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. 


The Pastoral Art of the English Mystics (first published in 1987 as Three Spiritual Directors for our Time)
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
Life in Christ: Practicing Christian Spirituality (Church Publishing, 2018  

Research Interests

History and Practice of Christian Spirituality
The Intersection of Spirituality and Pastoral Practice
Pastoral Leadership in a Changing Church Landscape  

Parish/Pastoral Ministry

Before coming to Sewanee in 2004, Gatta served for 25 years in a variety of parish ministries in the Diocese of Connecticut. In the 1980s and 90s she represented The Episcopal Church in a few of the ecumenical dialogues, and for many years she has worked as a spiritual director and retreat leader.