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John Shea

About John (Jack) Shea

John (Jack) Shea is a consultant with decades of experience in providing theological and formation services to parishes and faith-based organizations. He has published over twenty books of theology and spirituality, three works of fiction, and three books of poetry.  

He has served as the Executive Director of Program Design and Implementation for the Ministry Leadership Center; the Advocate Healthcare Senior Scholar in Residence at the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics; research professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University of Chicago; and Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. He has also taught at the University of Notre Dame and Boston College. 

Jack also lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based health care, contemporary spirituality, and the spirit and work movement. 

But Jack Shea is, without a doubt, a theologian and storyteller. 

And when Jack tells stories he engages our imagination, our intellect and our soul. 

When we listen to him or read his writing, we are very often in real danger of beginning to see things in a new way, a more profound way, and a more life-giving way. 

That also makes him the best kind of teacher.

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About the Author

"This meditation on the Our Father ("To Dare the our Father: A Transformative Spiritual Practice") is vintage Shea: theologically astute, spiritually alert, deeply attuned to the needs and aspirations of the human heart.  Anyone interested in cultivating a more intentional relationship with God should read this book."

Bishop Robert Barron

Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angelos

About the Poet

"Jack's Prayer poems... are deeply religious and deeply rooted in our life experience.  They confront, they shock, they challenge, but they also embrace, console and comfort.  They speak about Jesus, Magdalene, Peter and the prodigal son, but they also speak about traffic jams, waiting children, old people's homes and Humphrey bogart.  They are serious but full of humor​, pointing to deep meanings, but staying very close to the street on which we live."

Henry Nouwen

Yale University Divinity School

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