Literary Lunchbreak: Susan Garthwaite in Conversation with Judy Borchers: Saint Hildegard
Saint Hildegard: Ancient Insights for Modern Seekers is a treasure trove of St. Hildegard's bracing, rich, and transforming insights. Written for today's seekers and spiritual directors, it takes us deeper into our own experiences in the company of the mystic visionary St. Hildegard, whose twelfth-century wisdom, still strikingly relevant to our contemporary struggles, enriches our journeys.
As a spiritual director and retreat guide, Garthwaite knows this journey well--she's traveled it for years. St. Hildegard has influenced Garthwaite's spiritual life, as well as her work as a spiritual director, and here she gives concrete examples of spiritual experiences and practices in which St. Hildegard's insights can draw out our own wisdom. She also gently touches our worst experiences and offers St. Hildegard's light for our liberation and fullness of life.
Susan Garthwaite is a spiritual director, spiritual writer, prayer group leader, and retreat facilitator in the Chicago area. For many years, she was a medical physiologist and project team leader working on new medicines for cardiovascular disease. Besides her numerous scientific papers, she has published on spiritual direction in Presence and on spirituality, especially the wisdom of women mystics, in Spiritual Life. She currently resides in Evanston, IL.
Judy Borchers was for 45 years a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago. She served as chemistry teacher and then principal of St Scholastica HS in Chicago. She trained to become a spiritual director at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago and went on to serve in that capacity while she was employed as the Executive Director of the Patrick and Anna Cudahy Fund, a WI family foundation. Since retirement she has been active in St. Nicholas parish in Evanston where she is a Stephen Minister and volunteers in a variety of capacities. She currently lives in Wilmette, IL.