Adult Spiritual Renewal & Empowerment

The Institute for Adult Spiritual Renewal

at Loyola University Chicago, Lakeshore Campus

John Dominic Crossan is generally regarded as the leading historical Jesus scholar in the world. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Birth of Christianity, and Who Killed Jesus? He lives in Clermont, Florida. Born in Nenagh County in Tipperary, Ireland in 1934, he was educated in Ireland and the United States, received a Doctorate of Divinity from Maynooth College in Ireland in 1959, and did post-doctoral research at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome from 1959 to 1961 and at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem from 1965 to 1967. John Dominic was a member the Servites from 1950 to 1969 and was an ordained priest from 1957 to 1969. He joined DePaul University in Chicago in 1969 and remained there until 1995 where he was awarded an award as Outstanding Teacher. He is now Professor Emeritus in its Department of Religious Studies.

Jack Shea is a theologian and storyteller who lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based health care, contemporary spirituality, and the spirit at work movement. Formerly, he was a professor of systematic theology and the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, a research professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University of Chicago, and the Advocate Healthcare Senior Scholar in Residence at the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics. He has also taught at the University of Notre Dame and Boston College. He has published thirteen books of theology and spirituality and two books of poetry. His latest three books are Gospel Light: Jesus Stories for Spiritual Consciousness (Crossroad, 1997), Elijah at the Wedding Feast and Other Tales (Acta, 1999), and Spirituality and Health Care: Reaching Toward a Holistic Future (Park Ridge Center, 2000). He is presently at work on a four volume series that will provide literary/spiritual interpretations of the Sunday gospels. These interpretations - The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers - will be a resource for lectionary based preaching and teaching.

Robert Ludwig, PhD, is a theologian and educator, professor of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, where he formerly served as Director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies (2004-2012). His teaching at Loyola includes online classes. He is the author or editor of four books, including the award-winning Reconstructing Catholicism for a New Generation (1995), two books on Christian origins Christian Origins: An Exploration of the New Testament (1983) and Jesus and Faith (edited with Jeffrey Carlson (1994)], and Grace, Christ, and the Spirit (1984). His essay Daniel Berrigan's Theology: Retrieving the Prophetic and Proclaiming the Resurrection recently appeared in Faith, Resistance, and the Future: Daniel Berrigan's Challenge to Catholic Social Thought (2012). His expertise and teaching include the the faith of ancient Israel and the Hebrew Bible, Christian origins and the New Testament, the history of Christian doctrine and theology, and contemporary teaching on peace and nonviolence. He is a frequent public speaker.

Camilla Burns
, SNDdeN is a Professor at Trinity Washington University. Prior to that she taught at Liverpool Hope University. She was the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Notre Dame (2002-08) and previously taught Scripture and directed the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago.

Diarmuid O'Murchu, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, predominantly in London, UK. In that capacity he has worked as a couple's counsellor, in bereavement work, AIDS-HIV counselling, and, in more recent times, with homeless people and refugees. As a workshop leader and group facilitator he has worked in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, The Philippines, Thailand, India, Peru, and in several African countries, facilitating programmes on Adult Faith Development. His best known books include Quantum Theology (1996 - revised in 2004), Ancestral Grace (2008), Jesus in the Power of Poetry (2009), Christianity's Dangerous Memory (2011), In the Beginning was the Spirit (2012), and God in the Midst of Change (2013).

Edwina Gateley’s educational experiences have awarded her a Teacher’s Degree from her home country of England, a Masters in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago and certification as an HIV Counselor in the state of Illinois.

From 1981 to 1982, Edwina lived for nine months in prayer and solitute in a hermitage in Illinois. In 1983, she spent over a year on the streets of Chicago walking with the homeless and women involved in prostitution. Also in 1983, Edwina founded Genisis House - a house of hospitality and nurturing for women involved in prostitution.

Numerous groups and individuals, including the Mayor of Chicago, the late Joseph Bernardin, and Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, have publicly commended Edwina’s work and ministry. Edwina has also been featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.

Edwina is currently writing, giving talks and leading retreats nationally and internationally. Her programs include weekends and week-long retreats as well as Parish Mission. Topics include her own Faith Journey, Discipleship, Women in Scripture, Justice, Mission, Spirituality, Mysticism, and the Feminine Divine.


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