John Blumberg is a full-time speaker and author exploring a deeper and broader understanding of integrity as a state of being whole, entire and undiminished. Over the last 5 years he has become a student of contemplation with a consistent daily practice.
Mary Beth Coleman worked for over 35 years in social services primarily with the Illinois Department of Human Services. She is an Associate of the Sisters of Charity, BVM, participated in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and contemplative prayer groups at Old St. Patrick’s.
Kate DeVries, a certified pastoral associate in the Archdiocese of Chicago, recently left a parish position to return to the field of special education. She has been involved with and enjoying the benefits of contemplative prayer for the past three years.
Marci Madary has worked in the area of spirituality for over 20 years. She is passionate about the intersection between theology and the lives of the laity. She received her training as a spiritual director through the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI.
Eileen O’Shea is a member of the BVM Associate Coordinator Team. After a 30-year career at AT&T, where she led workshops and seminars on the quality of work life, Eileen served as the manager of the Career Transitions Center (CTC), Chicago.
Julia Pryce is a mother of three girls (ages 9, almost 7, and 4.5) and lives in Oak Park, Il. She is a professor at Loyola University Chicago in the School of Social Work, and is devoted to considering how elements of contemplative practice can contribute to her work, family, and community life.
Ed Shurna Former Jesuit seminarian who found community organizing as the best way to live out my vocation. On a long journey to hear discern God’s call in the midst of life. Looking forward to meeting new friends on our contemplative journey.
Ed Siderewicz is a life-long educator and has committed his life to carrying out the educational philosophy and pedagogy of St. John Baptist De La Salle. A former De La Salle Christian Brother and Living School alum, he looks forward to sharing the contemplative journey with others.
Ellen Wiggins is a committed adventurer of contemplative circles, Ellen has practiced with communities in the Ignatian exercises, Adventures in Contemplation, the Well Spirituality Center, Parker Palmers’ Circle of Trust and in her Episcopal tradition.