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Sister Mary Lea Schneider, OSF

Professor Emerita - Religious Studies




(414) 410-4598


DS Duns Scotus 114


Box 354


Sr. Mary Lea Schneider came to Stritch in 1991 as President (1991-2008) after having served as a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies at Michigan State University for 20 years. She is currently a professor emerita and an adjunct professor in the Stritch Department of Religious Studies. Her research and scholarship have focused on a number of religious studies fields. Currently her interests and research include religion and ecology, animals and religion, and the Franciscan tradition. She enjoys working with both undergraduate and graduate students.

Watch a March 2022 Spectrum News feature on Sister Mary Lea at this link


  • B.A., Marquette University
  • M.A., Marquette University
  • Ph.D., Marquette University


Education: B.A., Theology and Philosophy, Marquette University M.A., Theology, Marquette University PhD., Marquette University Expertise: Religion and Ecology Women and Religion Religion in American Culture World Religions Systematic Theology

Why Stritch?

"Stritch offers an opportunity to engage in active learning within a supportive community of scholars and practitioners. Students thrive in smaller classes and one on one engagement with caring faculty and staff. The Franciscan values of hospitality, compassion and respect for all is part of the school's DNA. It is evident in hallways, dorms, cafeterias and classrooms. Students are challenged to identify and pursue their dreams for the future and are supported in creating the paths toward their goals. Having spent 20 years at a major Big Ten university, I know the benefits of both types of institutions. Stritch's added benefit is the commitment to Franciscan values within the framework of a caring community--big enough to count and small enough to care."

- Sister Mary Lea Schneider, OSF