Sister Karen Elliott

Mercy College of Ohio
Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Representative of Sisters of the Precious Blood

Karen Elliott is a Sister of the Precious Blood of Dayton, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders from Wright State University in 1977. In 1980, she became a member of the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton. Sister Karen has ministered as a junior high teacher, director of religious education, a youth minister, and an athletic director. She has led numerous retreats and has taught a variety of adult education classes on the Scriptures throughout the United States, Canada, and most recently in India. Sister Karen has served as a faculty presenter on Sacred Scripture in the Lay Ministry Formation Program and a homiletics assessor for the Permanent Diaconate Program in the Diocese of Toledo. She earned a Master’s degree in Theology from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont in 1993 and a Doctor of Ministry degree with a concentration in Sacred Scripture from Barry University in Miami, Florida in 2004. Sister Karen is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Catholic Biblical Association of America. She is the author of the book, Women in Ministry and the Writings of Paul, published in 2010 by Anselm Academic. In a non-theological aspect of her life, Sister Karen was inducted into the Dayton Amateur Softball Commission’s Hall of Fame in September 2006 in recognition of her softball career. Currently, Sister Karen is the Chairperson and an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo.