I am a writer, author, spiritual director, and Episcopal priest.
For ten years, I served in parish ministry around the Chicago area: I served as deacon with the people of St. John’s (Chicago), as vicar and rector of St. Benedict (Bolingbrook) for nine years, and as senior associate rector of 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 current project is a prayer and study guide companion to the Connections series, with daily or weekly readings and reflections based on the Sunday lectionary readings. It’s scheduled to be published by Westminster John Knox in the fall of 2021.
I offer spiritual direction, in person, by phone, or by video call. Spiritual direction is a kind of focused, attentive listening with someone, to spiritual longings, questions, struggles, or wonderings. It’s for people of all faith traditions or none. In 2020, I completed a year-long direction internship at the Claret Center in Chicago and received my certification. Contact me for more information.
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 an exurb surrounded by cornfields. You’ll also find a link to my 2014 sabbatical blog, “Stranger, Guest, Pilgrim”, and our travels to Jerusalem, Jordan, and Rome, as well as 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, where I attended St. Thomas the Apostle, then went north for high school to Sacred Heart Schools, where my mother was a teacher. I was confirmed at Hyde Park Union Church, a United Church of Christ and American Baptist congregation. I graduated from The College of Wooster in central Ohio. 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 read, grow vegetables and flowers, take pictures, walk my dog, and cook dinner. I’ve been married to minister, geographer, programmer, and photographer Adam Frieberg since 2008.