Fr. Brian McDermott, S.J. is a Catholic priest and a member of the Jesuits, the Society of Jesus. He is currently the Special Assistant to the President at Georgetown University. He previously served as Rector of the Jesuit Community, Research Professor in the Department of Theology, and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland. He received his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 1973. From 1973 to 2000, he was a member of the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., serving as academic dean for eight of those years. Fr. McDermott is the author of two books, What are They Saying About the Grace of Christ? and Word Become Flesh: Dimensions of Christology as well as numerous articles and reviews.
Lyn Holley Doucet, M.Ed. M.S., is an educator, spiritual director, and counselor. She is currently Director of Spiritual Formation at Our Lady of the Oaks Jesuit Retreat House in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, where she is active in leading preached retreats and facilitating continuing education and Peer Supervision for lay spiritual directors. She is the winner of a Catholic Press Award and has published five books, including When Women Pray, When Wisdom Speaks, and Healing Troubled Hearts. Lyn works with women to foster individuation and the flourishing of the inner, spiritual life. She has been an active part of an ongoing contemplative group for four years. She has had a deep interest in Hildegard of Bingen for many years, and this passion was recently nourished by a recent trip to Germany to visit all of Hildegard’s historical sites. Lyn has served on the national board of Theresians International, a thriving spiritual organization, where she was named the first lay spiritual director for the National Board. She was recently honored by this organization as a Woman of Vision.
“When Lyn Holley Doucet speaks, people listen: women and men both, firm contemplatives as well as struggling hearts. She has only grown more powerful since the first of her several books earned a Catholic Press Association award for excellence.”— Fr. Joseph Tetlow, S.J., Ph.D.
Photograph of Lyn Holley Doucet courtesy of Wendy Romero