Spiritual director….retreat director….law professor….wife….mother….accordion player….pray-er.
Lover of poetry, listening to my daughter sing, feeling the sun on my face, a long hike after the rain.
My deepest desire: To fall each day ever more deeply in love with God, to live each moment out of the truth of my relationship with God, to help others deepen their relationship with God.
The last resulted in our relocation from NY to Minneapolis in the summer of 2007. I had been teaching law at St. John’s University School of Law and doing spiritual direction and presenting retreats and other programs at St. Ignatius Retreat House, where I was a staff associate, and in my parish. The University of St. Thomas School of Law offered me the opportunity to move to the Twin Cities and spend part of my time being a “regular” law professor and part giving retreats and other programs of spiritual formation for the law school and affiliate communities. I served in that capacity until April 2016, when I assumed the role of Director of the University of St. Thomas’s Office for Spirituality, a position I left at the end of 2016. I now devote my full energies to providing spiritual direction, giving retreats, doing some adjunct teaching, giving talks in parishes, and so forth.
You can find all the “official” academic biographical stuff here.
My first non-legal book – Growing in Love and Wisdom: Buddhist Sources for Christian Prayer, was published at the end of 2012 by Oxford University Press. See the top sidebar on the right for links to order it as well as a link to information about book talks. My current writing project is a book about conversion, that talks about my conversion from Catholicism to Buddhism back to Catholicism.