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Seton Hall University

Keynote Speaker

Dianne M. Traflet, J.D. (1988), S.T.D.

Dianne Traflet

Dianne M. Traflet is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Administration, and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology.  Presently, she serves as the director of the Seminary's Institute for Christian Spirituality, overseeing numerous programs, including the Catholic Evangelization Certificate Program based at St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison, NJ, the STEPS program (Seminary's Theological Education for Parish Services), and the Center for Diaconal Formation.  She has served on multiple assessment and accreditation committees for the School of Theology, and currently serves on the School of Medicine's Planning Self-Study Task Force Executive Committee, and as the co-chair of the Catholic Mission and Vision Planning Committee of the School of Medicine and the School of Theology.

Dr. Traflet is the principal author of various grants including a two million dollar " Making Connections" grant from the Lilly Endowment, establishing the Institute for Christian Spirituality, and several grants focusing on the topic of forgiveness. She has been teaching at the School of Theology since 1998, offering such courses as Theology of the Spiritual Life; Christian Spirituality and Suffering; History of Christian Spirituality; Marian Spirituality; Prayer, Discipleship and Community, and Women Mystics.

The author of Edith Stein: A Spiritual Portrait, Dr. Traflet gives lectures, retreats, and parish missions on topics related to the spiritual life. She is a frequent guest on Relevant Radio's Morning Air (1430 AM), and has been featured on television shows such as Faith and Culture, Bookmark, Sunday Night Prime, and Living His Life Abundantly. Currently, she serves on the Board of Governors, St. Joseph's Seminary, New York, and the Board of Overseers, Catholic Distance University, Virginia.   She is a recipient of the Archdiocesan Sesquicentennial Cathedral Jubilee Medal for Dedicated Service to the Archdiocese of Newark.

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