: Christifying Love for a New Humanity
EVOLUTION AND CHRISTOGENESIS, 6 DVD Set, available for purchase HERE.
A short preview from this video lecture series: