Alexandria Egler’s scholarly research primarily focuses on religious pilgrimage, and she has had the good fortune to have been able to present her research at a number of conferences over the past few years. She has a keen interest in Franciscan Studies, particularly Franciscan spirituality, an enthusiasm she enjoys sharing while leading pilgrimages to Assisi and Rome. Dr. Egler has been teaching as an adjunct professor in the Religious Studies Department at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York for over 17 years. Some of the courses she teaches include The Spirituality of St. Francis & St. Clare of Assisi and Pilgrimage: Sacred Movement & Sacred Space. During the summers she teaches an experiential undergraduate course on pilgrimage while walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain with her students. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York.
Dr. Egler serves as the Mission Officer at St. Francis College and her responsibilities consist of the integration of the Franciscan Charism on campus and across the curriculum, as well as the planning and implementation of the College’s annual St. Clare & St. Francis Week; a series of academic lectures and events honoring St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi and celebrating the Franciscan Tradition. Her other responsibilities at the College include serving as the Executive Assistant to the President and as the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
Education: Fordham University, Bronx, New York Ph.D., Religion & Religious Education, April 7, 2016, Dissertation: Pilgrimage: Sacred Movement of Revelation and Transformation. This work offers an understanding of pilgrimage as a revelatory and relational journey that engages both the inner and outer life of the pilgrim. Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania M.A. Religious Studies, May 1992; Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania B.A. Religious Studies, May 1984.
Dr. Egler has two daughters, Rebecca Grace and Julia Catherine.