Joliet, Ill. – In anticipation of its 100th anniversary, the University of St. Francis (USF) has announced plans for its 2019 “Women in Church” lecture series as it welcomes Sister Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., on Wednesday, Sept. 25. at 7 p.m. Join USF as Sister Margaret addresses, “Women Religious and Their Contribution to Higher Education”. The lecture will take place in San Damiano Hall, which is located on the third floor of the Motherhouse (520 Plainfield Road in Joliet). RSVP by phone at 815-740-2622 or by email at

Sister Margaret Carney is well suited to address this timely topic for USF.  She was the 20th President of St. Bonaventure University, a position she held from 2004 until July 2016, and is the university’s first President Emeritus. 

Prior to her inauguration, Sr. Margaret served as the dean and director of the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure, which operates a center for scholarship in the field of Franciscan/medieval theology, history and philosophy and a school that educates leaders for the various branches of the Franciscan religious orders.  She holds master’s degrees from Duquesne University (theology) and St. Bonaventure University (Franciscan Studies) and her doctorate (theology) was awarded by the Franciscan university of Rome — the Pontifical University “Antonianum.”

Ever a “sister among sisters,” she will intersperse background of USF’s Sponsoring congregation and the contribution of the Joliet Franciscans to Higher Education.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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