SR. NANCY USSELMANN, FSP National Director

Travels from Los Angeles, CA

Sr. Nancy is a Daughters of St. Paul, women religious dedicated to evangelization in and through the media, and a Media Literacy Education Specialist. She has degrees in Communications Arts and a Masters in Theology and Arts. For over 25 years, Sr. Nancy has given numerous media mindfulness workshops, presentations and film retreats around the country to youth, young adults, catechists, seminarians, teachers and media professionals helping them to create the dialogue between faith and media. 

 

Sr. Nancy was recently appointed Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA

 

SR. NANCY’S TOP WORKSHOPS:

BECOMING CULTURAL MYSTICS: DEVELOPING A CATHOLIC IMAGINATION 

Sr. Nancy introduces participants to a theological understanding of the more profound human experiences expressed in popular film, music, social media, and online gaming. Her theological framework stems from a Christian anthropology that seeks to address the existential questions of humanity, draw them out of the popular cultural experience and provide a theological reflection through an incarnational-sacramental perspective. This leads us to a deeper awareness of the presence of God at work in the world and in common human experience.  

Through this theological inquiry, Sr. Nancy adopts a media mindfulness method that provides a pedagogy to establish this dialogue with popular culture while articulating Christian values, philosophies of life and a distinct Catholic sacramental theological vision of the world. This allows us to become mystics and effective communicators of Christ within the media culture. 


MEDIA MINDFULNESS: FAITH FORMATION IN A DIGITAL AGE 

While reviewing the Church’s understanding of media, especially in catechesis, the participants learn media mindfulness skills for their own media consumption. They also learn to bring this into all aspects of faith formation, as is mandated by the National Catechetical Directory and encouraged by the last three Popes..


SACRAMENTAL IMAGINATION IN DYSTOPIAN STORIES

Taking popular dystopian stories, we evaluate the Catholic way of viewing the world of tangible realities as agents of God’s grace, and bring that into conversation with the popular culture. Through a multi-media presentation, participants learn media mindfulness skills and a way of making faith elemental in daily choices through developing sacramental imaginations. 


TUNING IN TO THE TOP TEN: THEOLOGY OF POPULAR MUSIC

Employing media mindfulness skills, we evaluate the top ten songs on the pop music charts as a way of entering into dialogue with our Gospel values. Through theological reflection, we examine the profound existential yearnings of the human person expressed through the powerful medium of popular music and so discover openings for dialogue and evangelization.