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Alexa Suelzer

Sister Alexa Suelzer, S.P.
Born (1918-06-19) June 19, 1918 (age 96)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Nationality  United States
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.

Suelzer was part of a committee to look into the case of Michigan Sister 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.[3] Suelzer also participated in the Brookland Commission, an inquiry beginning in 1988 into the place of intellectual life among communities of women religious.[4]


  • 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)
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