Sister Shannon Schrein Elected President of the College Theology Society
Sylvania Franciscan Sister Shannon Schrein was recently elected president of the College Theology Society (CTS), an international professional association of college and university professors. She will serve a two-year term beginning in June, 2017. Sister Shannon is the dean of the graduate school for Lourdes University, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, and is a professor of theological studies.
Sister Shannon has been a member of CTS since 1985 and has served as a board member and vice president. As president, she will help organize the annual convention, publish the quarterly journal and annual theology volume, and carry on a dialog with other theological societies and religious leaders to promote the ongoing study and teaching of theology and religion.
“What is most important to us is the impact we have on our students,” said Sister Shannon. “Because of the breadth and wealth of the members, interaction with my colleagues keeps me in touch with all the current theological issues. The fact that they think I would serve well as the leader of CTS makes me proud.”
The College Theology Society, with over 900 members in the United States, Canada and Europe, was founded in 1954 to provide resources for college and university professors to give students the best theological education possible. Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, the society is increasingly ecumenical in its membership and concerns.
Sister Shannon entered the Sisters of St. Francis from Regina Coeli Parish in Toledo in 1965. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Mary Manse College in Toledo in 1974, a master’s in theology from the University of Dayton in 1983, and a doctorate in religious studies and systematic theology from Marquette University in 1995. She was an instructor of religious studies at then Lourdes College in Sylvania from 1984 to 1990 and a professor of theology at Alverno College and Marquette University, both in Milwaukee, from 1991 to 1998. She then returned to Sylvania and has been affiliated with Lourdes University ever since.