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Edward Shirley

Edward L. Shirley, Ph.D.

Edward L. Shirley is a professor of religious studies at St. Edward’s University, where he has taught for 23 years.  He has a doctorate in Theology from Fordham University, and specializes in Trinity, Christology, Mariology and Interreligious Dialogue. His witty and entertaining classes are known for the knowledge and information which he presents in a most entertaining format.  Professor Shirley possesses the theological mandatum from the Diocese of Austin. He has given classes and presentations for numerous dioceses, parishes and Church-affiliated groups across the country. He received his B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, his M.A. from St. Louis University, and his Ph.D. from Fordham University.

Dr. Shirley is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and is the past Secretary for the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies. He has been a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order since 1980, and as such has served in formation for local, regional and national fraternities. He currently serves as the chair of the Ecumenical/Interfaith Committee for the SFO. He is married and has one grown son.