Please return to this website for updated information concerning the topics and recommended reading lists.

Mary C. Earle -"Healing in the Celtic Tradition"

M Earle.jpg

Mary C. Earle is an Episcopal priest, writer, retreat leader and spiritual director, who taught classes in spirituality for the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest until her retirement.  Her home parish is St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. She has authored books and articles on the spirituality of living with illness (Beginning Again: Benedictine Wisdom for Living with Illness, Days of Grace: Meditations and Practices for Living with Illness and Broken Body, Healing Spirit: Lectio Divina and Living with Illness) and the spirituality of the body (Marvelously Made: Gratefulness and the Body). Her newest work, titled Julian of Norwich: Selections from Revelations of Divine Love Annotated and Explained, offers the reader an opportunity to come to know the writings of that Fourteenth Century English mystic. Mary has also written about Celtic Christian spirituality, Celtic saints and the desert mothers. She and her husband Doug, also an Episcopal priest, live with two border collies, a cat and a lot of gardens. Their son Jason is a professor of French at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.


Loyd Allen - "The History of Christian Spiritual Traditions"

Dr. Loyd Allen is Sylvan Hills Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, as well as a spiritual director and retreat leader. He delights in the varieties of Christian spirituality that emerge in different times and places over the span of Christian history. Though most of his adult life has been spent ministering among Baptists in the South, he was baptized in a small Methodist church, which shared facilities with a Presbyterian congregation. Married to Libby, whose family is devoutly Roman Catholic, he has continued to broaden his knowledge and experience of Christian spirituality traditions throughout his life. He spent a sabbatical learning about and experiencing the Celtic spirituality heritage of Wales. Annually, he leads a group of pastors on pilgrimage to Israel. Taking the theme of faith as pilgrimage, Dr. Allen teaches Christian spirituality like a traveler telling stories about the places he has been or wants to go.

Leadership Team

  • Jamie Norwich-McLennan - retreat leader
  • Mike Flury - registrar
  • Amalia Spruth-Janssen - listening circles
  • Sally Ruggia-Haden - worship coordinator