B.A., St. Mary's College, Notre Dame; M.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., Cornell University; M.Div., Episcopal Divinity School


Julia Gatta is the Bishop Frank A. Juhan Professor of Pastoral Theology in the School of Theology, the University of the South, Sewanee. An Episcopal priest, she served parishes in Connecticut for 25 years before moving to Sewanee. She holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University. Mother Gatta is the author of The Pastoral Art of the English Mystics (first published in 1987 as Three Spiritual Directors for our Time) and The Nearness of God: Parish Ministry as Spiritual Practice (2010). Go in Peace: The Art of Hearing Confessions, written in collaboration with Martin Smith, appeared in 2012. Her most recent publication is Life in Christ: Practicing Christian Spirituality.