Ann GarridoAnn Garrido, D.Min.

Associate Professor of Homiletics / Formation Director for MAPS-CGS


  • D.Min. in Preaching (Aquinas Institute of Theology, 2003)
  • M.Div. (Aquinas Institute of Theology, 1999)
  • B.A. (Kalamazoo College, 1991)

I first came to Aquinas Institute in 1994 as a neophyte religion teacher in the Catholic education system in Guam, Micronesia. Twenty years some odd years later, I still am learning and growing here!

While completing my doctorate, I joined the regular faculty of the school in 2000 to teach pastoral theology and homiletics. I have also served in a variety of administrative capacities including, at one time or the other, Director of Field Education, Director of the Aquinas Ministry Integration Project, Director of Distance Learning, Director of the Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, Director of MAPS-CGS, and Chair of Curriculum and Program Development. This propensity to end up time and again in administrative roles led me to want to engage others in theological reflection on the spirituality of administration, and eventually to write the book Redeeming Administration (Ave Maria Press, 2013). I have been privileged to work with numerous dioceses, ecumenical groups, and religious congregations around this topic.

Among the various programs at Aquinas within which I’ve been honored to serve, I have a particular ongoing commitment to the MAPS-CGS program, launched in 2005 to provide leadership development for the international Catechesis of the Good Shepherd movement. At this point in time we have had approximately forty catechists graduate from this one-of-a-kind program, and another twelve are currently completing their studies. Our CGS students have come from Canada, Norway, and across the U.S.—everywhere from California to Martha’s Vineyard, Alaska to Alabama. I enjoy coordinating the spiritual formation component of this program and the way that it allows me to continue to pursue research on the theological underpinnings of the CGS movement, especially its co-founder Sofia Cavalletti, whose centenary birthday we mark this year.

Much of my current energy is devoted to the question of healthy conflict within the Christian communities. I am interested in developing a theology of conversation that is consonant with our theology of communion, and identifying practices of communication that Christians can embed into daily life as part of their baptismal commitment. My most recent book Redeeming Conflict (Ave Maria Press, 2016) addresses these questions.

Professional Affiliations

  • Consultant, Triad Consulting Group – Cambridge, MA
  • Formation Committee, National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Books Published

  • Living Gospel – Lent (forthcoming 2018)
  • Living Gospel – Advent (Ave Maria Press, 2016)
  • Redeeming Conflict (Ave Maria Press, 2016)
  • Preaching to the Choir (New Priory Press, 2014)
  • Redeeming Administration (Ave Maria Press, 2013)
  • A Concise Guide to Supervising a Ministry Student (Ave Maria Press, 2008)
  • Mustard Seed Preaching (LTP, 2005)
  • The Theology of Priesthood [co-edited with Fr. Don Goergen] (Liturgical Press, 2000)

Recent Articles/Essays

  • “Doctrinal and Catechetical Preaching,” with Fr. Michael E. Connors, in A Handbook for Catholic Preaching.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016 (pp. 124-133)
  • “Pursuing Truth in Dialogue,” in Nostra Aetate: Celebrating 50 Yeas of the Catholic Church’s Dialogue with Jews and Muslims.  Eds. Pim Valkenberg and Anthony Cirelli. Washington, DC: CUA Press, 2016 (pp. 270-279)
  • “De-escalating Conflict in the Workplace,” Health Progress, 2016
  • “Speaking Up in Parish Life,” GIA Quarterly, Spring 2016
  •  “Preaching and Children,” in We Preach Christ Crucified, edited by Michael Connors, CSC. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014 (pp. 206-214)
  •  “Conversation Peace: Practicing What We Preach in Resolving Conflicts,” (with Sheila Heen) America Magazine, January 4-11, 2010

Recent Presentations

  • “Spirituality of Administration,” Holy Cross Institute, St. Edward’s College, April 2017
  • “Redeeming Conflict,” Archdiocese of Seattle, February 2017
  • “The Spiritual Practices of Administrators,” Archdiocese of Vancouver, December 2016
  • “Mentoring in Ministry” and “Redeeming Conflict,” University of Dallas Congress, September 2016
  •  “Challenging Conversations” and “Mentoring in Ministry,” Los Angeles RE Congress, February, 2016
  • “Spirituality of Children” Murray Institute Colloquium, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN, October, 2015
  • “Welcoming the Richness of the Child in the Church”  Mackey Marianist Lecture, Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, November, 2014
  •  “Embracing Conversion” Keynote Address, National Pastoral Musicians Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, July 2014