I’m an author, preacher, retreat leader, and an Episcopal priest, among other things.

For ten years, I served in parish ministry with the people of St. John’s (Chicago), St. Benedict (Bolingbrook), and St. Chrysostom’s (Chicago). My first book, Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season was published in 2015 by Westminster John Knox Press, who also published Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebels in December 2017. 

I earned an M.Div. from The University of Chicago Divinity School in 2006 and a certificate in Anglican studies from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (now Bexley Seabury) in 2007. I’ve worked on organic farms, in a corporate law office, as pastor of a rural congregation in New England, and at Trader Joe’s. I’ve been married to minister, geographer, and programmer Adam Frieberg since 2008. We live in DeKalb, Illinois, with two cats and a beagle, in a snug brick colonial we are renovating with lots of help from family and friends. We’re members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, DeKalb, where I’m also a priest associate.

I’m also an oblate, or associate, at Holy Wisdom Monastery near Madison, Wisconsin, which is a Benedictine community centered around God, Christ, and Holy Spirit, as well as five monastic sisters (3 Roman Catholic, 1 Presbyterian, and 1 UCC), and hundreds of people who love them and their mission: prayer, hospitality, justice, and care for the earth. I currently volunteer as a member of the oblate Leadership Circle and as oblate Candidate Formation facilitator. Think you might like to check us out sometime? Here’s our webpage :https://benedictinewomen.org/oblates-of-holy-wisdom/

For more of my story, check out the blog I kept from 2012-16 in the Chicago suburbs, The Vicar of Bolingbrook. , which chronicles life and ministry in a mysteriously diverse and seemingly soulless exurb that was in fact full of life, stories, and soul. Also, you’ll find a link to my 2014 sabbatical blog, “Stranger, Guest, Pilgrim” about a month I spent living in a hermitage as well as our travels to Jerusalem, Jordan, and Rome.

My latest project is a lectionary-based devotional, three volumes of weekly readings and reflections that will be companion prayer journals to the¬†Connections¬†preaching¬†reference series. This year, I’m also enrolled in the spiritual direction certification program at The Claret Center in Chicago.