Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with “the big questions.” So when it came to choosing what I wanted to do with my life, in typical young adult fashion, “making a difference” was high on my idealistic list. Studying theology became the obvious choice. And the rest is history.
After completing a Bachelors degree in Theology from Saint Catherine’s University, I went on to attain a Masters degree in Theology and an additional Masters Certificate in Spiritual Direction. In June of 2011, I opened my private spiritual direction practice, Riverbend Spiritual Care, in New Ulm, MN. I am delighted to again be back at Saint Catherine’s, this time as an adjunct professor in the theology department teaching Social Justice: A Christian Perspective, which goes hand in hand with my involvement at the mission in San Lucas Tolimon Guatemala.
I cannot imagine a better job. I feel so lucky to be entrusted with the spiritual lives of my clients, and am daily blessed by their sacred stories. While my training and personal spirituality are within the Catholic tradition, I count myself lucky for having grown up in a multi-denominational home where inclusivism was the norm. Later in my education at St Catherine’s, living in a pluralistic world was not just the norm, it was explored and praised! So I enthusiastically welcome people of all faith traditions or none at all. I am committed to providing people with a non-judgmental, compassionate environment to explore their personal spirituality and have a deep reverence for the dignity, equality, rights, and gifts of all persons. I believe in the inherent presence of God in each and every human being, whoever they are, and wherever they are spiritually.