About Us

My pilgrim persona on pilgrimage just outside of Pamplona, Spain.

Hi. My name’s Lance.

I’m a teacher and lecturer, scholar and researcher. I’ve taught at many different places, including the University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, Northwest Vista College, and the University of Texas-San Antonio. I’ve also taught as a high school English teacher and private tutor. In my past life, I was even a Marine Corps infantryman! Semper fidelis.

I’m currently a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at the University of North Texas. My areas of research include environmental ethics and aesthetics, ecophenomenology, philosophy of animals, Asian and comparative philosophies, philosophy in literature, and religion and ecology. I’m also interested in Franciscan spirituality. Much of my time is spent with family.

If you want to check out my CV, see my Academia page: unt.academia.edu/LanceGracy. To contact me, reach out to me via email, at, lance.gracy@gmail.com or via Twitter @lhgracy. And feel free to check out my podcast, The Pilgrim Star Podcast (@pilgrimstarpod).

Hi. My name’s Elizabeth. I’m a wife, mother, and writer. Along with caring for the needs of my family, I enjoy working at the intersection of children’s catechesis and Carmelite spirituality. I also really enjoy playing tennis!

My formal education includes a B.S. in Speech Pathology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) from Texas A&M University. If all goes as expected, I’ll study Spirituality at the Avila Institute. I can be reached via email at eapeltier09@outlook.com.

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