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.