Povilus, Judith Marie

Judith Marie Povilus


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Judith Marie Povilus is currently Associate Director of the Focolare Movement’s Sophia Association for Cultural Studies in Rome and Provost and Assistant Professor of Logic and Foundations of Mathematics of its Sophia University Institute, which began in October 2008.

Born in Chicago (U.S.A.) in 1945, Povilus holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and a master’s in mathematics from the University of Illinois.  She taught mathematics at DePaul University in Chicago.

She is an expert in dialogue between Western and Asian cultures, with extensive experience and research in Japan, where she directed a center of the international Focolare Movement for several years.

In addition to several articles on the interface of mathematics and spirituality, she is a co-author of a scientific article on formal logic and the author of two books in theology: La presenza di Gesù tra i suoi nella teologia di oggi and Gesù in mezzo nel pensiero di Chiara Lubich (English edition: United in His Name:  Jesus in the midst in the experience and thought of Chiara Lubich).

She currently directs Mathzero, an international group of scholars conducting interdisciplinary research in formal logic.