A Message from Our New Director

Sr. Marie James Hunt is still in need of a laptop and office supplies for the new National Office of the Cooperators. The sisters have set up a Flipcause page for donations at Pauline.org/Cooperators. If you would prefer to mail a check, please make it out to the Daughters of St. Paul and send it to Sr. Marie James at the address below. With gratitude, blessings, and prayers, from Sr. Marie James Hunt, fsp, 4403 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70006, (617) 543-8427 (cell).

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Odd Duck to the Rescue: A Response to the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Courtesy of @UnknownPuNster

Wordless in Delaware

As a regular contributor to this blog, I have my ups and downs. I usually don't get moving until a deadline looms. Sometimes even a deadline does not work. The current moment in Catholic history is one such time. My deadline for this article coincided with some of the worst weeks in Catholicism in recent memoryIt has left me near wordless.

In August, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury released a report that chronicled 70 years of sexual abuse of 1000+ minors[1] by 300 Catholic priests. This followed on the June revelation of the withdrawal from ministry of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C. following credible reports of the sexual abuse of a minor. Prior to this, Cardinal McCarrick had been suspected of multiple abuses of power involving homosexual activity with seminarians under his care. The pièce de résistance was a letter by former U.S. nuncio Archbishop Carlo Viganò, purporting to blow the whistle on Pope Francis himself as complicit in the cover-up of the McCarrick case.

Enter Alberione

"He is kind of an ODD DUCK." 

This cheeky statement is from the documentary film "Media Apostle: The Father James Alberione Story". It was spoken on camera by myself (Rae Stabosz) and refers to Blessed James Alberione. It was my attempt to express how unique a figure Father Alberione seemed to me as I studied him. He spoke and wrote straight-forwardly, often brusquely, with a no-nonsense piety that was not predictable yet was completely in sync with the Gospel.  Consumed by apostolic zeal, he founded an amazing nine Catholic institutes and one association of lay collaborators during a lifetime that spanned the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Blessed Alberione was nothing if not focused on the future of humankind. He faced many crises as he worked to establish the apostolate of social communication. But his eyes were always on the ultimate future of Christ's mission. He yearned for the time that the entire world would realize the ultimate Pauline experience: "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)"

I turned to my "odd duck" in my funk. Perhaps this Founder who focused so intensely on the future could give me perspective at a time when I was so discouraged that I could barely pray.

The Church and the world

"The Church, master teacher of mankind, is enlightened by the Holy Spirit. She has two enemies: sin and ignorance."[2]

I love the Catholic Church. I believe it to be a supernatural entity, built on nature and moving through time towards its eternal destiny in a redeemed and perfected universe. Saints and sinners accompany it through the centuries. But many (most?) of the people in my life--and maybe yours--do not see the Church like that. They see it as just one more human institution, flawed perhaps irrevocably as the scandals unroll. And what credibility do I have now when I speak of the goodness, truth and beauty of the Catholic Church? Why would anyone be attracted to it in light of the grand jury report, the rise of Theodore McCarrick through the ecclesiastical ranks, and the allegations of cover-up of his misdoings going to the papacy itself?

It is no answer to separate Christ from his Church as some try to do, saying "Jesus is pure but the Church is corrupt." Since the time of the Protestant Reformation, those who remain Catholic have asserted that natural and supernatural elements subsist inseparably in the visible Church, always available to the authentic seeker. No amount of sin and ignorance on the part of its members can deform the essential holiness of the Mystical Body of Christ. We have no choice but to love the Church and fight to reform it from within.

Alberione addressed the sin and ignorance that wreaks such destruction on the visible Church:
"How often does it occur that the very person who wants to re-establish order ends by disturbing it the most! In certain meetings, the one who demands silence makes more noise than anyone else.
True reforming zeal always begins with ourselves. Therefore, don't be taken in too easily by those who talk about reform--reform of the clergy, of society, of Catholic associations--if first you do not see the beginnings of reform within these people themselves."[3]
"There are individuals who take over the ship and impose themselves on the community. Others, following them without judgment or control, applaud. One such person is sufficient to lower the moral standard."[4]
We are indisputably in a time when the Church requires institutional reform. Father Alberione reminds us that we shouldn't be too quick to accept either demands for silence or a proliferation of promises of reform. Let us look for action. By their fruits we will know them.

Addressing the crimes

I have always hated it when Hollywood depicts people committing acts of depravity that involve crucifixes, holy water, and other symbols and sacramentals of Catholic faith. I am quick to label such depictions as anti-Catholic at their root. But the PA Grand Jury report reads like the worst kind of religious horror film. I am horrified to discover the credible possibility of truth within the fiction[5]. The grand jury report includes descriptions of acts of perverted religiosity that mimic authentic Catholic ritual and cry out to heaven for justice. The perpetrators not only abused their authority over the young men (and some women) under their care. They also violated youthful innocence in a particularly pernicious way, modeling a false and corrupt understanding of sexuality, piety, and sacramentality to their victims. They seem deserving to me of the heaviest of millstones tied around their necks.[6]

But whose job is it to take action if one of these little ones should be hurt by a cleric of the Church? Who has the job of chastising the perpetrators and preventing them from adding to the number of victims? Who, if not the bishops and the popes themselves, have the responsibility for hanging figurative millstones around offending clerics and casting them into metaphorical seas?  Their religious superiors, can you doubt it? Much of the current anger among laity stems from the credible reports of the covering up of sexual abuse and depravity by the only persons authorized to take action within the Church itself--the clerical hierarchy, i.e. the bishops and the popes.

Blessed Alberione never rose within the Church to a higher rank than priest. But he had members of all of the Pauline institutes under his pastoral and administrative care.  He understood the reality of sin and the necessity of arming his troops for spiritual battle. He took seriously the role of spiritual directors.
"Man is a social being by nature. Except in cases of very rare special vocations, we tend spontaneously to meet with one another, to listen to one another, to live together in every period of life. Isolation is generally feared.  But this does not mean to be so much a part of a crowd as to absorb everything from surroundings and company, following along blindly, to the point of losing one's personality. We must be good company yet know how to keep apart. One must not be carried away by the crowd, by empty reading, the radio, films, and television, to the point of becoming foolish, passive, enslaved, lacking in reflection, in personal, strong ideas."[7]
"Superiors should teach fellow members to reflect and be guided by principles... How many religious are subject to group influence, to exaggerated or de-personalizing influences! To grow as a healthy person one must know how to be alone at times, to decide for oneself, in a rod, to live as an adult. Decisiveness, vigor, tenacity, sound principles result in the best religious, the best spiritual directors."[8]
"Sin lies behind the law of the body.[9] It is a profound aberration and humiliates the whole of man, his mind, will, heart, body.... The greatest battles must be found and won or lost in the hidden, silent world of the mind. There are no witnesses to encourage or disapprove. Only God sees thoughts. And only examination of conscience and reflection on ourselves uncovers these in part. Only through true spiritual direction and in the confessional can they be brought to light. It is in the mind that the edifice of good is erected or shameful ruins pile up."[10] 
"We make atonement to Jesus Christ the Priest for the betrayals that have followed down the centuries since the time of Judas."[11]
Sometimes when I read the Passion, I find myself hoping against hope that Judas' story will have a different ending this time. When I saw Fr. Alberione's reference to that sad perfidy, I found an odd sort of peace, if not consolation. Judas assumed his responsibilities voluntarily when he said yes to the Lord's call. His betrayal of Jesus is as horrific as any in history. Nevertheless, when Jesus addresses him for the last time, it is as "Friend." What am I to make of that? How do I apply it to the current spate of betrayals?

In conclusion

"The future will be won with an army of well-formed vocations, and with the most modern and rapid means put at the service of the apostolate. It is a known characteristic of our times that a far-flung array of publications oppose the Church... A counter organization is needed, large, strong, of ancient spirit and modern form; it means the apostolate of publishing exercised not through a single undertaking but through an undertaking of universal character with an army of prepared persons at its service...multiplying its fruits in time and space."[12]
Alberione writes of "the most modern and rapid means" of communication to be put at the service of the apostolate. At the moment, our involvement with social media seems to fit the bill. Social media is without a doubt a double-edged sword. During this current crisis, social media has proven itself almost too addictive for me to use at the service of the apostolate. I couldn't stop pulling up Twitter and Facebook to look for the latest details of the unfolding story. I am ashamed to say that I relished the rancor spooling out across the forums and the comment boxes of the Catholic internet.

Alarmed by my own consumption of ill will, I seriously contemplated deleting all of my social media accounts. If I cannot control what I choose to read, what good am I to any apostolate? I have not completely discounted this idea.  But I would like to close with some words of Blessed Alberione that I am trying to internalize during this time of trial:
"What would happen if the driver loses control of the car? He must stay alert and handle the steering wheel well. But to drive ourselves is much more difficult than to drive a car. We have to be in control of everything internal... We have to govern the heart, which can be foolish, the imagination, tongue, eyes, taste, hearing, touch. We must govern our whole being at all times: in church, on the street, travelling, in the book centers, at recreation, at table, from the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we close our eyes at night. At whatever speed, we must always have control... as it takes but one drowsy instant to swerve off the road."[13] 
I am determined not to swerve off the road. The Church needs me, the Pauline family needs me, my own family needs me. "Life passes and we come nearer to the end of our days. We will leave this world soon enough for heaven where everything is peaceful and serene. Let us prepare ourselves and prepare ourselves for heaven!"[14]

[1] The States of New York and New Jersey have since convened their own grand juries to subpoena records from Catholic dioceses in order to investigate credible evidence of similar behavior in that state. Other states are likely to follow, leading to what one Catholic pundit has called "the death of a thousand cuts" for the Church.
[2] J. Alberione, Carissimi in San Paolo (CISP): letters,articles, essays and unpublished writings of Father Alberione from 1933 to 1969; 1032.
[3] J. Alberione, pr VO, 327. The "pr" texts are a large colllection of typewritten manuscripts of meditations given by Fr. Alberione and compiled by the Daughters of St. Paul at Grottoferrata, in preparatoin for their Special General Chapter of 1969-171. pr designates "preaching", the letters following it designate the topic; VO is "vow of obedience."
[4] J. Alberione, Ut Perfectus sit Homo Dei I (UPS I), 286. 
[5] The most egregious of such alleged abuses have passed the statute of limitations, so it is too late to investigate and prosecute. The Pennsylvania Attorney General has asked that the statute of limitations be removed in order to investigate these allegations, in light of evidence that Church officials deliberately kept them from scrutiny by state authorities.
[6] Cf. "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones." Luke 17:2.
[7] UPS I, op. cit., 286. 
[8] UPS I, op. cit., 290-291.
[9] Blessed Alberione is making a distinctly Pauline reference here.  "For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,  but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members." Romans 7:21-22. 
[10] CISP, op. cit., 131-132.
[11] CISP, op. cit., 1476.
[12] V. Gambi, in Alberione (Photo Album), Rome, 1975, 21.
[13 ]J. Alberione, pr E (Examination of Conscience), 349. 
[14] J. Alberione, Haec meditare II: a collection of meditations in various volumes, Daughters of St. Paul, Alba, Rome, 1939, 1 8. 

Rae Stabosz has been a member of the Association of Pauline Cooperators since 2003. She and Bill Stabosz, her husband of 49 years, have six sons, three daughters, eleven grandsons and nine granddaughters; they eagerly await the birth of grand #21 in November. Rae retired in 2007 from the University of Delaware, where she was a technology and media specialist for 27 years. She is co-founder and past president of The Society of Catholic Scholars of Delaware and proprietor, since 2004, of the Pious Ladies Bookmobile.

Friday, August 31, 2018

A Time for Purification

Yesterday I walked onto our back porch and sat for a while in silence. The sunshine played across the flowers and the distant shrine of Mary, Queen of Apostles. But the beauty and the light did little to calm the emotions that are tearing at my heart, as they are, I'm sure, at yours.

I was stationed here in Boston for the “long great lent” of 2002 after the Globe’s Spotlight report. I never heard the “repent and be saved” nature of the daily Lenten Mass readings in all their power and urgency as I did that Lent. I suspect I wasn’t the only one whose heart was caught off guard by the seriousness of God’s call to conversion. (We are, after all, talking about more than “giving up chocolate” for forty days.) In how many emails did I apologize to people who wrote to me for what they had suffered at the hands of ministers of the Church, knowing I was but one step toward peace for all these people who needed a listening ear for their pain. Each of them impressed on me anew the need for us all to “repent and be saved” not just for ourselves, but for the sake of others.

It has been sixteen years since then. Dioceses, parishes, and schools were to implement policies, procedures and task forces to ensure the safety of children in any setting where a member of the Church was present. These efforts were a part of our “conversion,” although we could never ever return to those who had been victimized through sexual abuse the freshness and joy of their innocence and the spiritual joy that once had been theirs as a daughter and son of God.

And here we are again with the news swimming with reports of the seriousness of the crisis we thought was under control. This time, again, the liturgical readings are stunning, prophetic of the power of God. We have just finished the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time and the readings are those of Year II.

Last Monday the Responsorial Psalm (from Deuteronomy 32) summed up our situation:

You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you; 
you forgot the God who gave you birth.
The LORD saw it, and was jealous; 
he spurned his sons and daughters.
 He said: I will hide my face from them,
I will see what their end will be;
for they are a perverse generation,
children in whom there is no faithfulness.
They made me jealous with what is no god,
provoked me with their idols.
So I will make them jealous with what is no people,
provoke them with a foolish nation. (NRSV)

The Gospel on Tuesday (Matthew 19:23-30) aroused in me a new desire to truly follow Jesus. Peter said to the Lord: “We have given up everything and followed you…” Everything. Every last little thing…to follow Jesus. Yes. This is the grain of wheat that we have somehow missed in these past 40 years or so, and thus our field is now sown with weeds.

The reading on Wednesday was from Ezekiel, the first 11 verses of chapter 34. Through his prophet Ezekiel, the Lord God says to the shepherds of Israel that they have not cared for their sheep and so they were scattered because they had no shepherd and became a prey to wild beasts. They wandered all over the mountain. Therefore...

And pay attention here. Here is the decisive shift:

Therefore, the Lord God says:

“I will save my sheep.” 
“I myself will look after and tend my sheep.” 

The Responsorial Psalm had us pray the beautiful Psalm 23: “The Lord is my Shepherd.” In Thursday’s reading from Ezekiel (36:23-38), the Lord promises that he will bring his people back from exile where they have been led because of their corruption and sinfulness. And then the Lord God announces an astounding gift. It could only be a gift, for his people had lost everything having not been faithful to God “who had given them birth.” Notice how many times God uses the word “I” below as he makes this promise to his people:

I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

As we look around at the Church here in the US, only God can bring about in us the complete renewal of holiness and purity we need. We have tried and we have failed in so many ways.

The reading for Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time (which was replaced by the reading for the feast of St Bartholomew) presents the powerful image of the dry bones:

The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.  I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.”…

Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’  Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.  And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people.  I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD.”

After the Resurrection and before the Ascension, Jesus entrusted his disciples to the Word. It is in the Scriptures that we find our ultimate guide through perilous and complex times such as our own. Each of us will play our own part in the drama of salvation history as it plays out in the next few years, but all of us have only one foundation: Jesus Christ. We are nourished with his Word and his Body. Throughout all of Church history there is a tragic leaning toward evil on the part of some individuals within the Church from which even Jesus himself suffered.The Word tells us that even this situation in which we find ourselves as Catholics today—horrible on every level, but most especially for the victims of clergy sex abuse...of any form of sexual abuse—can be turned to account by the action of the Holy Spirit. Through the Word we realize that the mystery of the Church is deeper than all our talking and speculation could take us.

How? When?
We need to pray.
Seek to be moved by God in whatever action we are inspired to take.
We need to seek the good of the community.

We can be sure that through all this, God himself has taken it upon himself to purify us and may no rock be left uncovered… not even the rocky places of my own heart. It is a powerful time to be alive in the Church, a time which needs saints…no, a time which needs great saints!


Sr Kathryn J. Hermes is the author of Surviving Depression: A Catholic Approach, and the newly released title Reclaim Regret: How God Heals Life’s Disappointments. She often appears in My Sisters, a sacred space where a community of women and men seek spiritual renewal together (My Sisters is online at Pauline.org/mysisters). She entered the Daughters of St. Paul 40 years ago and through the Pauline charism, communication has become more essential to her than breathing.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

August - Consecration and Renewal

"August" comes from the Latin "Augustus," which means "Consecrate."  Cooperator and actress Christin Jezak shares her thoughts on renewal during this month of August, and reminds us of the importance of the Cooperator Promise we have made.  Click below to watch her vlog.

Christin Jezak has been a Pauline Cooperator since 2012. An actress, playwright, and producer, she strives to do theatre which inspires, uplifts, and stirs society. She created, and has performed worldwide, Person-to-Person: A Mother Teresa Project, including a performance at the Official Youth Festival of World Youth Day 08 in Sydney. Christin holds a M.A. in theatre from Villanova University, where she was seen in such plays as The Tempest, Urinetown, and Our Town.  In 2003, she started a ministry called Immaculate Art Ministries, which toured Massachusetts and beyond. She earned her B.A. in theatre from Bridgewater State College and was seen in such roles as Bella from Big Love and Berta from Pippin. She is represented commercially & theatrically by Angel City Talent and has been seen on Jimmy Kimmel and a GrubHub Superbowl commercial. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

New Title from Sr. Nancy Usselmann, fsp A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics:

How should a follower of Christ engage the popular media culture? By becoming a mystic! Sr. Nancy challenges Christians today to delve deep into the rich theological tradition of the church as the root and foundation for recognizing the beauty of God present in all that is truly human. The artists of popular culture sometimes unwittingly seek transcendence while grappling with some of humanity’s most profound existential longings. The cultural mystics of today point out those needs of humanity in the culture’s artifacts in order to enter into dialogue with those who seek something beyond what this world satisfies. The anthropological-sacramental-incarnational paradigm presented gives us this ability to take a sacred look of the culture and offer the joy of the Gospel, Christ who is the answer of all humanity’s yearnings!

Interview with Sr. Nancy:
1) How did this idea of a "cultural mysticism" come about?
In my studies and presentations on media literacy from a faith formation perspective, I've always seen the need to find that underlying theological connection between the two disciplines. And I found it in a type of mysticism that reflects on the popular culture discovering God's grace at work and pinpoints the areas for dialogue.
2) Why do you have such an interest in the popular culture?
I have always loved movies, music, and books, and being a Pauline Sister, this is our field for ministry-the media! Hence, we are known as #MediaNuns. Besides being a field for ministry, I have often wondered how to bring the Gospel into such a secular culture. It really begins with finding those elements of commonality-the deepest yearnings and desires that reside in all human beings. And popular culture speaks to these yearnings through its art. It is that point of contact for the message of Christ to hit home, so to speak.
3) What impelled you to write this book?
This book is the fruit of reflection and prayer for many years working in a media ministry. However, it really started to formulate during my graduate studies in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary where my emphasis was on Theology and Art. Every paper I wrote had an element of popular cultural art and media references, so my thesis was a compilation of these reflections. Then I reformulated it for a book. And voilà! Here it is!
4) How would someone become a cultural mystic?
It begins with a deep spirituality and relationship with God. In order to be a cultural mystic, one must also be attuned with the culture and its artifacts-film, television, music, social media, etc, in order to hear the, "cries of humanity" present there. It's about taking a sacred look at those cries and presenting Jesus Christ as the fulfiller of all those hungers that reside in every human being. It requires attention to symbols in the cultural artifacts and the elements of grace that are present there in order to reflect deeply on the culture's yearnings and so bring those to our prayer and intimacy with God.
5) Who would benefit from this read?
Anyone who is interested in theology, spirituality, and popular culture would hopefully find something in this book to entice them. It's academic but very readable with constant reference to elements of the culture.
6) What do you hope people come away from reading this?
I hope people fall in love with God and his work in the world. I hope they become mystics who see with the eyes of faith the longings of humanity for that "something more," that desire ultimately for God. It is a passion of mine to be that bridge between faith and our media culture. I pray that this book makes that connection for those who read it.

An Excerpt from A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics
To truly see with new eyes, to develop that sacred look that sees beyond the cultural imagination and the tangible realities to a broader liturgical and sacramental vision of the human person, there is a need to become cultural mystics. This means we embody the desire for transcendence, that is, the desire to reach beyond what is tangible and surpass finiteness, while critically engaging the popular culture. We then can offer a perception of reality that is anthropological-incarnational-sacramental. To see with the vision of the cultural mystic means that we have a faith that compels us to recognize the profoundly rich image that the Triune God has of each person and all of creation. To embody the ideal of the popular cultural mystic is a spiritual exercise in recognizing God's presence in the world and especially in the artistic questioning in regard to human experience that ferments in popular culture. All Christians are called to be mystics, to see the world with eyes of faith. Pope Francis urges us: “To enter into the mystery demands that we not be afraid of reality: that we not be locked into ourselves, that we not flee from what we fail to understand, that we not close our eyes to problems or deny them, that we not dismiss our questions.” He continues that we can seek, “a deeper meaning, an answer, and not an easy one, to the questions which challenge our faith, our fidelity and our very existence.” Through a contemplative stance on the world and our popular culture mystics offer a transcendent view of reality fulfilled only in the beatific vision of our God. But it also offers us a way of bridging the gap here and now between our faith and our popular media culture.

What people are saying about A Sacred Look:
“When you see words and phrases like ‘cultural mysticism,’ ‘transcendence,’ and ‘TV as art’ on the contents page, there is an urge to look further. Sister Nancy continues a fine US Christian tradition, both Catholic and Protestant: the quest for meaning in movies. She extends this search in this social media age to a wide range of communications and popular arts.”
—Peter Malone, Cinema Desk, SIGNIS, World Catholic Association for Communication
“Sister Nancy’s unique approach to popular culture and spirituality is a revelation. We so seldom think that we can all be theologians and mystics, but Nancy leads us to wonder about God's self-communication and presence in storytelling, and introduces ways of seeing our world that lead to contemplation, reflection, prayer, and action.”
—Rose Pacatte, film critic, National Catholic Reporter
“Sister Nancy, in her book A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics, offers a monumental contribution to the literature of spiritual formation and theology of film. Her insight, gained by an impressive immersion in both fields of inquiry, plunges her into creating an expanded and enlarged perspective of the Church’s participation in everyday cultural rituals and society’s craving for meaning. Her writing places her in the trajectory of lay theology as well as the Catholic imagination. This masterful examination of entertainment art as theological source in the service of mysticism deserves wide circulation and a long shelf life. Mystics everywhere along with pop culture enthusiasts are looking for and dancing to this gift from a servant of the Sacred.”
—Scott Young, President, Culture Connection

Upcoming Author Events:
Saturday, August 25th 11am — Pauline Books & Media, 885 Providence Hwy., Dedham, MA

The book is available from www.pauline.org/store, any Pauline Books & Media Center and on Amazon.

Sr. Nancy Usselmann, FSP is a Daughter of St Paul and the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Media Literacy Education Specialist with degrees in Communications Arts and a Masters in Theology and the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. Sr. Nancy is a theologian, film reviewer and blogger for www.bemediamindful.org. Her book entitled A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics is published by Wipf & Stock publishing.