Francine Cardman is Associate Professor of Historical theology and Church Historyat Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. She writes and lectures on early Christian ethics and spirituality, ministry and leadership in the early church, and questions of gender and justice in contemporary church practice. Whether addressing contemporary or ancient issues, what is common to her work is an historical approach that grounds theology, ethics, and ministry in their historical and social contexts. She has published a translation of Augustine’s homilies on the Sermon on the Mount as well as essays on Augustine, women’s ministries and ordination in early Christianity, structures of governance and accountability in the church past and present, the development of early Christian ethics, and Vatican II and ecumenism. She also edited and contributed to Partners in the Conversation The Role of Ecumenical Divinity Schools in Catholic Theological Education, a study conducted by the Catholic Task Force at Yale Divinity School, and was a co-investigator and contributor to a pilot study on A Profile of Spiritual Resilience in Persons Who Live Well with Lifelong Disabilities.
She has taught at Wesley Theological Seminary, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and Boston College. She is a past president of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, has served on the Eastern Orthodox/roman Catholic Consultation of the USCCB, and has been a board member and vice-president of NETWORK.