Francesca Debora Nuzzolese
Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Care
Th.D. (Pastoral Counseling): Columbia Theological Seminary
Th.M.: Melbourne College of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia
Bachelor of Divinity: Ruschlikon Theological Seminary , Zurich, Switzerland
Diploma in Classical Studies: Liceo Classico Cagnazzi di Altamura, Altamura, Italy
"What excites me most about teaching in the areas of pastoral care and spritiual formation is the opportunity to engage in a journey of formation and transformation, which involves not only my students, but also myself. As we work together to integrate spiritual growth and the commitment to serve God and neighbor, we become a community of seekers, enriched and challenged by the new things we learn about God, about ourselves, and about the ministries we are called to do."
Dr. Francesca Nuzzolese's professional experience includes extensive experience in chaplaincy and pastoral psychotherapy, theological education, mission work, and (more recently) spiritual direction. Her work and ministry has taken place in a variety of cultural and denominational contexts, and over a few continents - which include Europe, Australia, and the USA. Her primary forms of ministry are currently in theological education and spiritual formation, and in private practice as a spiritual guide and pastoral counselor. As an ordained clergy, she is also involved in leading spiritual retreats and lecturing and teaching on psycho-social issues, here and overseas.
Dr. Nuzzolese is the recipient of a 2006 Wabash Grant for pre-tenure faculty. Her academic writings appear in The Journal of Pastoral Psychology, The Journal of Pastoral Theology, the Baptist Witness of Australia, and in Women out of Order (Fortress Press, 2009).
She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Pastoral Theology, Spiritual Director Internationals, and The Guild for Spiritual Guidance (serving on its steering committee).
Her love and knowledge of the world and its variety of cultures, customs, foods, and languages make her somewhat a “citizen of the world.” This multicultural identity is a gift she shares with our Palmer Community, as well as the international community at large.