Michelle Sherman (she/her) is the program director for nonviolence and campus outreach at Pax Christi USA. She is also a retreat presenter and spiritual director.

Born in the Philippines and raised in St. Louis, MO; she has been formed, educated, and nurtured by several women’s religious communities including the Sisters of the Precious Blood in St. Louis and the Sisters of the Holy Cross at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN.  Michelle served as a lay missioner in New York City at Mother Cabrini High School with the Cabrini Sisters (MSC) and then directed the vocation and volunteer ministry program of the Religious of the Assumption (RA). She currently works for Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement, and collaborates with the global Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.

She completed the Spiritual Direction Formation program with the Sisters of Mercy and holds an MA in Theology and Ministry from Villanova University. As a transnational and transracial adoptee, part of Michelle’s practice includes holding space for other adoptees and the ways in which this experience shapes and informs our spiritualities and spiritual practices. Michelle is also a certified facilitator in the JourneyDance™ movement practice. She is a member of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network and Spiritual Directors International.

Michelle is a Lay Marianist and teaches a course on spiritual direction at the University of Dayton. She currently serves on the leadership team of the Pax Christi Young Adult Caucus (PCYAC) and on the boards of both Bridgefolk (a grassroots network of Mennonites and Roman Catholics) and the Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning. She enjoys knitting, gardening, and haiku poetry and has an Instagram account where she writes haiku poetry and reflections on her garden: @gardenhaikuswithmichelle.



January 1, 2024

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

After all, who taught Jesus to grow into the person he became? Who nurtured in him the ways of peace, justice, and equity? Who perhaps modeled the message of radical embrace and nonviolent inclusion, and enduring love?

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