Speaking endorsements and info

Speaking endorsements:

I became familiar with Prof. Windley-Daoust when I read her book Theology of the Body Extended. I was stunned at the mingling of profound philosophical understanding, the clarity of expression, and application of the beautiful concepts she develops to experiences most of us have. Her work will certainly help others understand and appreciate more fully what they experience.  She is a clear speaker and utilizes visual aides very well to help the audience follow along. It is a rare person who can speak to highly trained intellectuals and to those living life in the trenches.  Prof. Windley-Daoust is that person.

Prof. Janet E. Smith, Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics
Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI


Susan’s spiritual direction work is so important! With a particular sensibility to embodiment, (dis)ability and family, she shares her knowledge of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola with individuals and groups. Her approach is the work of the Exercises is simultaneously empathetic, relatable, and grounded in both theology and experience.  

Eric T. Styles, Rector, University of Notre Dame, and Ignatian spiritual director


As my first graduate theology professor, Susan Windley-Daoust lit the spark that made me fall in love with theology. Open to questions and challenging students toward fuller reflection, she engages diverse themes in an enthusiastic and accessible way. In her classroom, I was not only given seeds of knowledge, but the tools for it to form deep roots and flourish.

Christine Falk Dalessio, doctoral candidate, Theology, University of Dayton


If anyone would like to have me speak for their conference, parish, retreat center, or diocese, please feel free to contact me!

I teach and research full time, so my availability is somewhat limited. However, I would be very interested in offering talks on the following topics, in a variety of formats (a retreat or mission setting, continuing ed for priests, pastoral ministers and spiritual directors, hospice or hospital chaplaincy training, academic presentation):

Possible speaking topics:

What is the Theology of the Body?
The Spirituality of the Theology of the Body
The Theology of the Body and Spiritual Direction
The Theology of the Birthing Body
The Theology of the Dying Body
The Theology of the Sick or Impaired Body
The Theology of the Body and the Ignatian Exercises
The Theology of the Body and John of the Cross
Prayer and the New Evangelization
Mysticism in Everyday Life
Who is the Holy Spirit? (this is more of a vocational talk)
The forgotten war: Ignatius of Loyola’s spiritual warfare
The Spirituality of Humor
Physician Assisted Suicide’s Five Tricks of the Heart

If you would like a preview (outline) of the talks, please talk to me. They are tailored to the audience and event. And if you have a topic you would like me to tackle, please ask. This list is not exhaustive; and on the undergraduate level, I teach broadly. It may be possible!

Costs would be negotiated, but travel, simple room and board if necessary, and a stipend would be expected in most cases.

My email for speaking inquiries is swindley@smumn.edu.


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