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Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM

Professor Emerita

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,
  • Spiritual Formation 
  • Ignatian Spirituality 
  • Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola 
  • Trauma and Spiritual Care
Selected Publications
  • The Soul of Discernment: A Spiritual Practice for Communities and other Institutions. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2015.

  • The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2008.

  • The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women (Co-authored with Mary Garvin and Katherine Dyckman). New York: Paulist Press, 2001.

  • “Praying our Way Forward: Prayer in Ignatian Communal Discernment,” Ignatian Prayer Project, editor: Jose Garcia de Castro, Comillas Universidad, Madrid, forthcoming.

  • “Accessible Spiritual Practices to Aid in Recovery from Moral Injury, Pastoral Psychology 68 (1) February, 2019: 41-57, DOI: 10.1007/s11089-018-0825-1.

  • “Academic Life and Scholarship as Spiritual Practice” in Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology, spring, 2018; excerpt in Skylight: News and Notes from the GTU, Fall, 2017, 8-11. https://www.gtu.edu/news/academic-life-and-scholarship-spiritual-practice.

Courses Taught
  • DM 6019 Culture and Mission
  • SP 2499 Art of Discernment
  • SP 2685 Discernment: Systems and Nature
  • SP 4042 Spiritual Exercises in Context
  • SP 2686 Discernment: Ignatius and Beyond