Welcome to my web site. During the 2016-2017 academic year I am serving as the Patrick and Barbara Keenan Visiting Chair in Religious Education at the University of St. Michael’s College, in the University of Toronto.

The rest of the time I'm Professor of Educational Leadership at Luther Seminary, a Roman Catholic layperson who worships at St. Catherine University’s Our Lady of Victory Chapel in St. Paul, and who is involved with the St. Brigid Family Faith formation program. I am also the life partner of Eric Celeste, and the mother of two sons, Alex and Nathaniel. Alex lives with a right-sided hemi-paresis as the result of a stroke he endured near birth, and I have found the Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association site helpful. Alex is a graduate of St. John’s University, and Nathaniel is a student at Case Western Reserve University.

I have a fairly eclectic set of interests that span the gamut from arcane academic discussions of cultural studies to pop culture vegging. Check out my weblog for details.

I hope you're enjoying your way around the web. Peace.


Mary Elizabeth Hess