Parousia Clemens

PhD Candidate

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Church History, Liturgy, Monasticism, Female religious life

Working Dissertation


Ad faciendam monacham: liturgical rites of profession and consecration for medieval religious women


James Ginther


Originally from Maryland, Sister Maria Parousia Clemens entered the Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara, female branch of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word, in 2006. Coming as a missionary to Peterborough, Ontario in 2010, she completed her master's degree at Trent University, with a thesis on the philosophy of music of Hildegard of Bingen. She made her final profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on September 13, 2013.


MA, History, Trent University
Certificate of Religious Studies, San Bruno di Segni Centro di Alti Studi, Segni, Italy
Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies and Spanish, Eastern University, St. David’s, Pennsylvania