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Cecilia Ranger, Ph.D.

Cecilia Ranger

Department of Religious Studies


Ph.D., Biblical Studies and Theology, The Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary's Seminary and University
MA, Theology, Immaculate Heart University
BA, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Marylhurst College

Additional certifications in Theology and Spirituality from Holy Names College, Spokane; University of San Francisco; Marylhurst University

Classes Taught

Contemporary & Personal Theologies of Pastoral & Spiritual Care
Group Spiritual Direction
Personal & Communal Discernment: Uncovering Wisdom, Connections and the Sacred in Life's Experiences
Philosophy of Religion: Historical Dialogues Between Religion & Faith
Prayer & Spirituality of the Pastoral & Spiritual Care Provider
Sacred Literature: Comparative Studies
Spiritual Direction Circle for Caregivers
Spiritual Direction & Spiritual Counseling as an Art and a Science

Professional Activities

Spiritual Director
Workshop Facilitator in Theology, Scripture and Spiritual Life
Retreat Facilitator
Consultant for Religious Leadership Groups
Professor, San Francisco Theological Seminary (on request)

Founder & Director, Interfaith Spiritual Center, Portland (1998-2002)
Chair of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department, Marylhurst University (1992-2001)
Provincial Superior and CEO, Sisters of the Holy Names, Oregon Province (1986-1992)
Professor, Spiritual Director, Adviser and Chair of Seminary Faculty, Mt. Angel Seminary (1983-1986)
Professor, Spiritual Director and Advisor, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland (1978-1983)
Director, Christian Spirituality Center, Marylhurst, Oregon (1974-1978)
Local Superior and Director of Formation Programs, Sisters of the Holy Names, Marylhurst, Oregon, and Spokane, Washington (1968-1974)

Professional Associations

Marylhurst University Board of Trustees
Mary's Woods Retirement Center Board of Directors
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce
Spiritual Directors International


Princeton University
National Association of Treasurers of Religious Institutes
Newman Center, University of Oregon
Episcopal Convention (1998)
Feminist Theology and Ecological Concerns, Oregon State University
World of Ideas Conference, Marylhurst University (1995)


Louise Hunderup Religious Education Award for the Promotion of Interfaith Dialogue, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (2002)
Excellence in Teaching Award, Marylhurst University (2001)
Distinguished Alumni Award, Marylhurst University (2001)
Outstanding Citizen of Lake Oswego, Oregon (1996)
Outstanding Professor, Mt. Angel Seminary


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Students, Alumni, Faculty Present at PNW-AAR/SBL Meeting

Students, alumni and faculty from the interdisciplinary and religious studies programs presented at the annual meeting for the Pacific Northwest region's American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, held on the Marylhurst campus in March 2015.

Jan Elfers Takes the Helm at EMO

Jan Elfers, Master of Arts in Applied Theology alum, will take on the role of interim executive director at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon in June 2015.


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June 06, 2015

Graduate Religious Studies Thesis Presentations

Please join the M.Div. and MAAPT community in celebrating and acknowledging the academic achievements of these students.


June 11, 2015

Catholic Mass

We invite you to join the Marylhurst University community for the celebration of the Eucharist. Mass theme: Liturgy of the day. Gospel reading: M...


June 12, 2015

Labyrinth Group at Marylhurst - Monthly Meeting

You are invited to join members of Labyrinth Group at Marylhurst. Help with planning for the placement of a permanent labyrinth on the Marylhurst U...


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