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Leader in Catholic Media Speaks on Trauma and Community

February 16, 2021

Nicole SoteloThis year’s Benedictine Heritage Lecture addresses community in troubled times. Nicole Sotelo, a leading figure in U.S. Catholic media, will speak on “All Should Rise Together: Community, Trauma, and What Holds Us Together” Thursday, February 25, 2021, 7:00 p.m. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to register for the virtual lecture.

Sotelo holds degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard Divinity School and currently serves in campus ministry at the Sheil Catholic Center of Northwestern University. A former columnist for the “National Catholic Reporter” newspaper, she was part of the Young Voices series that received multiple Catholic Press Association awards. She has served in Catholic communications ministry at Saint Scholastica Monastery, a Benedictine community of women religious, and numerous other Catholic organizations. Sotelo is the author of “Women Healing from Abuse: Meditations for Finding Peace” and “Pray Your Way Through Forgiveness.” Her website supports Catholic women abuse survivors and offers resources for healing with faith.

“We are greatly honored to have Nicole Sotelo join us for this year’s Benedictine Heritage Lecture,” says Dr. Peter Huff, Chief Mission Officer and professor of theology at Benedictine University. “She is an incisive commentator on faith in public life and a marvelous exemplar of our shared Benedictine values. Her insights into trauma and healing will inspire anyone yearning for the cause of true community and justice in church and society.”

The annual Benedictine Heritage Lecture is part of Benedict and Scholastica Week, a week promoting awareness and appreciation of the Benedictine tradition leading up to Benedictine University’s Founders Day. Previous lecturers in the series have included Sister Susan Quaintance (Saint Scholastica Monastery), Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown (Naropa University), and Rosalie Riegle, author of “Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace.”

Nicole Sotelo’s appearance at Benedictine is sponsored by the Office of University Mission and supported by a grant from Saint Procopius Abbey. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Peter Huff at 603-829-6664 or


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