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academic administrator , religion educator

William Cenkner, American religion educator, academic administrator. Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1958. Research grantee Chauncy Stillman Foundation, India, 1969, C. VanderLinde Foundation, India, 1979, Nanzan Institute Religion and Culture, Japan, 1983.


Cenkner, William was born on October 25, 1930 in Cleveland. Son of Joseph Paul and Sophia (Gladis) Cenkner.


Bachelor, Providence College, 1954. STB, Dominican Faculty, Washington, 1956. Licentiate of Sacred Theology, Dominican Faculty, Washington, 1959.

Doctor of Philosophy, Fordham University, 1969.


Lecturer, Aquinas College High School, Columbus, Ohio., 1959-1964;lecturer, St. Charles College, Columbus, 1962-1964;assistant professor religion, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1964-1965;assistant professor religion, Catholic U. American, Washington, 1969-1973;associate professor, Catholic U. American, Washington, 1973-1983;professor, Catholic U. American, Washington, since 1983;dean School Religious Studies, Catholic U. American, Washington, 1985-1993;Katharine M. Drexel professor religious studies, Catholic U. American, Washington, since 1998. Member Executive Committee American Conference on Religious Movements, Washington, since 1988.


  • Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1958.



Chairman Faiths in the World Committee, Washington, 1985-1993. Member American Academy Religion, Catholic Academy of Sciences in the United States, Association Asian Studies, American Oriental Society, College Theology Society (president 1978-1980), International Association History of Religions.


Joseph Paul Cenkner

Sophia (Gladis) Cenkner