Nancy Usselmann, fsp
Official Website of Author, Blogger, and National Speaker
Become Cultural Mystics
When you see words and phrases like ‘cultural mysticism,’ ‘transcendence,’ and ‘TV as art’ on the contents page, there is an urge to look further. Sister Nancy continues a fine US Christian tradition, both Catholic and Protestant: the quest for meaning in movies. She extends this search in this social media age to a wide range of communications and popular arts.
Cinema Desk for SIGNIS, World Catholic Association for Communications
Sister Nancy’s unique approach to popular culture and spirituality is a revelation. We so seldom think that we can all be theologians and mystics, but Nancy leads us to wonder about God's self-communication and presence in storytelling, and introduces ways of seeing our world that lead to contemplation, reflection, prayer, and action.
ROSE PACATTE, FSP
Film Critic, National Catholic Reporter & St. Anthony Messenger
Sister Nancy offers a monumental contribution to the literature of Spiritual Formation and Theology of Film. Her insight, gained by an impressive immersion in both fields of inquiry, plunges her into creating an expanded and enlarged perspective of the Church's participation in everyday cultural rituals and society's craving for meaning. Her writing places her in the trajectory of Lay Theology as well as the Catholic Imagination. This masterful examination of entertainment art as theological source in the service of mysticism deserves wide circulation and a long shelf life. Mystics everywhere along with pop culture enthusiasts are looking for and dancing to this gift from a servant of the Sacred.
President, Culture Connection
Sr. Nancy Usselmann is a Daughter of St. Paul and the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, California. She is a media literacy education specialist and theologian, a national speaker, blogger, and reviewer of films on
Sr. Nancy is a member of the elite Catholic Speakers Organization, CatholicSpeakers.com.
She gives numerous presentations, workshops, retreats, and media events all around the country to youth, young adults, teachers, catechists, and ministers helping to create that dialogue between our faith and the digital media culture in which we live, work, and are entertained.