Francine Cardman, a School of Theology and Ministry scholar of early Church history who died earlier this year, will be posthumously recognized with the Ann O’Hara Graff Memorial Award at the Catholic Theological Society of America’s annual convention.

Francine Cardman

Francine Cardman

A respected and influential teacher and mentor, Cardman taught at STM and its predecessor, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, for 40 years. Her teaching and writings focused on early Christian ethics and spirituality, ministry, and leadership in the early Church, and questions of gender and justice in contemporary Church practice. Her work was grounded in a historical approach that placed theology and ministry in their social and cultural contexts.

STM Professor of Moral Theology Mary Jo Iozzio will accept the award on Cardman’s behalf at the June 9 ceremony. Three colleagues of Cardman who are past recipients of the Graff Award—M. Shawn Copeland, Mary Rose D’Angelo, and Nancy Pineda-Madrid—also will offer remarks.

The Ann O’Hara Graff Memorial Award is presented annually by the Women’s Consultation in Constructive Theology to a woman scholar of the Catholic Theological Society of America. The award recognizes women whose work embodies Graff’s own commitment to the integration of faith and scholarship, and to advocacy and support for women in the academy and the broadest sense of Church. It also acknowledges their contributions to the renewal of theology by their constructive work.


Kathleen Sullivan | University Communications | June 2022