Sr. Marion C. Moeser, OSF

Professor Emerita of Sacred Scripture

Sr. Marion C. Moeser



Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
M.T.S. The Catholic Theological Union
M.A. Christ the King Seminary
M.S. University of Notre Dame
B.A. Daemen College

Additional Study

Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel  

Professional Memberships

Catholic Biblical Association of America, 1988 - present
Society of Biblical Literature, 1984 - present  


Principle Fields of Interest

Christianity and Judaism in the Ancient World, with concentrations on the Old and New Testament. Has studied and taught sessions on the Dead Sea Scrolls, early Church documents, and early Rabbinic Judaism's texts.

Has taught courses on Apocalyptic Literature including Daniel and the Book of Revelation; the Eucharist in the New Testament and Early Church; Biblical Spirituality; and Women in the Biblical Texts.

Additional interests include The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, particularly the use of Sacred Scripture in the early Franciscan documents, and women deacons of the early Church.

"In all my study I have always been concerned to discuss the theology presented in these areas/texts in the context of our modern life experiences - 'where the rubber hits the road.'"  

Honors and Awards

  • Catholic Seminary Alumni Association Award, 2018
  • Team Teaching Fellowship, The Center for Teaching and Learning, GTU
  • Lilly Foundation grant to develop and employ new instructional technological media and pedagogy, 2002
  • Novak Award for Study in Israel, University of Notre Dame, 1992
  • Full tuition scholarships, University of Notre Dame, 1987-96.
  • John A. O'Brien Fellowship, University of Notre Dame, 1987-88.
  • Outstanding Young Educator Award, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster, NY, 1976.
  • National Science Foundation Award Mathematics (tuition and stipend), University of Notre Dame, 1964-69 (summers).
  • National Catholic College Honor Society, Daemen College. 
  • New York State Regents Four-Year College Scholarship. 

Service Activities

  • Christ the King Seminary: Academic Subcommittee of the CKS Strategic Planning Committee—Project Manager ATS/MSA Reaccreditation Self-Study

  • Diocese of Buffalo: Lay Ministry Formation Program, presentations and retreat day; Permanent Deacon Training Program; presentations on Scripture to priests and laity; Ministry Advisory Council, Diocese of Buffalo, 1985-87; parish presentations.

  • Diocese of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada: Deacon Formation Program, Sacred Scripture
  • Archdiocese of Washington, DC:  parish presentations on Scripture and retreat days.

  • Washington Theological Union: pastoral and academic presentations on scripture.

  • Diocese of Oakland, CA:  School of Applied Theology, Berkeley: Sabbatical Program, "The Letters of Paul."; Permanent Deacon Formation Program

  • Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA: pastoral and academic presentations on Scripture.

  • Diocese of Stockton, CA:  Lay Ministry Formation Training Program; Permanent Deacon Formation Program

  • Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN:  Lay Ministry Formation Program

  • Diocese of Tulsa, OK: Catechetical Institute, 1987: General Session and workshops on Scripture

  • Sisters of Saint Francis of Williamsville/Syracuse, NY:  "Girl Talk: The Magnificat," opening presentation at First General Chapter of Sisters of St. Francis, Syracuse, NY, July 12, 2004; pastoral presentations and newsletter articles on scripture; chaired Coordinating Committee of General Chapter, Sisters of St. Francis, 1985-86

  • Franciscans in the United States:  Committee on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, Biblical Scholars Consultation, 2003 - present

Works Published


The Anecdote: Studies in Mark, the Classical World and the Rabbis. Journal of New Testament Supplement Series, edited by Stanley Porter. Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield, England, 2002


"Collins, Adela Yarbro." In The Encyclopedia of American Catholic Women. Edited by Michael Glazier. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming

"Overview of Dei Verbum: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation." In The Bible Documents: A Parish Resource, 50-57. Edited by David A. Lysik. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2001

"Obedience from the Heart which Springs from Faith: A Reflection on Obedience in the New Testament. In Focus: Newsletter for Women and Men Interested in Church Vocations. The Center for Church Vocations, Diocese of Buffalo, 7 (1995)

Newspaper Column

"Pondering With God's Word," Western New York Catholic, August 2017-present.


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