About Jill

“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.

Students in front of the west portal of the Chartres Cathedral

Junior Year in France students visit Chartres. Jill is on the left side in the middle.

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.

Threshold stone, Chartres Labyrinth

The threshold stone of the Chartres labyrinth

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.

Consult Jill’s Schedule for upcoming events
Read what pilgrims are saying about Jill’s guiding
Review Jill’s Resume
New in 2017: Visions of Mary, Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral
Look inside: Read the Introduction and Chapter One

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