Deborah Wilhelm, DMin, is Adjunct Professor of Preaching and Evangelization at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, where she also co-directs the Delaplane Preaching Initiative; in addition, she lectures in practical theology at Loyola University New Orleans. She is co-author, with Bishop Sylvester Ryan, of Preaching Matters: A Praxis for Preachers, and co-author of the upcoming 2023 Year A edition of Living the Word. Deborah has also authored numerous chapters and articles for scholarly, professional, and general-audience publications, and she’s currently editing a book on preaching and racism as part of a Lilly Endowment-funded project with Aquinas Institute. She preaches monthly at the Dominican site theWord, and she speaks and leads retreats as time permits.
As a Camaldolese Benedictine oblate, Deborah strives to live as a beginner in all things and to receive those who cross her path as Christ. (Note the word “strives,” which is not quite the same as “succeeds”!) Her interests are ecumenical, environmental, and educational.
Deborah and her husband live in a rural area of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where the rivers are spectacular, the blackberries delicious, the wine exquisite, and the rain constant. They enjoy the company of their golden retriever, Maggie, as well as the daily parade of local turkeys, the occasional appearance of elk, and especially the visits of their family and friends.