Becky Van Ness

Adjunct Instructor of Theology
Director, Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction

B.A., History, Carelton College, 1973
M.A.T., History & Education, Northwestern University, 1976
M.S., Mathematics & Education, St. Cloud State University, 1989
M.A., Christian Spirituality, Creighton University, 2008 with Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Office: Luke Hall 205
Phone Number: 320-363-3559
Email: [email protected]

Areas of Teaching and Research
  • Becky is interested in making connections between psychology and spirituality.
  • Becky has studied and researched the topic of discernment, especially what is often termed the “discernment of spirits,” from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Her study has included the theological foundation for discernment, the history of discernment as a Christian practice and the contributions made by modern psychology.

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Full List of Publications Here

  • “Listening Others into Vocational Discernment”, at Benedictine Vocation Directors (Fall 2017).
  • “A Benedictine Approach to Spirituality: Wisdom Deepened by Interfaith Dialogue”, at Theology Day, Saint John’s School of Theology (Spring 2016).
  • “The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Prayer Styles”, at Campus Ministry, Saint John’s University (Fall 2015), and at the Sophia Program, Saint Benedict’s Monastery (Spring 2016).
Other Publications
  • “Buddhist wisdom for Christian spiritual directors.” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction Vol. 22, No. 4 (December 2016).