Linda Perrone Rooney is a pastoral theologian, hospital chaplain, clinical pastoral education supervisor, pastoral counselor, and spiritual director. She is also a well-known teacher and retreat leader, having offered and taught retreats across the country. Rooney is an expert in the formation of lay ecclesial ministers and permanent deacons as well as adult spiritual development. She is the founding director of the Center for Healing and Spirituality in Winter Haven, Florida—a “place of the heart” that works to bring about an integration of body, mind, and spirit through teaching, counseling, and spiritual engagement. Rooney is the author of several books and two video-based adult formation programs: Called and Gifted and the parish-based training series Ministry to the Sick and Elderly.