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Kenan B. Osborne, OFM, Dr. Theol., S.T.L., S.T.B.

Professor Emeritus
Graduate Theological Union and the Franciscan School of Theology

 Kenan B. Osborne, OFM portrait It is with a deep sense of loss yet also great hope, that we acknowledge the death of our dear Kenan on Good Friday 2019.

Kenan B. Osborne, OFM, had been Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the Franciscan School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA where he taught for over 30 years. He was most recently retired at Old Mission Santa Barbara where he continued his research, writing and occasional speaking engagements. A scholar and teacher of international repute, Dr. Osborne has authored over 21 books, dozens of articles, and has directed doctoral dissertations for students worldwide. He had been a frequent guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and the world, mostly recently in China and Korea.

He is the author of The Permanent Diaconate: It's History and Place in the Sacrament of Orders (2007), Christian Sacraments in a Postmodern World: A Theology for the Third Millennium (1999) and The Resurrection of Jesus: New Considerations for its Theological Interpretation (2004). He is considered an expert in Christology, the sacraments, the permanent diaconate, post-Vatican II theology, and contemporary and Chinese philosophy.

Fr. Osborne is the recipient of several awards for outstanding service to theological education and scholarship, including the Franciscan Institute Medal of Honor given by the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University, New York among others. He was a member of and has served on the board and as President of both the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR); and is the 2002 recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award for distinguished achievement in theology.

Kenan Osborne teachingFr. Osborne holds a Th.D. from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany (1967) and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America (1965), and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Old Mission Theological Seminary, Santa Barbara, California (1956). After receiving his B.A. in Philosophy from San Luis Rey College, California, Fr. Osborne joined the Franciscan Province of Saint Barbara where he served as Rector, President and Definitor. Born in Santa Barbara, California, Fr. Osborne was an ordained Roman Catholic priest of the Franciscan Order and spoke seven languages, including German, French and some Chinese.

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