Welcome to my website!
I was raised as a Catholic, but I spent twenty years of my adult life practicing Buddhism (including being ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun) before returning to Catholicism in 2001. Subsequent to my return, I trained as a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition and then received training in retreat house ministry and joined the adjunct ministerial staff of St. Ignatius Retreat House in New York (sadly, now closed). I have continued to offer individual spiritual direction as well as giving retreats and other programs of spiritual formation in parishes and for other groups since my 2007 move to the Twin Cities.
I started blogging at Creo en Dios! in 2008. In 2012 Oxford University Press published my first non-legal book, Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation, and I have been spending a lot of time giving talks and other programs related to the book. My next book (almost finished) is about my conversion from Catholicism to Buddhism and back to Catholicism. I’m also currently working on a book aimed at young adults.
I am Director of the Office for Spirituality at the University of St. Thomas and an adjunct instructor in Theology at St. Catherine’s University, teaching course for their Masters in Theology program. Academics love titles and I have a bunch of them: I am a Fellow of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership, a Fellow of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, an Affiliate Senior Fellow of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society, and a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (and I think I’m forgetting another one or two). I have a slew of legal publications and if you are interested in that aspect of my life, you can check out my St. Thomas faculty web page.
What else can I tell you about me? I have a husband (Dave) and a college-age daughter (Elena). I love hiking, poetry, and cooking. I play the accordion.
Perhaps most important is this: my deepest desire is to fall each day ever more deeply in love with God, to live each moment out of the truth of my relationship with God, and to help others grow in their relationship with God.