Alumni Focus: Service in education

SHU Faculty Portraits

Dr Dianne Traflet

Author, professor, dean: Lay Centre alumna Dr Dianne Traflet has developed a reputable career in the academia.

Currently, Dr Traflet is the associate dean of graduate studies and administration at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., in the United States. She is also assistant professor of pastoral theology there and serves as the director of the university’s Institute for Christian Spirituality. Some of the recent classes she has taught at the university include Women Mystics, Spiritual Theology and History of Christian Spirituality.

Dr Traflet is also active outside the university, giving numerous lectures, retreats and days of recollection to parishes, clergy and religious, and serving on the board of governors of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, Long Island. She has also been interviewed on various programs on Catholic media, including EWTN and Relevant Radio.

She authored the book Edith Stein: A Spiritual Portrait (Pauline Media, 2008). The spiritual legacy of the saint, canonized in 1998, was also the topic of her doctoral dissertation.

She lived at The Lay Centre from 1994 to 1997 while completing her licentiate and doctorate at the Angelicum in sacred theology.

The accomplished academic said she remains “grateful for the confidence” and support of her friends at The Lay Centre and at the Angelicum during her studies.

“It continues to mean the world to me,” she said.

She said an “enduring lesson” she learned at The Lay Centre was “the heart of hospitality,” which described as the “meaning, importance and gift of conscientiously and consistently welcoming our many guests–friends and strangers alike–and making them feel comfortable and at  home.”

“I learned so much about the different work laypeople were doing or hoped to do in the Church,” she continued. “I was edified to see how hard my fellow students were working, how seriously they took their prayer lives and … how much they encouraged one another to pursue their studies and vocations.”

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