Jane Via earned her B.A. in Spanish language and literature from Purdue University (1969), her Ph.D. in Theology from Marquette University (New Testament Studies, 1976) and her J.D. from the University of San Diego (1982) while teaching in the Religious Studies Department at USD. Via subsequently left teaching and practiced law for 27 years. She was ordained a deacon in the Roman Catholic Womenpriest movement in 2004 on the Danube, a priest in 2006 off Swiss shores and a bishop in 2017.