Keith J. Egan is the former President of the Carmelite Institute (2007—2012) and the current Aquinas Chair in Catholic Theology Emeritus at Saint Mary’s College, where, in 1984, he founded the college’s Center for Spirituality. Dr. Egan’s doctorate is from the University of Cambridge, England. He lectures widely and has published extensively on Christian spirituality and mysticism as well as on Carmelite spirituality to audiences in North America, Ireland, England and Rome. Dr. Egan has been a charter lecturer of the North American Carmelite Forum and a corresponding fellow of the Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome.
Praise for Professor Keith J. Egan
“I found Keith Egan’s tapes on Teresa easy to grasp, a summons to further study, and most of all a firm but gentle invitation to deeper prayer. Particularly, I loved his concise yet profound explanation of Teresa’s Prayer of Recollection.”– Fr. Tracy O’Sullivan, O. Carm., Pastor Emeritus, St. Raphael Parish, Los Angeles“In our formation classes for new members, we have used Prof. Keith Egan’s DVDs of Come, Pray with Carmel. We have found his lectures perfect for an overview of Carmel’s tradition of prayer. It made us want to look further into the history of Carmel and all of the traditions that have led us to where we are today. His personal comments were insightful as our new member loved what he said about prayer being leisure for God. The study guide also helped her to ask questions after we watched the DVD.”– Sister Carol Sachse, O.C.D.
Prof. Elizabeth A. Dreyer, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. She has previously taught at The Catholic University of America; the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C.; and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an expert in medieval women mystics, the history of Christian spirituality, and the role of women in Christianity. Prof. Dreyer received her Ph.D. from Marquette University, her M.A. from Xavier University, and her B.A. from Dominican University. She also completed additional graduate work at Harvard Divinity School, Boston University, the Pontifical University for Mediaeval Studies, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and the University of Toronto.
Prof. Dreyer is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Accidental Theologians: Four Women Who Shaped Christianity (Franciscan Media, 2014), Passionate Spirituality: Hildegard of Bingen and Hadewijch of Brabant (Paulist Press, 2005), A Retreat with Catherine of Siena (St. Anthony Messenger, 1999), and Making Sense of God: A Woman’s Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger, 2008), which won first place in the Catholic Press Association’s Gender Issues category. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal from Mount Saint Joseph’s College and Fairfield University’s Choice Award for exemplary application of the ideals of the Ignatian tradition.
Praise for Elizabeth Dreyer
“Elizabeth Dreyer is a proven guide to Catholic spirituality. Her scholarship has given her a strong familiarity with the richness of Catholic tradition and she is able to communicate it with warmth and clarity.” – Fr. Donald Senior, O.P., Ph.D., President Emeritus, Catholic Theological Union
“Dreyer . . . provides a wonderful introduction, toggling back and forth between historical context and the difference their theology can make for twenty-first century Christians.” – Barbara Newman, Professor, Northwestern University