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Anthony Lilles, STD

Academic Dean/Associate Professor of Moral Theology


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BA, Theology – Franciscan University
STL – Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
STD, Spiritual Theology – Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas

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Anthony Lilles, S.T.D. has served the Church and assisted in the formation of clergy since 1994, and now previously served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as Academic Dean of St. John’s Seminary, associate professor of theology and Academic Advisor of Juan Diego House. The son of a California farmer, married with young adult children, he holds a BA in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with both the ecclesiastical licentiate and doctorate in spiritual theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the Angelicum). He was a founding faculty member of Saint John Vianney Seminary in Denver where he also served as academic dean, department chair, director of liturgy and coordinator of spiritual formation for the permanent deacon program. He has recently published Hidden Mountain Secret Garden, Omaha: Discerning Hearts (2012) and co-authored with Dan Burke 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road (2015). He blogs at www.beginningtopray.com and www.rcspirtualdirection.com.

Conference/Workshop Presentations

2020     Women Mystics in the Life of the Church

2020     Heart of the World

2019     St. John of the Cross and Hans Urs von Balthasar

2018     Seminar Retreat on Elisabeth of the Trinity, Discerning Hearts, Schuyler, NB, Director

2017     When the Christian Faith Takes Flesh: Journeying with Christ Towards the World, Seminar Retreat on Adrienne von Spyer co-hosted by Casa Balthasar and Discerning Hearts, Schuyler NB, presentation of Two Sisters of the Spirit

2011     Seminar on Pastoral and Spiritual Formation, submitted white paper, Institute of Priestly Formation, Omaha, NE

2010     Keynote: Nature of Theological Education Today, U. Sacramento

2009     Seminar Participant, Fides et Ratio Seminar on the Priesthood, Faith and Reason Institute, Estes Park, CO

2006     Colloque "Elisabeth de Dijon… fascinée par Dieu, proche de tous": «Je serai heureuse de t’aider à triompher…» (with round table discussion in) la Palais des Etats et des Ducs de Bourgogne,   Dijon, France.

Selected Publications


Forward, Fr. Jean LaFrance, Give Peace to My Soul: Discover Elizabeth of the Trinity’s Secret of Prayer, trans. Florestine Audette, Boston, MA: Pauline Books and Media (new revised edition, date t.b.a.)

Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom, Manchester, New Hampshire: Sophia (2016)

Forward, Sr. Giovanna della Croce, O.C.D., Elizabeth of the Trinity: A Life of Praise to God, trans. Julie Enzler, Manchester, New Hamphshire: Sophia (2016).

30 Days with St. Therese of Lisieux: Living the Mystery of Merciful Love, co-authored with Daniel Burke, Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road (2016)

30 Days with St. Teresa of Avila, co-authored with Daniel Burke, Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road (2015)

Hidden Mountain Secret Garden: a theological contemplation on prayer, Omaha, NE: Discerning Hearts (2012, Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat 2013)


Print Articles and Reviews:

“St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and Contemplative Prayer, Part III: Deep Silence” Catechetical Review, Steubenville: Jan.-Mar. Vol. 4, No. 1, 2018.

“St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and Contemplative Prayer, Part II: Adoration – Losing Self, Finding Peace” Catechetical Review, Steubenville: Oct.-Dec., Vol. 3, No. 4, 2017.

“St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and Contemplative Prayer, Part I: A Spiritual Mission for our Time” Catechetical Review, Steubenville: Jul. – Sept., Vol. 3, No. 3, 2017.

“A Letter from a Roman Border Jail” Angelus, Los Angeles: The Tidings, vol. 2, No. 32, Sept. 22, 2017

“Interior Recollection as a Means of Peace: the Witness of Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity”, St. Andrew Abbey Valyermo Chronicle, No. 252, Spring 2017

“St. Anthony of Egypt” St. Andrew Abbey Valyermo Chronicle, No. 244, Spring 2015.

“Spiritual Direction in the Seminary” Seminary Journal, 19:1, 2013, 7-15

“Vigilant for the Bridegroom in the Night of Faith:  Beyond Conscious Participation in the Liturgy” Antiphon 16:2, (2012), 100-113.

« Je serai heureuse de t’aider à triompher…», Actes du colloque de Dijon  18-19 novembre 2006, Elisabeth de la Trinité fascinée par Dieu  proche de tous, Toulouse: Collection Carmel vivant, éd. du Carmel (2007).

‘United States Seminaries,’ in Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Teaching, Social Science, Social Policy, Editors Michael L. Coulter, Stephen M. Krason, Richard S. Myers, and Joseph A. Varacalli; Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.

“A Contemplative Witness Today,” Homiletic & Pastoral Review, July, 2006

“Second Response to Keynote Presentation,” Interiority for Mission: Spiritual Formation for Priests of the New Evangelization, the Fourth Annual Symposium on the Spirituality and the Identity of the Diocesan Priest; Proceedings, Creighton, Nebraska: Institute of Priestly Formation, 2005.