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Give Us This Day is published by Liturgical Press, internationally known for its publications for the popular, pastoral, and scholarly audiences. With a committed staff, the support of Saint John's Abbey, and the grace of God, Liturgical Press has carried on its mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ since 1926.

Editorial Advisors

Fr. James Martin, SJ
Bishop Robert Morneau
Kathleen Norris
Sr. Irene Nowell, OSB
Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP
Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Monthly Contributors

Sr. Susan Barber, OSB
Robert Ellsberg
Fr. James Martin, SJ
Sr. Irene Nowell, OSB

Staff

Peter Dwyer
Mary Stommes
Catherine Donovan
Br. Aelred Senna, OSB
Sue Kuefler
Fr. James Martin, SJ

In addition to serving as an editorial advisor to Give Us This Day, James Martin writes the popular monthly “Teach Us to Pray” column. He is editor-at-large of America magazine and author of many books, including Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and a new collection of his columns from Give Us This Day entitled In All Seasons, For All Reasons.

Bishop Robert F. Morneau

An editorial advisor and frequent contributor to Give Us This Day, Robert F. Morneau is pastor of Resurrection Parish in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Green Bay. A reader and writer of poetry and prose, Bishop Morneau is the author of numerous books and is one of the U.S. Catholic Church’s premier speakers and writers on stewardship.

Kathleen Norris

An editorial advisor and frequent contributor to Give Us This Day, Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet, writer, and author of The New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk; Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life; Dakota: A Spiritual Geography; and Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith. Norris is an oblate of Saint Benedict and regularly speaks to students, medical professionals, chaplains, and other groups.

Sr. Irene Nowell, OSB

A member of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas, Sr. Irene Nowell wears many Give Us This Day hats! She is an editorial advisor, the liturgical editor (selecting the Scripture texts for morning and evening prayer each month), and a frequent contributor. Sr. Irene is author of numerous books, most recently Wisdom: The Good Life and Pleading, Cursing, Praising: Conversing with God through the Psalms.

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP

An editorial advisor and frequent contributor to Give Us This Day, Timothy Radcliffe is former master general of the Order of Preachers. He is the author of numerous books, including Stations of the Cross (with art by Martin Erspamer, OSB) and Take the Plunge: Living Baptism and Confirmation. In 2015 Pope Francis named Radcliffe a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

An editorial advisor and frequent contributor to Give Us This Day, Ronald Rolheiser is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community builder, lecturer, and writer. Rolheiser’s numerous award-winning books include Sacred Fire, The Holy Longing, and Against an Infinite Horizon, and his weekly syndicated column is carried by more than eighty newspapers worldwide.

Sr. Susan Barber, OSB

A member of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas, Sr. Susan Barber composes the daily intercessions in Give Us This Day. One of her community’s organists, Sr. Susan holds a Master of Arts degree in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and studied organ with Phillip Kloeckner at the University of Chicago. She also teaches piano and organ lessons at Benedictine College in Atchison.

Robert Ellsberg

Publisher of Orbis Books, Robert Ellsberg writes the popular “Blessed Among Us” feature in Give Us This Day. Ellsberg is author of numerous books, including Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses and The Saints Guide to Happiness. He is editor of The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, Modern Spiritual Masters: Writings on Contemplation and Compassion, and many other books.

Fr. James Martin, SJ

In addition to serving as an editorial advisor to Give Us This Day, James Martin writes the popular monthly “Teach Us to Pray” column. He is editor-at-large of America magazine and author of many books, including Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and a new collection of his columns from Give Us This Day entitled In All Seasons, For All Reasons.

Sr. Irene Nowell, OSB

A member of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas, Sr. Irene Nowell wears many Give Us This Day hats! She is an editorial advisor, the liturgical editor (selecting the Scripture texts for morning and evening prayer each month), and a frequent contributor. Sr. Irene is author of numerous books, most recently Wisdom: The Good Life and Pleading, Cursing, Praising: Conversing with God through the Psalms.

Peter Dwyer

Give Us This Day publisher, Peter Dwyer, joined Liturgical Press as marketing manager in 1989, and has served as director of the Press since 2001. Prior to joining Liturgical Press he worked in magazine publishing in Minneapolis and New York.

Mary Stommes

In addition to her role as editor of Give Us This Day, Mary Stommes appears frequently in the roster of writers. Prior to the founding of Give Us This Day in 2010, she was managing editor of Liturgical Press’s book division. Mary and her husband, Elmer, are the parents of four adult children and also the grandparents of four.

Catherine Donovan

Cathy Donovan joined Liturgical Press as associate publisher of Give Us This Day in 2012. She spent over 25 years in parish ministry before joining Liturgical Press.

Br. Aelred Senna, OSB

A monk of Saint John’s Abbey, Br. Aelred Senna, OSB, was the former associate publisher and now serves as associate editor, for Give Us This Day. His pre-monastery background is in marketing, educational publishing, and curriculum development.

Sue Kuefler

Sue Kuefler has served as publishing assistant for Give Us This Day since its inception in 2010.