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Father Eric Hollas

Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, is a monk and priest of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN. He was born in Oklahoma City and received his B.A. in history at Princeton University. Following seminary studies and ordination at Saint John’s University, he received the Ph.D. in medieval studies at Yale University. Since 1980 he has been a member of the faculty of the School of Theology and Department of Theology at Saint John’s University in Minnesota, and for nine years (1993-2002) he served as the executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s University. He currently serves as Deputy to the President for Advancement, at Saint John’s University. Among his many activities, Fr. Eric was instrumental in initiating The Saint John’s Bible, a project in which the monks of Saint John’s have commissioned Donald Jackson, scribe to the Queen of England, to create a hand-written and illuminated Bible. He has a thoughtful weekly blog, A Monk's Chronicle.
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Rev. Dr. Suzanne Castle

Suzanne is a self-professed Worship Junkie, greatly influenced by Schoolhouse Rock, Depeche Mode and Dr. Pepper. She is ordained in the Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ), and is extremely passionate about communion and the arts in worship settings. She loves the visual and movement arts and seeks to fuse ancient worship practices with current worship gatherings. She is proud to be the author of BRIM (www.brimproject.com) with her cohort, Andra Moran. Rev. Dr. Castle is a former professional ballerina and actress, and spends her time creating ways to live out being a revolutionary in the movement of Christ in unique ways. She received her education at West Texas State (A&M), Claremont School of Theology and The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. When not writing liturgy for all sorts of forms of church, she spends her life with her partner, Brian, her human daughter, Ava and her canine daughter, Jasmine in Fort Worth, Texas. Suzanne currently serves a combined Christian Church, (DOC) and Presbyterian Church (USA) called THE PARISH in Texas, as well as being the curator for REFUGE, a non-profit arts initiative. For more: www.suzannecastle.com