Dr. Earl Kumfer


Email: ekumfer@sf.edu

Professional Education

  • 1972-82 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale IL, Ph.D. (Philosophy)
  • 1960-65 Catholic University of America, Washington DC, AB (Philosophy), MA (Philosophy), graduate programs (Theology, Religious Education)

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2010 Fellow, Midwest Center for Religion and Consciousness
  • 2008 Franciscan Spirit Award
  • 1996 Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award
  • 1960-63 Basselin Scholarship

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Catholic Philosophical Association
  • Midwest Religion and Science Society


  • Lonergan and Polanyi on Cognitive Meaning, 1982
  • Emanation and Creation in St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Commentary on the Liber de causis”, 1963


  • “John Duns Scotus, Architect of the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception” USF, Dec 8, 2013
  • “A Case Study Method for Resolving Ethical Dilemmas with Adolescent Learners” Loyola-Marymount, Los Angeles, Jun 12, 2013
  • “Two Metaphors of Faith and Reason” Andrews University, MI, Oct 20, 2012
  • “Emerging Spirit of Vatican II” USF, Sep 16, 2012
  • “Ethical Dilemmas and Elder Care” USF Workshop, Apr 20, 2012
  • “Nothing – Darksuckers and Non-Being”, USF, Feb 26, 2012


  • Bl John Duns Scotus
  • Franciscan Intellectual Tradition
  • Consciousness in Science and Religion
  • Interfaith and Ecumenical Dialogue

Community Service

  • 2001-present Ethics consultant, hospital ethics committees, Board of Health
  • 1995-2013 Boy Scouts of America: Asst Scoutmaster, OA Vigil, District Commissioner, NYLT, Woodbadge (4-bead)
  • 1995-1998 Volunteer Expert Judge, High School Speech Meets
  • 1992-2003 Sterling Sentinel Judge
  • 1992-1993 Christ Renews His Parish (Spiritual Director)
  • 1965-present Parish Eucharistic Minister, Lector