I’m an author, Benedictine oblate, and Episcopal priest.
For ten years, I served in parish ministry with the people of St. John’s (Chicago), St. Benedict (Bolingbrook) where I was rector for nine years, and St. Chrysostom’s (Chicago). In 2017, I left parish ministry to pursue writing full-time.
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.
My newest project is a lectionary-based devotional, three volumes of daily and 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.
I’m also an oblate (lay associate) at Holy Wisdom Monastery near Madison, Wisconsin, which is a Benedictine center for ecumenism, spiritual life, and prairie restoration, as well as five vowed sisters (3 Roman Catholic, 1 Presbyterian, and 1 UCC). I serve as part of the oblate leadership team and as formation director for new oblates. If you might be interested in joining, here’s our webpage.
For more of my story, you can explore the blog I kept from 2012-2016, The Vicar of Bolingbrook. , which chronicled my life and ministry in Bolingbrook, an exurb built on the cornfields, but unexpectedly diverse and full of life, stories, and soul. You’ll also find a link to my 2014 sabbatical blog, “Stranger, Guest, Pilgrim”, about travels to Jerusalem, Jordan, and Rome, and a month I spent living in a hermitage, which later informed my second book, Holy Solitude.
A little more about my background: I grew up on the near South Side of Chicago in Hyde Park. 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 an organic farm, alongside adults with mental illness, as pastor of a rural congregation in New England, in a Chicago corporate law office, and at a suburban Trader Joe’s. I like to knit, grow vegetables, take pictures, walk my dog, and read. I’ve been married to minister, geographer, photographer, 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.