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Presenters for Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding Colloquium


WISDOM Presenters

Judith Sutera, OSB, is a member of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS, and has just published the first inclusive language English version of the Rule of St. Benedict with an inclusive commentary. She is editor of Magistra, an academic journal of women's spirituality in history, and of The American Monastic Newsletter. She is the author of several spirituality books and numerous articles, and is a speaker and retreat leader for religious communities, academic conferences, non-Catholic theology schools, initial formation groups and lay retreat centers. She is a director for lay oblates, and also teaches novitiate courses in monastic spirituality and works with the Sophia Retreat Center in Atchison. Sister Judith holds masters' degrees in counseling and monastic theology. READ MORE>>>

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE, OblSB, is the author of 16 books including two new titles in 2021: Sacred Time: Embracing an Intentional Way of Life (Ave Maria Press) and Breath Prayer: An Ancient Practice for the Everyday Sacred (Broadleaf Books). She is the abbess of the online Abbey of the Arts, Transformative Living through Contemplative and Expressive Arts (Christine will be with us virtually.) READ MORE>>>

WITNESS Presenters

Deborah Lowrey Asberry is a senior consultant in leadership development, organizational culture and process consultation at CommunityWorks, Inc. Her primary emphasis is in working with complex systems as they seek to find innovative ways to navigate emergence, uncertainty and unpredictability. She works with faith-based institutions, nonprofit agencies, healthcare systems, universities and social justice agencies, partnering with them to further develop their capacity to realize the mission and vision of their system. She brings the use of organizational development theory and practice, as well as best practices in fields of systems theory, emergence and chaos theory, organizational psychology, business management, and leadership development to her work. READ MORE>>>

Patty Fawkner SGS, is the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St. Benedict, in Sydney, Australia. Patty is an adult educator, writer and facilitator with formal tertiary qualifications in arts, education, theology and spirituality. She has ministered in primary education, adult faith formation, and held the position of Director of Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre and Media Officer with Catholic Religious Australia. She is currently the Vice-President of Catholic Religious Australia, the peak body representing Australian female and male religious. Patty has an abiding interest in communicating the wisdom of the Gospel and Benedictine tradition in accessible language in relation to current affairs, politics and questions of justice. (Patty will be with us virtually.)  READ MORE>>>

WAY FORWARD Presenters

Edith Bogue, OSB, has been a sociology and social work professor, held leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, served as Benedictine oblate and vocation director, and gives retreats and presentations. During the pandemic, she completed training in spiritual direction and entered the transfer program at Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL, where she is Associate Director of the Retreat Center. The thread uniting her many lives is a deep commitment to seek God through the monastic way of life. READ MORE>>>

Katie Gordon is a seeker committed to spiritual growth, monastic renewal, and interspiritual community. She is co-founder and national organizer with Nuns & Nones, an alliance of Catholic sisters, spiritually diverse seekers, and other religious elders whose mission is to create communities of care and contemplation that incite courageous action. Katie is also a staff member of Monasteries of the Heart, an online monastery that translates Benedictine wisdom for contemporary seekers. She is currently coordinating the Formation Project, a year-long spiritual formation structure for seekers who wish to deepen in their own traditions and practices. Katie lives in Erie, PA with the Benedictine Sisters in a small intentional community called the Pax Priory, a site of monastic tradition and experimentation. READ MORE>>>


Judith Valente is an award-winning author, poet, and journalist and an Oblate of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS. She is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and on-air religion correspondent for PBS-TV. Her most recent book is How to Be: A Monk & A Journalist Reflect on Living & Dying, Purpose & Prayer, Forgiveness and Friendship, co-authored with Brother Paul Quenon, OCSO. Her other titles include How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us about Happiness, Meaning and Community; Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, A Spiritual Home and A Living Faith; and The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed, as well as two collections of poetry. READ MORE>>>

Joanna Burley, OSB, is Prioress  of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, St. Benedict Monastery. She holds an M.A. in Theology (Monastic Studies) from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, an M.Ed. (Catholic School Leadership) from Marymount University, Arlington, VA, and a B.A. (English) from Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY. Sister Joanna is a published author, musician and composer, and a former teacher and principal in Catholic schools. READ MORE>>>