“I took time to really let the loveliness of the church work its way into me. It is a cathedral full of tenderness and peace.” These words, written in 1979, express my continued experience of this magnificent cathedral that has supported so much growth, joy, connection, and faith.
Returning in 1996 to learn more about the medieval labyrinth that spans the nave, I rediscovered how spending time in the cathedral helped me to love Christ more deeply and serve God more fully.
Prayer each morning and evening in the cathedral created the foundation for all the study I have done in Chartres these past twenty years. Photographing the beauty of this church and its congregational life has helped to form my deep appreciation for the potential of this sacred space. Combining my pastoral heart for the spiritual needs of pilgrims with my academic curiosity allows me to imagine visits that blend learning, art, faith, ritual, and gratitude. Welcoming and guiding pilgrims who come to Chartres to pray is both a privilege and a joy.