Jung Eun Sophia Park, SNJM, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Holy Names University in Oakland, California.  She earned a PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Along with teaching undergraduate students, she serves as a spiritual director with those who experience immigration and dislocation, as well as those who are exploring new ways of crossing cultural spirituality. As a scholar, spiritual director, a person of hybrid cultures, and a Holy Names sister, her publications embrace a wide spectrum. She authored Dislocation as Experience: Constructing a Hybrid Identity Creating a Borderland Space (New York: Peter Lang, 2010) and Border Crossing Spirituality: Transformation in Borderland (Eugene, OR: Wipf Stock, 2016).  Reflecting on her twenty years of spiritual direction and retreat ministry with women in Korea and the US, she published, Beauty of the Broken 부서진것의아름다움 (Seoul, South Korea: Marianist, 2015), and Considerate Chat: How Women Experience Transformation through Storytelling 사려깊은수다: 여성은이야기를통해어떻게성장하나 (Seoul, South Korea: Yellow Bric, 2016) in Korean.  Through her lens of intercultural encountering and transformation, Sophia has written on cross spiritual direction and religious life including, “Cross Cultural Spiritual Direction: Dance with a Beast,” in Presence and “Religious Life as Border Crossing,” in New Theology. She is currently preparing a new book, Frames of Emerging Religious Life in the US, written from a global perspective with Sr. Tere Maya, President of LCWR.  As a part of her teaching course, Social Justice and Spirituality, she travels every year for spring break with her students to Tutwiler, Mississippi, a mission area of the Holy Names Sisters for a Habitat for Humanity project. She also continues to research her topic of liminal space through her field work with Korean shamans every summer.



May 6, 2018

Sixth Sunday of Easter

In the spirit of discernment and listening, when we dare to cross boundaries and to embrace the stranger or the unfamiliar, we can remain in love of Jesus. And we can make a fresh new song to the Lord.

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