Heidi’s first book, Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season, a book of devotions and church curriculum, was published in September 2015 by Westminster John Knox Press. Her second book, to be published by WJK in December 2017, will be titled Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebels.
She has been Senior Associate Rector of the St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago since June 2016. For almost nine years, she was Vicar and then Rector of The Episcopal Church of St. Benedict, Bolingbrook and wrote her popular blog “The Vicar of Bolingbrook,” about suburban spiritual geography and pastoral life.
Heidi is a Benedictine oblate at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Wisconsin. She received her M.Div. from The University of Chicago Divinity School in 2006 and completed a certificate in Anglican studies from Seabury-Western a year later. She graduated with a B.A. in English from The College of Wooster in Ohio in 1998. In 2014, she went on sabbatical and traveled with a Lilly Foundation sabbatical grant to San Francisco, Seattle, Rome, and The Holy Land.
Heidi grew up in Hyde Park , where she attended St. Thomas the Apostle elementary school, MacWillies Day Camp, and Hyde Park Union Church. She went to Academy of the Sacred Heart for high school, but finished her senior year at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest. She attended The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and worked at Grailville Organic Farms (Loveland OH), Gould Farm (Monterey MA), The Monterey United Church of Christ (Monterey MA), and Pugh, Jones, & Johnson law firm (Chicago IL) before deciding to seek ordination in the Episcopal Church.
Heidi is married to Adam Frieberg. They have two cats and a beagle.