Sister Anita Holzmer, OSF

Assistant Professor; Director of the Franciscan Core Curriculum  


I have been a Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration (the order that sponsors the University of Saint Francis) for over 50 years. As an alumna of Saint Francis (back when it was Saint Francis College), I am happy to have served as a Saint Francis faculty member for 18 years, and as the Assistant Vice President for Mission Integration at Saint Francis for 10 years.  Prior to coming to Saint Francis in 2005, I taught in Catholic schools for 25 years in Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, and in Honduras, Central America.  Areas of community engagement include serving as the Spiritual Assistant to a Secular Franciscan fraternity, being a Sunday Mass cantor at a local parish, and being a regular platelet donor at the American Red Cross.

Credentials and Training

  • MSEd (University of Saint Francis) 
  • MA (St. Bonaventure University) 
  • Diploma in Spirituality (Pontifical University “Antonianum”) 

Scholarly Expertise

  • My scholarly expertise lies in the area of Franciscan Studies, particularly the writings of St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan spirituality.     


  • “Making the Most of the AFCU Student Pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome”. Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities Journal, 2007.


  • Regular presenter on the life of St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan theology for the Franciscan Leadership Enhancement Program (FLEP)
  • Adjunct formator for the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration: History and Rule of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Courses Taught

  • THEO 103 Old Testament
  • THEO 105 The Franciscan Tradition
  • THEO 115 Introduction to Catholic Theology
  • THEO 140 Introduction to Franciscan Spirituality
  • THEO THEO 389 St. Clare: Light and Life
  • THEO 390 St. Francis: Times and Charism
  • THEO 491 Pilgrimages