Alexa Suelzer

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Sister Alexa Suelzer, S.P.
Born (1918-06-19) June 19, 1918 (age 96)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Education Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Marquette University, The Catholic University of America
Known for Old Testament criticism
Religion Christian
Denomination Catholic

Sister Alexa Suelzer, S.P., (born June 19, 1918), is an author, educator and theologian known for her Old Testament criticism. A Roman Catholic Religious Sister, she is a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.[1] One of her most cited works is her essay "Modern Old Testament Criticism" in The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. In addition to her writing, she taught for twenty years at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

She was born on June 19, 1918, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She entered the religious life on February 14, 1938, and became a fully professed Sister on August 15, 1946.[2] She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a master's degree in English at Marquette University, and a doctorate in Sacred Doctrine at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In 1956 she was selected to study at the Regina Mundi institute in Rome.[3]

Suelzer has led retreats and spoken on the subject of prayer and scriptures.[4][5][6] She was part of a committee to look into the case of Michigan Sisters of Mercy Agnes Mary Mansour, who controversially refused to resign her position as the state's Director of Social Services though the State provided abortion services.[7] Suelzer also participated in the Brookland Commission, an inquiry beginning in 1988 into the place of intellectual life among communities of women religious.[8]


  • The Utilization of the Theme of Salvation History in the Teaching of College Sacred Doctrine (1962)
  • The Pentateuch: A Study in Salvation History (1964)
  • "Modern Old Testament Criticism." In Brown, Raymond E., ed. The New Jerome Biblical Commentary (first publication 1968)
  • "Ecclesial relationships for religious: desires and limits" (in Reviews for Religious, Jul/Aug 1984)


  1. ^ "The new cosmology: a Providence perspective". HOPE Magazine (Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods). Fall 2009. pp. 7–11. 
  2. ^ "Eight Providence sisters celebrate longtime jubilees". The Criterion (Archdiocese of Indianapolis). March 6, 2009. Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ Abbott, Maureen (2013). New Lights from Old Truths: Living the Signs of the Times. ISBN 9780989739719. 
  4. ^ "Dr. James Cone joins speakers at St. Mary's". Terre Haute Tribune. 21 July 1970. pp. T4. Retrieved 6 November 2014 – via Find My Past. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "St. Mary's Will Host Workshops". Terre Haute Saturday Spectator. 14 July 1973. p. 8. Retrieved 6 November 2014 – via Find My Past. (subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Theology Unit to Open Study". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 15 May 1965. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Carey, Ann (1997). Sisters in crisis: the tragic unveiling of women's religious communities. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor. p. 214. ISBN 0-87973-655-0. 
  8. ^ "Inquiry into the place of intellectual life among communities of women religious". Resources for American Christianity. Retrieved November 5, 2009.