Mary Deeley Pastoral Associate & Director Christ the Teacher Institute

Pastoral Associate and Director of the Christ the Teacher Institute

Mary earned a music degree from Dominican University, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD in Hebrew Scripture and Early Christian Literature from Northwestern University.  She has an abiding love for ministry
and scripture and joined the staff as Pastoral Associate in 1997.

Prior to working at Sheil, Mary put her degrees in music, ministry and scripture to use as both a campus minister and college and seminary professor of Scripture (specializing in Hebrew Bible), ministry, preaching and spirituality. Her experience provides an excellent background for her work at Sheil where she directs the Catholic Scholars Program, teaches in the Institute, and works with students and others in discernment, leadership development, spiritual direction, and formation. In addition, Mary brings her expertise in scripture to Bible Study program, on retreats and to the many conversations about faith within the Sheil community. She is a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences on such diverse topics as evangelization, discernment, preaching, liturgical and Celtic Spirituality, prayer, ministry, and leadership and continues to teach in the area as time permits.

Mary is the author of three books: Mothers, Lovers, Priests, Prophets, and Kings:  What the Old Testament Tells Us About God and Ourselves, Daybreaks:  Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas, and Remembering God: Resting in the Midst of Life all published by Liguori Press, as well as numerous reflections and articles on the bible, lectionary readings, scripture, campus ministry, and young adults.

Mary welcomes conversation with students and associates in a variety of contexts such as firesides, retreats, classes, discussions, one-on-one counseling and spiritual direction. You can follow her on twitter @mkdpa and you can reach her at or (847) 328-4648.