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Kathleen Deignan, C.N.D., to Be Honored by GreenFaith

October 20, 2010

For many people, the environment is a daunting, or even depressing topic.For Sister Kathleen Deignan, it represents an opportunity for spiritually inspired creativity.

Over a career as a theologian, author, editor, composer, and singer spanning more than 25 years, Sr. Kathleen has offered a unique religious-artistic witness for the earth. In recognition of her accomplishments, GreenFaith has announced that it will honor her at the Fifth Annual GreenFaith Awards Celebration on Saturday, October 23, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston, New Jersey.

The Awards Celebration will be a model "green" event, with:

  • Locally grown organic food prepared by Chef Joe Palombo of Mirabella Café.
  • A "green" Silent Auction, with items including an evening’s stay at Philadelphia's greenest hotel—the Hotel Palomar—and a gift certificate to Candle 79—a leading Manhattan vegetarian restaurant.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

About Kathleen Deignan

Kathleen Deignan, C.N.D., a sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame, is a teaching theologian, psalmist, and composer of more than 200 songs for liturgy and prayer produced by Schola Ministries. She received her master’s degree in spirituality studies and her doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University in New York, where she studied with her mentor, the late geologian Fr. Thomas Berry, in whose honor she and three other Berry students founded The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona.

Deignan is a professor of religious studies at Iona College, where she founded and directs the Iona Spirituality Institute, a project for the celebration and study of the spiritual life. The institute has sponsored her work in interfaith dialogue, peace and justice studies, and spiritual animation in the United States and abroad, particularly in Ireland where she has worked to foster the legacy of Thomas Merton. In 2009, she received Fordham’s Sapientia et Doctrina Award for her work in spirituality and, in 2014, an honorary degree from her alma mater, Sacred Heart University.

An editor of five books, including A Book of Hours (Sorin Books, 2007), Deignan has also written many articles that have appeared in The Way, Review for Religious, Sisters Today, The Merton Seasonal, The Merton Annual, Cross Currents, Franciscan Review, Diakonia, Sacred Journey and Monastic Interreligious Dialogue Bulletin. Deignan is a GreenFaith Fellow, and former president of the International Thomas Merton Society. She sits on the boards of The American Teilhard Association, The International Thomas Merton Society, GreenFaith, and The Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts.

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