Dr. Shanon Sterringer is the Founder and Executive Director of The HILDEGARDEN, a non-profit holistic spiritual center in Northeast Ohio.

She holds a Ph.D. (2016) from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dissertation was entitled Empowered by the Living Light: Who Was the 12th Century Nun, Hildegard of Bingen and What Does She Have to Say to Ecclesial Leadership Today?  and received the  2017 Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Award. She holds a Doctor of Ministry (2012) and Master of Arts in theology (2017), both from St. Mary's Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Cleveland, OH. She also holds a Master of Arts in Ministry from Ursuline College in Pepperpike, OH (2011).  

In addition to her role at The HILDEGARDEN, Sterringer is a Cleveland Diocesan certified Roman Catholic Lay Ecclesial Minister and has served as in parish ministry for 20 years. She is married with 3 daughters (ages 15, 19, 24).  

In 2016 Sterringer self-published An Enchanted Journey, describing the call (vocation) to walk in the footsteps of St. Hildegard and Hildegard at the Hive.  



September 17, 2017

Memorial of St. Hildegard

The call to be light, to be prophetic, to be a friend of God is not a call reserved for a few – it is not only the call of the ordained and religious – it is a call to each one of us. It is your call and it is mine

April 2, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Lent

I believe the examples of Martha and Mary are not presented to us in these texts to be compared as though one is superior to the other, as they are often interpreted. But rather, they need to be read through a holistic lens.

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