Nancy Usselmann, fsp

Official Website of  Author, Blogger, and National Speaker

Become Cultural Mystics


A Sacred Look: Becoming 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.



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,

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. 

Upcoming Events

  • Digital Discipleship: Becoming Cultural Mystics
    Anaheim Convention Center - Hall D
    Mar 24, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Anaheim Convention Center - Hall D, 1850 S West St, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
    Presentation at LA Religious Education Conference, Anaheim
  • The Shack-A Cinematic Retreat
    Pauline Books & Media
    Mar 16, 2019, 9:30 AM – 4:10 PM
    Pauline Books & Media, 3908 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230, USA
    Sr Nancy offers a full day retreat using the film, The Shack as a means for reflection and prayer.
  • Digital Discipleship: Becoming Cultural Mystics
    Christ Cathedral Campus
    Mar 14, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Christ Cathedral Campus, 13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840, USA
    featured speaker at Catholics@Work-OC
  • Author Presentation Event
    Pauline Books & Media
    Feb 15, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Pauline Books & Media, 115 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016, USA
    I will be speaking about how we can all become cultural mystics today!
  • A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics
    The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
    Feb 13, 2019, 7:00 PM
    The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, 18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, USA
    presentation at the Sheen Center, NYC-Author event
  • Digital Discipleship: Becoming Cultural Mystics @ Theology on Tap, NYC
    The Churchill Tavern
    Feb 11, 2019, 7:00 PM
    The Churchill Tavern, 45 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016, USA
    Theology on Tap, NYC
  • Keynote: Radiate '18 Conference, St Dominic's Church, San Francisco
    St. Dominic's Catholic Church
    Oct 12, 2018, 7:00 PM
    St. Dominic's Catholic Church, 2390 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
    Digital Discipleship: Becoming Cultural Mystics
  • Author Talk & Book Signing - Dedham, MA
    Pauline Books & Media
    Aug 25, 2018, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Pauline Books & Media, 885 Providence Hwy, Dedham, MA 02026, USA
    Become a Cultural Mystic today!
  • Author Talk & Book Signing - Chicago, IL
    Pauline Books & Media
    Aug 13, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Pauline Books & Media, 172 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
    Become a Cultural Mystic today!


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Tel: 347-403-2355 | FB: @nancyusselmann |

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