The Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Christian Theology

Ilia Delio

Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD

Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD, is a Franciscan Sister of Washington D.C. and holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University. A native of Newark, NJ, she earned doctorates in pharmacology from Rutgers University-School of Healthcare and Biomedical Sciences and in historical theology from Fordham University.

Dr. Delio is the recipient of a Templeton Course in Science and Religion award and the author of seventeen books, including The Unbearable Wholeness of Being which won the 2014 Silver Nautilus Award and a Catholic Press Association Book Award. Her other books include Care for Creation (Catholic Press Book Award 2010), The Emergent Christ (Catholic Press Book Award 2013) and Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology and Consciousness—nominated for the 2017 Grawemeyr award.

Her books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Portugeuse, Polish and German. In 2015 she became general editor of a new book series by Orbis Books called Catholicity in an Evolving Universe, of which there are currently ten books scheduled for publication. She lectures nationally and internationally on topics including evolution, artificial intelligence, consciousness, culture and religion.

About the Connelly Foundation

The Connelly Foundation seeks to foster learning and to improve the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia area.  The Foundation supports local non-profit organizations in the fields of education, health and human services, arts and culture and civic enterprise. Recognizing that the Foundation's past investments in education have yielded some of its most rewarding results, learning has become the cornerstone of its mission and a uniting umbrella covering all of its philanthropic interests. The Foundation also endeavors to improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia area by promoting a culture of opportunity and civility.