Leslye Colvin is a writer, spiritual companion, and contemplative activist.
She serves as the Policy Advocate for the National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Silver Spring, Maryland. Leslye has extensive experience in promoting mission and expanding outreach of a variety of sectors including faith-based non profit, government, corporate, and academia. Inspired by the Catholic social justice tradition, she is passionate about encouraging diversity of thought especially as it relates to those often marginalized within the community.
Leslye’s “Learning to See Beyond the Normative” is in Oneing — The Cosmic Egg, vol. 9 no. 2 of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s biannual journal. Her essay, “Life, Freedom and Dignity: Reflections of a Black American Catholic”, is included in The Catholic Women Speak Network’s Visions and Vocations published by Paulist Press on the occasion of the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment. She has also been published by National Catholic Reporter and U.S. Catholic.
Her blog, Leslye’s Labyrinth features writings from her African-American Catholic heart. She has been interviewed by America Magazine, U.S. Catholic Magazine, South Africa’s Radio Veritas, and Vatican Radio on the construct of race, as well as by author Olga M. Segura for the book Birth of A Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church.
A student at the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, Leslye is a graduate of the Living School for Action and Contemplation and the Haden Institute. She holds a M.A. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.
A native of Alabama, the land of the Muscogee, Leslye resides in Maryland, the land of the Piscataway, and worships with St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. She serves as Board co-chair for NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice.