In 1995, Terry and I decided we needed to make some major changes in our professional lives, so we packed our bags and headed to Minnesota. After earning a master’s degree in theology at the University of St. Thomas in the year 2000, I decided to try my hand at the “lay contemplative” lifestyle, devoting myself to simpler living (along with my husband) and freelance writing.
Since then, I have focused my research and writing on spirituality, especially in the areas of Christian prayer, marital spirituality, and Eastern Christian (Orthodox) mystical spirituality. My articles and book reviews have appeared in Catholic Digest, Spiritual Life, American Benedictine Review, and over 30 diocesan newspapers. In 2002, my article on the work of the Holy Spirit in Christian marriage, “Nuptial Pentecost,” won the New Theology Review theological writing contest. In 2007, Liturgical Press published my first book, The Pearl of Great Price: Gospel Wisdom for Christian Marriage. (The French edition, La perle de grand prix, was released in 2008.)
In 2006, I completed a program in spiritual direction that focused on both traditional and contemporary methods of spiritual mentoring, various ways to pray, and interfaith spiritual direction. (For more information on spiritual direction, click here.)
When I’m not at my writer’s desk, I enjoy gardening, bird-watching, hiking, travel with Terry, visiting with friends and family, and watching British mysteries.