Debra Black

A cradle Catholic, Debra Black received the gift of completing the full 19th annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1998 under individual direction of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She repeated the exercises in 2001 and remained an Associate to the Loreto Sisters through 2009. In 2015 she was missioned through the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality to provide spiritual direction and lead the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. She also is a perpetual member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, former Commissioner for the city of Glendale, AZ and has decades of parish and community service. Over 40 years of professional experience includes 32 years of leadership in international higher education. Debra is mother to Sienna and resides in Bellingham, Washington. You can follow her work at

Articles By Debra Black

Seasons of Change

It is a time of year where all is changing: the air, the leaves, even the makeup of college towns as a sea of students flow in with the tide despite most attending class online.  I change as well. As I reflect upon God’s clear message for me to unload and be free of all


Giving Up the Self-Talk

“Lent is a time of atonement for our sins. But proper atonement isn’t self-denigrating.” Debra Black challenges us to give up negative self-talk.

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