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Margaret Eletta Guider, O.S.F.

Associate Professor of Missiology

Professora Ordinaria


In 1990, Sr. Guider joined the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in 2008, she became a member of the ecclesiastical faculty of the Clough School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. Working in the area of Systematic Theology, her teaching and research interests focus primarily on ecclesiology and missiology. Currently, she is working on a book length manuscript entitled With Hearts Broken Open: U.S. Franciscan Missionaries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa (1879-2019). She also serves as the Faculty Coordinator for Formação Continuada. Sr. Guider is the former president of the Association of Professors of Mission as well the American Society of Missiology. She has served as an advisor and consultant for numerous religious institutes and missionary societies as well as a trustee and board member for a variety of Catholic institutions and organizations. Sr. Guider is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate (Joliet, IL).

Selected Courses

  • The Church
  • Global Catholicism
  • Theology of Mission
  • Ecclesial Ministry
  • Mariology
  • The Franciscan Tradition
  • Consecrated Life
  • Theology, Education and Liberation

Selected Publications

  • “Mentoring for Missional Colleagueship and Friendship in the Lord.” Unlikely Friends: How God Uses Boundary-Crossing Friendships to Transform the World. Edited by David W. Scott, Daryl Ireland, Grace Y. May and Casely B. Essamuah.  Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2021. Pp. 190-206.  
  • “Prevenir contra o Abuso Sexual Intrafamiliar - "Isso não se faz em Israel" ( 2 Sam 13).” Teologia da Prevenção: Por Um Caminho de Humanização. Edited by Jose Antonio Trasferetti, Mario Marcelo Coelho, e Ronaldo Zacharias.  Editora Paulus: São Paulo, 2021. Pp. 255-276.
  • “The Glocalization of Theological Education: A Roman Catholic Perspective.” Locating U.S. Theological Education in a Global Context: Conversations with American Higher Education. Edited by Hendick R. Pieterse. Eugene Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2019. Pp.107-133.
  • The Grace of Medellin: History, Theology and Legacy: Reflections on the Significance of Medellin for the Church in the United States.  Edited by Margaret Eletta Guider,  O. Ernesto Valiente and Felix Palazzi.  Bogotá: Convivium, 2018. See also “The Grace of Medellin and the Transformation of US Missionaries.” Pp. 61-78.
  • “Lidando com o Dragão Devorador de Almas: Enfrentando o fenômeno do abuso sexual. In Formação: Desafios Morais. (pp. 259–281). Desafios Morais da Formação Presbiteral Hoje. Edited by Jose Antonio Trasferetti e Ronaldo Zacharias. São Paulo, Brasil: Paulus, 2018. Pp. 259-281.
  • “Spiritual Charisms in the World Church.”  Holy Spirit: Setting the World on Fire. Edited by Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda Madrid. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2017. Pp. 130-140
  • With Simona Giorgi and Jean Bartunek. “Certifying Holiness: A Study of the Vatican’s Visitation of U.S. Nuns as an Intra-Organizational Process of Cultural Re-Alignment.” Religion and Organization Theory, Research in the Sociology of Organizations Series. Edited by. Nelson Phillips, Michael Lounsbury and Paul Tracey. Emerald. 2013.
  • “From the Ends of the Earth: ‘International Minister’ or Missionary? Vocational Identity and the Changing Face of Mission in the United States of America – A Roman Catholic Perspective.” Antioch Agenda: Essays on the Restorative Church in Honor of Orlando Costas. Edited by Daniel Jeyaraj et al. New Delhi: ISPCK, 2007. Pp: 329-346. 
  • “Moral Imagination and the Missio Ad Gentes: Redressing the Counter-Witness of Racism.” Interrupting White Privilege: Catholic Theologians Break the Silence. Edited by Laurie M. Cassidy and Alex Mikulich. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2007. Pp.95-126. 
  • "Reinventing Life and Hope: Coming to Terms with Truth and Reconciliation- Brazilian Style." 
  • Reconciliation: Nations and Churches in Latin America. Edited by Iain S. Maclean. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2006. Pp.111-131. 

Select Appointments, Awards, & Grants

  • Research Grant, Academy of American Franciscan History, The History of U.S. Franciscan Missionaries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa (1879-2019)[Current]
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, Alvernia High School Alumnae Association, Chicago, IL  [2007]
  • Research Grant, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, The Life and Thought of Paulo Freire: Implications for Theological Education [1998] 
  • Summer Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, Theological Issues in the Philosophy of Childhood [1998] 
  • Daughters of Rahab (Fortress, 1995) selected for the CHOICE List of Outstanding Academic Books for 1996 [Association of College and Research Libraries: A Division of the American Library Association] 
  • Doctoral dissertation nominated and selected for publication in the Harvard Theological Studies Series [1993] 
  • Research Grant, Tinker Foundation for Latin American Studies, Field Research in Brazil [1990] 

Professional Activities

Past President, Assosiation of Professors of Mission,  Past President of the American Society of Missiology

Editorial Positions

American Society of Missiology, Dissertation Series