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Michelle L. Gilgannon

Faculty - Religious Studies




(414) 410-4047


BH Bonaventure Hall 2039


Box 439


Michelle Gilgannon is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Coordinator of the University's Concurrent Enrollment Program which partners with area high schools to offer college courses to high achieving high school students. She received her B.A. in 1992 from Alverno College, where she majored in English, Secondary Education and Theatre. She received her M.A. in Religious Studies from Cardinal Stritch University in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in 2011. Her dissertation was on the liturgical theology of Aidan Kavanagh, OSB. She teaches numerous general systematics courses at Cardinal Stritch, including moral theology and ethics, comparative world religions, health care ethics, Catholic Social Teaching and introduction to Christian thought. Special areas of interest include World Religions, Christian anthropology, Trinitarian theology, Franciscan intellectual tradition and the intersection of contemporary issues and religious thought.


  • M.A., Cardinal Stritch University
  • Ph.D., Duquesne University


World Religions, Christian Morality, Catholic Social Teaching, Social Justice, Bioethics

Publications & Presentations

Publications “Theologians of Privilege, Preferential Option for the Poor and the Franciscan Value of Minority: Reflection on Praxis.” The Cord: Franciscan Connections-A Spiritual Review vol. 66 (Fall 2016): 11-14. Presentations WI Institute for Pea

Why Stritch?

"I love the vision of the Sisters of St. Francis. Founding an institution of higher education to send teachers into under-served populations was visionary. I love the legacy that the Sisters have left at the university and in the community. I find my own spiritual and intellectual growth to be nurtured by the Franciscan tradition. I had the opportunity to go on the Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy in 2000 and that experience changed my life. It fostered my drive to learn about my own faith tradition and become educated in theology. It ultimately led to my decision to pursue a doctorate in theology. I owe my current role at Stritch to the legacy of the Sisters of St. Francis."

- Michelle L. Gilgannon