Dr. Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM

Elizabeth Lierbert

Professor of Spiritual Life

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

eliebert@sfts.edu | 415.451.2880

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Elizabeth Liebert is committed, as Professor of Spiritual Life, to offering resources to future leaders of the church to help them understand and deepen their own spiritual grounding and to extend their ministries of spiritual nurture and care of their congregations and other ministries. Her current research centers on aspects of the academic discipline of Christian Spirituality, and, in particular, on the practice of discernment, both personally in in institutional settings. She is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) an educationally oriented Roman Catholic women’s religious congregation.

Orientation to Theological Education
Discernment: Systems and Nature
Art of Discernment
Spiritual Life and Leadership (5 different emphases taught in rotation: Biblical prayer through Lectio Divina, Contemplative Listening, Personal Discernment in Community (Clearness Committee), Centering Prayer, and Social Discernment)


  • The Soul of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Communities and Institutions (Westminster John Knox, 2016)
  • The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making (Westminster John Knox, 2008)
  • Exploring Christian Spirituality: Essays in Honor of Sandra M. Schneiders, with Bruce Lescher (Paulist Press, 2006)
  • A Retreat with the Psalms: Resources for Personal and Communal Prayer, with John Endres (Paulist Press, 2001)
  • The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women, with Katherine Dyckman and Mary Garvin (Paulist Press, 2001)
  • Changing Life Patterns: Adult Development in Spiritual Direction (Paulist Press, 1992, Revised Edition, Chalice Press, 2000)


Personal Discernment, Discernment and Systems, the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola