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Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM

Professor Emerita of Spiritual Life

Core Doctoral Faculty
At the GTU since

Elizabeth Liebert is committed to offering resources to future leaders of the church to help them understand and deepen their own spiritual grounding and to extend their ministries of spiritual nurture and care of their congregations and other ministries. Her current research centers on aspects of the academic discipline of Christian Spirituality, and, in particular, on the practice of discernment, both personally in in institutional settings. She is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) an educationally oriented Roman Catholic women’s religious congregation.

Degrees and Certifications

PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1986
MA, Vanderbilt University, 1983
MA, Gonzaga University, 1975
BA, Fort Wright College, 1968


Curriculum Vitae

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Discernment: Historical, Theological and Practical Approaches
  • Spiritual Direction in Protestant Contexts
  • The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola
  • Spiritual Formation
Selected Publications
  • “Academic Life and Scholarship as Spiritual Practice” in Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology, spring, 2018.

  • The Soul of Discernment:  A Spiritual Practice for Communities and Institutions, Westminster/John Knox Press, 2015
  • The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making, Westminster/John Knox Press, 2008. 
  • A Retreat with the Psalms: Resources for Personal and Communal Prayer,  Paulist Press, 2001. 
  • The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women, Paulist Press, 2001.
  • “Discernment for our Times: A Practice with Postmodern Implications,” Studies in Spirituality 18, 2008.
Courses Taught
  • Cultural Milieu and Church Mission
  • Art of Discernment 
  • Discernment: Systems and Nature
  • Spiritual Life and Leadership (5 different emphases taught in rotation: Biblical prayer through Lectio Divina, Contemplative Listening, Personal Discernment in Community (Clearness Committee), Centering Prayer, and Social Discernment)
  • Orientation to Theological Education