Joyce Rupp is well-known for her work as a writer, spiritual midwife, international retreat leader, and conference speaker. She is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Praying Our Goodbyes, Open the Door, and Fragments of Your Ancient Name. Rupp is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community and the codirector of the Institute of Compassionate Presence. She resides in Des Moines, Iowa.
Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B., is a popular retreat guide and author and makes her home with the monastic community of St. Scholastica in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The Benedictine traditions of deep listening to the word of God and hospitality toward all of life form the roots of her writing and retreat ministry. Wiederkehr is the best-selling author of several books, including Seven Sacred Pauses and The Circle of Life, which she coauthored with Joyce Rupp.
Mary Southard, C.S.J., is a painter, sculptor, and retreat director.