Sister Eileen Schuller, O.S.U., elected to the Royal Society of Canada

Monday, September 29, 2014

Siter Eileen SchullerSister Eileen Schuller, an Ursuline of the Chatham Union and a long-time advisor with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada. A professor in McMaster University’s Department of Religious Studies, Hamilton, she has served since 2001 as a CCCB delegate on the Canadian Christian Jewish Consultation. She has also served as a consultant for the CCCB National Liturgy Office, giving major support to the English Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments in the revision of the CCCB English-language Lectionaries. As a specialist in Biblical studies, Sister Schuller has been referred to as “Canada’s pre-eminent scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls”. Her election to the Royal Society of Canada comes only a few months after she was named as a Senator William McMaster Chair in Social Sciences at the University.

The Royal Society of Canada’s citation states that Sister Schuller is “one of only a handful of international researchers responsible for the Scrolls’ initial decipherment and publication. She has been instrumental in educating other scholars and the general public about the Scrolls and their significance.” She will be inducted to the academies of the Royal Society during the induction awards ceremony in November in Quebec City. Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada comprises the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada. Its mission is to “promote Canadian research and scholarly accomplishment in both of Canada’s official languages, to mentor young scholars and artists, to recognize academic and artistic excellence, and to advise governments, non-governmental organizations, and Canadians generally on matters of public interest.”