Faculty Experts - Sister Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD

Faculty Experts - Sister Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD

Sister Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD

Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • Integration of Science and Religion
  • Evolution and Culture
  • Catholicity
  • Culture and Religion
  • Artificial Intelligence and Becoming
  • Neuroscience


Science and religion are often thought of as mutually exclusive; however, with areas of expertise grounded in both spheres, Sr. Delio can explain how it is possible to find a new unity and synthesis in science and religion. She can address compelling topics like how technology has changed human consciousness; Spirit as a type of energy; the import of artificial intelligence on life as we know it; and the potential for achieving wholeness of being.


  • Ph.D. Fordham University
  • Ph.D. Rutgers University
  • M.A. Fordham University
  • M.S. Seton Hall University
  • B.S. DeSales University 

Selected Professional Experience

  • Director of Catholic Studies, Georgetown University
  • Visiting Professor, Georgetown University
  • Neuroethics Fellow, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown Medical School
  • Professor and Chair, Washington Theological Union, Department of Spirituality Studies

Selected Publications

  • Delio, Ilia, Personal Transformation and a New Creation: The Spiritual Revolution of Beatrice Bruteau. Orbis Books, (2016).
  • Delio, Ilia, Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology and Consciousness. Orbis Books, (2015).
  • Delio, Ilia, From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating an Unfinished Universe. Orbis Books, (2014).
  • Delio, Ilia, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love. Orbis Books, 2013 (2014 Catholic Press Book Award, 3rd Place, Science and Religion; 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award.

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