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Becky Van Ness

Adjunct Instructor of Theology
Director, Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction

B.A., History, Carelton College, 1973
M.A.T., History & Education, Northwestern University, 1976
M.S., Mathematics & Education, St. Cloud State University, 1989
M.A., Christian Spirituality, Creighton University, 2008 with Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Office: Luke Hall 205
Phone Number: 320-363-3559
Email: [email protected]


Area of Focus/Research/Teaching Interest

Becky has studied and researched the topic of discernment, especially what is often termed the “discernment of spirits,” from an interdisciplinary perspective.   Her study has included the theological foundation for discernment, the history of discernment as a Christian practice and the contributions made by modern psychology.

In addition, she participates in Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID) between Buddhists and Benedictines.  She presented at the Gethsemani IV encounter held in Kentucky, May 2015. 


Biography 

Becky is an oblate of Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota.  She taught high school for many years, completed the Internship in spiritual direction at Saint Benedict’s Spirituality Center, went on to earn a Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality at Creighton University with a certificate in spiritual direction, and since June 2013 is the director of Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction at Saint  John’s School of Theology.   Her special interest is making connections between psychology and spirituality.


Presentations

“Building Bridges -- Openness to God’s Presence: Insights from Buddhism”
   Spirituality Center, Saint Benedict's Monastery (Fall 2007)

"Working with God Image in Spiritual Direction"
    Spirituality Center, Saint Benedict's Monastery (Spring 2008)

“Building Bridges -- True Self – False Self: Insights from Buddhism”
    Spirituality Center, Saint Benedict's Monastery (Spring 2008)

"The Transition to Conscious Aging"
    Spirituality Center, Saint Benedict's Monastery (Fall 2012)

“Discernment of Spirits”
     Spirituality Center, Saint Benedict's Monastery (Winter 2014)

“Self-compassion”
    Teacher In-service, St. Francis School (Fall 2014) 
    Spiritual Directors’ In-service, Saint Benedict's Monastery (Winter 2015)
    Benedictine Novice and Directors Institute (Spring 2016)
    Oblate Day, Saint Benedict's Monastery (Spring 2017)

“Buddhist Wisdom for Christian Spiritual Directors”
    Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, Gethsemani IV (Spring 2015)
    Oblate Day, Saint Benedict's Monastery (Spring 2016)

“The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Prayer Styles”
     Campus Ministry, Saint John’s University (Fall 2015)
     Sophia Program, Saint Benedict’s Monastery (Spring 2016)

“A Benedictine Approach to Spirituality: Wisdom Deepened by Interfaith Dialogue”
    Theology Day, Saint John’s School of Theology (Spring 2016)

“Listening Others into Vocational Discernment”
     Benedictine Vocation Directors (Fall 2017)


Publications

“Buddhist wisdom for Christian spiritual directors.” Presence: An International Journal of
    
Spiritual Direction Vol. 22, No. 4 (December 2016).