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JoAnn Campbell-Rice, Ph.D.


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JoAnn has always loved learning and earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas at Austin. She taught at Indiana University for fourteen years, moving to Minnesota in 2004 to work with higher education at a statewide level. JoAnn received her graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from St. Catherine University and shortly after took a job as spiritual director at Hazelden’s Renewal Center for 8 years, where she taught about the 12 Steps in daily life, offers individual guidance, and hears Fifth Steps.  She now works at Hazelden’s St. Paul facility with emerging young adults.

Having lost her father to a sudden heart attack when she was 16, JoAnn’s work with grief has personal roots. She also specializes in meditation and writing practices, is a journal writer, and practices Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.  JoAnn respects all spiritual paths, including those who have no religious background or specific faith.  JoAnn became a wife and the step-mother of two young men late in life, which has provided opportunities to expand her heart.

“Spiritual Direction supports a person’s focus on the spiritual life—the progress, challenges, blocks, and invitations. I appreciate hearing people’s stories, looking for the sacred in ordinary life, and leaning into the light of connections, which is what spirituality is about to me.”

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